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shfranke
United States
Local time: 21:07
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Arabic subtitling of American movies is not new Aug 8, 2010

Greetings.

While this is an interesting article, one might mention that the writer's opinions are inaccurate and considerably out of date.

[1] Various post-production firms based in the Los Angeles / Hollywood area have been doing into-Arabic subtitling/captioning -- and concomitant re-coding [which is much mroe laborious and time-consuming] of scenes / frames -- for over 10 years. One example of a pioneer firm in Arabic subtitling is Captions, Inc., based in Burbank, California (that firm may have moved recently).

[2] The visual text of inserted Arabic subtitles must be in the style called "Formal Educated Arabic (in some circles, erroneously labeled as "Modern Standard Arabic," or "MSA).

Subtitling of dialog rendered in Arabic colloquial dialects cannot be rendered accurately or satisfactorily in the Arabic alphabet (long story kept short: when that was tried, only confusion and consternation resulted).

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Based on my earlier work with some of those post-production firms as advisor on content, standards, and correct Arabic subtitling, the major factor on whether to insert Arabic subtitling in a film production is the producing studio's perception of a market and the favorable receptivity of Arabic-reading audiences to the film.

Hope this helps elucidate the subject.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California

[Edited at 2010-08-08 00:42 GMT]


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xxxOlaf
Local time: 06:07
English to German
Formal Educated Arabic vs. MSA ? Aug 9, 2010

Stephen Franke wrote:
[2] The visual text of inserted Arabic subtitles must be in the style called "Formal Educated Arabic (in some circles, erroneously labeled as "Modern Standard Arabic," or "MSA).

The Arabic subtitles that I've seen so far looked pretty much like MSA to me. Could you please give a brief summary about the differences between Formal Educated Arabic and MSA and point out some telltale signs of subtitles in Formal Educated Arabic?

Thanks,
Olaf


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