Rates per minute for short YouTube videos
Thread poster: Don Threepwood

Don Threepwood
Argentina
English to Spanish
Sep 25

As some of you may know, YouTube has removed community captioning, but now, content creators have started hiring freelancers. An animator I follow recently asked for translators and I thought it was a good idea to give it a shot as it's rare to get work as a student. This would be my first job though. I've seen some people in here work for USD $3.00/4.00 per minute, and other users in the forums saying that's too little.
Considering this guy's videos range between 45 seconds or so and 5 mi
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As some of you may know, YouTube has removed community captioning, but now, content creators have started hiring freelancers. An animator I follow recently asked for translators and I thought it was a good idea to give it a shot as it's rare to get work as a student. This would be my first job though. I've seen some people in here work for USD $3.00/4.00 per minute, and other users in the forums saying that's too little.
Considering this guy's videos range between 45 seconds or so and 5 minutes, what do you think is a fair price?
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sajad neisi
Iran
Local time: 07:04
English to Farsi (Persian)
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Rates per minutes for short YouTube videos Sep 26

I think they should be paid 6 USD per minute. Because translation of clip take so much time and need high accuracy for translating and editing.

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 05:34
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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@Don Sep 27

Don Threepwood wrote:
An animator I follow recently asked for translators and I thought it was a good idea to give it a shot as it's rare to get work as a student.


Well, I think a student should get at least minimum wage, and so my advice is to accept a few such jobs for free so that you can learn how long it takes, and then do the calculation. Or, get some similar videos on YouTube and subtitle them, to see how long it takes on average. Will you be using Amara? Generally, it takes 6-10 minutes to transcribe 1 minute of audio, and then you still have to translate it and make sure everything fits.


 

Tomo Olson  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:34
Japanese to English
I would take low rates - $3 or $2.50 USD / minute or ask the youtuber how much he's willing to pay Sep 29

One outfit I've been working for pays $3.50USD/minute (Mostly TV shows broadcasted on cable) and I'm OK with that. Everything is already timecoded and their software is easy to use, so I can pretty much zip through. There are over 25 freelancers who are registered and many of them are students. I would probably work for less if I was new at subtitling and wanted to gain experience (and pad my CV for future work with other potential outfits). In your case, I wouldn't let the rate dictate your dec... See more
One outfit I've been working for pays $3.50USD/minute (Mostly TV shows broadcasted on cable) and I'm OK with that. Everything is already timecoded and their software is easy to use, so I can pretty much zip through. There are over 25 freelancers who are registered and many of them are students. I would probably work for less if I was new at subtitling and wanted to gain experience (and pad my CV for future work with other potential outfits). In your case, I wouldn't let the rate dictate your decisions as much because you don't have any experience yet, plus many of the subtitlings I've seen on youtube do not look like they're professionally done, so their base rate may be lower to start with. I know people here say they wouldn't work for less than this or that, and that's fine with them, but for my language pair, if I said $6, I'd get zero bites. Some pay $5USD/hour, and I've taken some projects from them, but the content is business-related and jam-packed with words, so it's not fun for me and it can be more time-consuming as well, so I choose to do fun TV shows (mostly fun) with a lower rate which I can zip through more quickly.

Anyway, good luck to you. I hope you get the job and gain some experience so you can find other interesting work in the future.
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