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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

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Anna Fischer
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Hi, I am currently subtitling my film, Lucky Express, and I need advice about how to subtitle? Two questions:
1- I have put the translated subtitles as they are sometimes the sentence is finished on the next image. Do I use an elipsis because the sentence is not finished?

He went to the store and bought ...
(and then next image) ... some milk and some bread.

Do I use the elipsis or not? Am very confused!

Question 2:
I have to subtitle my lead character because even though he is speaking English, it is really bad and basic English. So when I correct him, how much can I correct? The tenses? The words?
As long as I stick to the meaning of what he is saying, is it alright to put words into his mouth?
Right now, I have tried to use the exact words he is using even though the English is wrong. My theory is that all people will be able to understand the basic idea of what he is saying, even though the English is wrong.
When I corrected his English too much, later when I was reading the subtitles, I noticed that it was harder for the brain to fully understand the meaning, because what he was saying in English and what I was reading were similar but different.
Does this make sense? Its so hard to explain!
Anyway, is there a basic Rule Book for handling subtitles correctly which I can refer to?
Many thanks,

Marj Safinia
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Anna, this topic is intended for Help with issues about how the D-Word is running. You should re-post your question in the Mentoring Room

Marj Safinia
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Actually, you should go ahead and apply for professional membership, then ask the question again in the Editing topic.

Troy LaFaye
Wed 3 Aug 2011Link


Will my profile information be searchable on search engines outside of D-Word?

Ben Kempas
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

As explained in the privacy note when editing your profile, the fields with the eye symbol will be visible to everyone.

Troy LaFaye
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 4 Aug 2011 :

Yes, on The D-Word site, but – I am asking about off site search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.


Marj Safinia
Fri 5 Aug 2011Link

Troy, I believe that Google will index that which is "public" on this site.

Peter Gerard
Fri 5 Aug 2011Link

Yes, Google is included when Ben says "everyone". There's also a feature to preview your public profile. Click on your name at the top of this page where it says "Signed in as Your Name" and then you can click in the blue box to switch to Public Preview view. However, I've just noticed that it's not strictly accurate, since your photos and the links to your posts are only seen by logged in users and NOT by Google... I will fix this in the next site update...

Generally though, Google (and users not logged in) only see your name, your website links, your films, and your "Public Bio".

Ben Kempas
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Apologies for the downtime this morning. This was due to an outage at a data centre. Everything should be back to normal now.

Nick Verbitsky
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Anybody have a licensing contact at C-SPAN? I've got a bunch of footage that I need to get cleared, and it seems too much for the std form they offer on the website....

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