JBI Studios' Blog on Voice-Over, Dubbing, and Multimedia Localization.

4 Tips for Recording Foreign-Language Audiobook Voice-Over

With the advent of online portals like Audible, Google Audiobooks, Scribd and Kobo, audiobooks have become a regular part of many people’s day. And of course, they’re now a significant segment of the voice-over and multimedia localization industries. That means that producers and language services providers must know how to record audiobooks.

This post lists 4 tips for high-quality and cost-effective foreign-language audiobook voice-over production.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Translation & Localization

Why Script Format Is Critical to Voice-Over & Dubbing Project Success

Some of the critical elements for successful foreign-language voice-over and dubbing projects are obvious – the quality of the script translations, casting the right native-speaker voice actors, and of course, ensuring a rigorous quality assurance process. Others, like script format, are much less so. But this one element is critical to recording high-quality audio and ensuring seamless project launches, and producers and multimedia localization professionals must be familiar with it.

This post explains studio script format, and why it’s critical for voice-over and dubbing projects.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Dubbing Translation & Localization

What You Must Know to Record Multilingual IVR & Voice-Over Prompts

Most people hear interactive voice response (IVR) and voice-over prompts multiple times every day, whether on public transportation, on their phone, on GPS systems, or on a customer service call. And of course, many of these systems have multilingual options, especially in the US, making it a common request in multimedia localization. It’s critical that producers and localization professionals know what this content requires for high-quality production and seamless integration.

This post details what you must know to record multilingual IVR and voice-over prompts.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Translation & Localization

What 2019 Will Bring for Voice-Over, Dubbing & Subtitling Localization

It’s time to look at the trends we expect to shape foreign-language voice-over, video dubbing and subtitling in the year ahead. 2018 was a year of rapid growth and tumultuous change in multimedia localization. This coming year we expect similarly robust growth, but also the solidification of a few long-term trends in the industry, particularly around online video streaming.

This post lists the three trends we believe will impact multimedia localization in 2019.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Subtitles & Captions Dubbing Translation & Localization Video Translation

E-Learning & Video Localization Quote Checklist (Free PDF)

E-Learning localization is the hardest task in foreign-language multimedia. If a project workflow doesn't account for every element in a course, production budgets can increase drastically and builds can end up with both linguistic and functional bugs. It's critical to set up e-Learning projects properly – and that starts with a rigorous quoting process.

This post provides JBI Studios' E-Learning, Audio & Video Localization Quote Checklist, an easy-to-use table to help you get a quick, accurate and comprehensive quote for your e-Learning projects.

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Topics: Video Translation Translation & Localization e-Learning

The Top Voice-Over, Dubbing, Subtitling & E-Learning Posts of 2018

2018 is almost over, so it's time to look at the greatest hits of the year on the JBI Studios Blog – the most-read posts about voice-over, dubbing, subtitling and e-Learning localization. Our readers flocked to our analyses of new media challenges, as well as to our how-to's on the basics of multimedia localization production. And in all, the list reflects the rapid industry growth of the past year.

Here they are  the 5 most-read posts of 2018 on the JBI Studios Blog.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Voice-over & Audio Video Translation e-Learning Translation & Localization

What You Must Know About Voice-Over & Video Localization for Podcasts

You probably listen to them while commuting, working out or washing the dishes. You may even “binge” them, or devour new episodes the minute they drop. Of course, we’re talking about podcasts, which have experienced a huge boom in the last few years – and are quickly becoming a common request for voice-over & video localization. What do you need to know to produce high-quality localized podcasts?

This post details what producers and multimedia localization professionals must know for podcast localization.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Dubbing Translation & Localization

Subtitling & Video Localization Quote Checklist (Free PDF)

Captioning and subtitling workflows have strict processes and technical specifications for integration. Minor issues during setup, in fact, can lead to caption and subtitle tracks that don't display properly – or don't appear at all. That means that thorough project scoping is critical to the success of video localization and accessibility projects. Not sure what information you need to get an accurate quote?

This post provides JBI Studios' Subtitling, Captioning & Video Localization Quote Checklist, an easy-to-use table with the information you need to quote your projects properly.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Video Translation Translation & Localization

The 3 Elements of Marketing Transcreation Voice-Over & Video Production

Transcreation is the key to great multilingual marketing spots. Why? Because this service creates content specifically for each locale, maximizing the engagement of your international audience through expert copywriting, voice-over, dubbing, titles replacement, conceptual re-design and video production. And of course, it's tricky to get right. So what do marketing and multimedia localization professionals need to know to ensure successful transcreation projects?

This post lists the 3 basics elements you must know for cost-effective and timeline-sensitive transcreation.

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Topics: Transcreation Voice-over & Audio Translation & Localization Video Translation

Voice-Over, Dubbing & Video Localization Quote Checklist (Free PDF)

Accurate quoting is critical to the success of any voice-over, dubbing or video localization production. It avoids last-minute additions to the budget and delays in the timeline. But it's also necessary to ensure a cost-effective and streamlined workflow  and a high-quality production. Not sure what you need for a thorough quote?

