Subtitles & Translation: Narrator AND simultaneously displayed (different) written text?
Thread poster: Barnaby Mulcahy

Barnaby Mulcahy  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:13
English to German
Jun 28, 2017

Dear Transcriptors,

I have a video file I am to do the (translated) subtitles for. The problem is that in the oriignal video file permanently incoming SMS are shown in language xx while after a short while the narrator talks in language xx OVER the displayed short messages. For people who understand the language xx it is no problem to read the messages and listen to the narrator as well, maybe with moving the attention slightly away from reading the SMS to listening to the narrator (that was what I did at least).

So far so good. But how on earth should that be displayed in translated subtitles? Either transcripting ALL - sms & narrator (can´t be the right way, too much info) OR subtitling the narrator only but in this case: What about the info´s in the displayed SMS? Or any other way how to handle this situation?

Thanks for your input!

Kind regards,
W


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:13
Member (2009)
English to German
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Different colors Jun 28, 2017

I know that the subtitles on the Spanish TV are shown in different colors, one for each speaker. Perhaps you can pick up this idea.

 

Jan Truper
Germany
Local time: 01:13
Member (2016)
English to German
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Forced narratives Jun 28, 2017

Under item 9 on the following page you find information how Netflix handles this:
https://backlothelp.netflix.com/hc/en-us/articles/217351587-German-Timed-Text-Style-Guide

In order to maintain a feasible reading speed, you will likely have to decide what is important and what is not.


 


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