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Netflix Hermes test
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snupy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:37
English to Korean
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Mar 2

[Edited at 2018-03-02 03:29 GMT]


Tsu Dho Nimh
Local time: 01:37
This explains a lot of bad subtitles! Mar 7

I don't translate, but my Spanish is decent. I use subtitles as an aid when the accents are unfamiliar. And the quality of the subtitling is erratic.

Binge-watching Spanish films and TV series on Netflix is odd at times. A set of twins (gemelos) mysteriously appears in "Velvet" subtitles with no context that supports them. Should have been "cufflinks". Someone dropped the "no" out of a phrase in another drama which affected the plot for those people who didn't catch the Spanish correctly.

I wonder how screwed up the K-dramas are.

Netflix should not try to go from Korean to Basque in one step ... paying for a really good transcript and translation into English and from there into the target language would improve their quality a lot, and make it easier to find the translators they need.

Nicole König

Marga Dorao  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:37
English to Spanish
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Thanks! Mar 13

Thanks for your reply. I am not sure I have the time or energy for reading the whole thread so I'll just take your word for it. Moving on!icon_smile.gif

Catherine Howard wrote:

Marga Dorao wrote:

Sooo, I finally took the test and I got the results the second I submitted the last exercise. How can this be? One would think somebody would even bother to read what you've wrote (especially in the two last tests) before "grading" it, right? I am annoyed, to be honest.

Marga, if you read through this discussion thread, you'll see that this issue was talked about a *lot*. I know, it's a long, but you'll learn an incredible amount not only about Netflix and this particular test, but about how the translation "industry" ends up screwing everything up. This particular fiasco is not unique to translation.

In a word, don't sit by your phone waiting for that flood of subtitling projects you might have dreamed of. This thread largely reveals why. I cant in good conscience say "Hope you enjoy it", but perhaps I can cough out a "Hope your eyes get opened by it".


Nathalie Schon  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:37
German to French
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Bye Mar 20

Hermes test is closed now. Netflix isn't looking for new subtitlers anymore.
Well, at least we will have far less people saying "I am a translator, I want to be a subtitler" because some idiot journalist wrote "If you like movies, you can get paid for subtitling."

Duygu Mengioğlu Neşeli

Local time: 14:07
English to Bengali
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Hermes TEST is closed for now. Mar 23

The Netflix/ Hermes Test has been closed now.

Even I had taken the test sometime in 2016 for Hindi language. I also wanted to take the test in Bengali language but surprisingly they don't have the language in their list, though Netflix has quite some Bengali movies in the Movie list.

Magdalena Adamus wrote:

I'm genuinely surprised that no one have started this topic yet.
I was wondering who of you took the test and, more importantly, who already got their results? In my case 10 days have not passed yet, but from what I know from other people, this is definitely going to be longer. I really blame all the news portals, that started shouting 'Netflix is going to pay USERS for translation and they'll give you bazzillion of dollars for a minute!', which encourage thousands of people with no experience to take the test (and therefore swamp revisers with tones of additional work).
Anyway, I'm not entirely happy about how my test went, especially because I got the notorious American football video, which was way out of my specialty scope and the vocabulary was awful. Also italicizing function was not working nor in my case nor in anybody's else, so I'm silently hoping that they will notice that and not take that into account when evaluating.
What is also bothering me is that I took the test even before my clients started contacting me about it, so I registered as individual translator (with hope of being able to work with Netflix directly). Now I'm not able to add my clients anywhere and I'm afraid that with this huge load of tests, Netflix is going to prioritize assessing their vendors' candidates first.


Local time: 09:37
English to Italian
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QC test Jul 13

Hi Alejandra, I'm going to take the same test as you, and I have a little doubt. Do you remember if the platform shows the shot changes? For example with some lines in the waveform...

Thank you!

Alejandra Garcia Romero wrote:

I was contacted in October by TVT and I did the QC Backlot test during the Christmas holidays. The test is a bit more difficult as you have to translate and check every single subtitle frame by frame and categorize the errors found according to Netflix's timing specifications. Initially, the time given to submit the test was 48 hours, but they have expanded it to one week.

During the test, you have a 7-minute video with two clips, one from Orange is the New Black and another from House of Cards. House of Cards is mostly about timing, characters per line and text style (italiziced words, etc.) and Orange is the New Black is mostly about shot changes.

I have not received any feedback yet, so I cannot give more information. However, if any of you is going to take it, I would strongly recommend to focus on shot changes as some of the subtitles are very tricky.


Wiebke Myohl  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:37
English to German
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Why Netflix Shut Down Its Translation Portal Hermes Nov 6

When I read that the Hermes portal is no longer in use I remembered this thread. Maybe the article below is of interest to some who took the Hermes test.


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