This post provides JBI Studios' Voice-Over, Dubbing & Video Localization Quote Checklist, with all the information you need for a quote in one easy-to-use table.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Video Translation Translation & Localization

Glossary of Captioning & Subtitling Terms (Free PDF)

Captioning & subtitling for corporate, e-Learning and entertainment content has never been more streamlined or cost-effective. In fact, it takes work to keep up with the constant improvements in functionality and language support, even for seasoned studio professionals. But it's still critical to have a working knowledge of this technology to keep multimedia localization projects on time and on budget and we can help with the terminology.

This post provides JBI Studios' Glossary of Captioning & Subtitling Terms, an invaluable tool for video accessibility and localization projects.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Video Translation Translation & Localization

4 Tips to Avoid Text Corruption When Subtitling Right-to-Left Languages

Text-based formats like SRT and WebVTT have revolutionized subtitling and captioning, making the process more adaptable, streamlined and cost-effective, especially for multilingual releases. Right-to-left languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Hebrew have been no exception. That said, these languages still require special attention to avoid issues in text-based deliverables.

This post lists the 4 tips multimedia localization professionals must know to ensure the integrity of their right-to-left subtitling projects.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Video Translation Translation & Localization

4 Tips for Voice-Over & Dubbing Quality Assurance (QA) Reviews

Quality assurance (QA) reviews are critical to ensuring the accuracy and integrity of any multilingual voice-over or video dubbing project. But just having QA as part of your multimedia localization workflow isn’t enough. You also have to get it right – and that requires knowing what to do during project setup and script translation.

This post lists four tips to ensure successful QA reviews in foreign-language audio projects.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Dubbing Translation & Localization Video Translation

5 Tips for Subtitling Foreign-Language Video Footage for Editors

Multilingual footage – including field interviews and B-roll – can be a huge challenge for editors if they don’t know the languages spoken. Fortunately, subtitling is a cost-effective and rapid solution to this problem. The workflow for footage subtitles requires a few small adjustments from the standard process – and of course, it’s critical to know what they are for project success.

This post will list five tips that multimedia localization professionals and producers must know to subtitle footage for editors.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Video Translation Translation & Localization

5 Quick Tips for Multilingual Video Production & Localization

Video is critical to any organization’s communications strategy. And for companies with international audiences or employees, so is video localization – in particular multilingual video production. With the advent of digital video, this localization and transcreation option has become increasingly cost-effective and streamlined. But it still requires rigorous preparation for projects to succeed.

This post lists the five tips multimedia localization professionals must know to produce cost-effective multilingual video suites.

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Topics: Video Translation Translation & Localization

What You Must Know for Multi-Language Subtitling Localization

Multi-language subtitling – in which subtitles in two languages are displayed at once – is an increasingly common deliverable for video localization projects. Why? Because many clients have multilingual workforces or audiences who will watch a video at the same time, often in a live setting or an in-store display. However, these subtitle projects are tricky to pull off – and it’s critical to know what you’re doing.

This post will list the five tips multimedia localization professionals must keep in mind to produce high-quality multi-language subtitled videos.

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Topics: Subtitles & Captions Translation & Localization Video Translation

4 Cost-Saving Tips for Corporate & e-Learning Video Localization

Corporate and e-Learning content is particularly tricky when it comes to video localization. The information itself is difficult to get right, especially if it has legal or administrative terms. At the same time, localization accuracy is often critical to the safety of customers and employees. So what can video producers do to make their content localization more accurate – and more cost-effective?

This post lists 4 tips that corporate and e-Learning video producers must keep in mind as they develop their source videos.

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Topics: Video Translation Dubbing Translation & Localization

Storyline 360 Adds Font Substitution for E-Learning Localization

Most fonts don’t have multilingual support – this has always been a challenge for document, multimedia and e-Learning localization. Fortunately, desktop publishing and design applications have incorporated several features to deal with this issue. The latest is Articulate Storyline 360, which recently added a global font substitution interface, bringing a smile to the faces of multimedia localization professionals everywhere.

This post will review the new Storyline font substitution feature – and explain why it’s a big deal.

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Topics: e-Learning Translation & Localization

3 Tips for e-Learning Localization in Proprietary Course Formats

Off-the-shelf software like Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline has been critical to the surge in e-Learning localization in the past decade. But a lot of older courses were created using proprietary software or developer platforms that don’t have the same level of translation support – and some courses many have even been coded “by hand.” As you can imagine, they present particularly tricky challenges to e-Learning localization. So what are multimedia project managers to do when they get one?

Start with this post, which lists three tips for localizing e-Learning courses created in proprietary programs.

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Topics: e-Learning Translation & Localization

3 Ways to Lower Voice-Over & Dubbing Pick-Up Session Costs

Pick-ups are the bane of multilingual voice-over recording projects. But content can require updates after recording, clients can make script changes, and in-country managers can ask for tweaks. In short, sometimes there’s just no way to avoid a pick-up session. Fortunately, there are a couple things you can do to minimize their cost and disruption to a project’s timeline.

This post will list 3 tips that may save you time and money the next time you have pick-ups.

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Topics: Voice-over & Audio Video Translation Translation & Localization

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