What is Spot Check Quality Control?
Thread poster: sskool

United Kingdom
English to Thai
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Mar 28

Hi all,

I am new to subtitling and recently I was offered to do a spot check QC for subtitles. Could anyone please clarify to me what should be checked apart from the correctness of the translation? Do I need to check if the timing are appropriate, sound quality, image quality and other technical stuff as well?

Thank you

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jbjb  Identity Verified
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Spot check Mar 29

You are never expected to check any technical stuff because you will be working with a very low res copy of the video file.
Just check the correctness of the translation and if the subtitles appear at the right time.
Spot check usually means you review a few minutes at the beginning, a few minutes in the middle and a few at the end - and if there are no major problems, you assume that the rest of the file is OK as well.

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Samer Jaatoul
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Netflix Mar 29

Is it with Netflix?

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Jacqueline Sieben  Identity Verified
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Yes, Netflix Mar 29

I have been doing quite a few Spot QCs of Netflix content - lots of sitcoms, cartoons and a couple of films too. It's boring, does not pay well ($ 4.50 per episode), but I needed the additional income at the time.

[Edited at 2017-03-29 18:17 GMT]

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