Calling Volunteers to Translate How-To Videos for Activists
Posted on February 3, 2011 by Chris Michael
We have been watching events unfold in Egypt through hundreds of videos and photos of people standing-up for freedom and caring for the injured to violent battles and a police van rushing through crowds of citizens, hitting and sending some of them feet in the air. If there ever was a doubt about the power of video to document and shine a spotlight on abuses, I think we can agree that doubt has been shattered.
Calling for Volunteers
Beyond watching, we are sharing our resources on how to film safely, securely and effectively (see my colleague Sam Gregory’s recent post on this), but we need your help to do this better and more broadly. We need volunteers to help translate four key videos that spotlight the most important video for change tips and techniques. Tips range from how to film and conduct interviews to techniques for filming safely and effectively during protests. To give you an idea, here’s one of the videos:
How You Can Help in 3 Easy Steps
We are prioritizing versions in Farsi, French, Portuguese, Urdu, Russian and Swahili (though other languages are certainly welcome). The videos are currently in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, Spanish – in part or in-full. We invite you to translate an entire video or start a translation. Each video is less than 4 minutes and have limited text.
dotSub has a great batch of resources and tutorials if you need them, but it’s a very simple process:
- Create an Account
- Choose one or all of these four videos (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
- Click “Translate” and begin translating the transcript we’ve provided
If you can’t contribute language skills, please consider sharing this post with your friends via all of the social media sites that were recently blocked when the Egyptian government shut down the Internet throughout the country.
Many thanks for your help and please add any questions, ideas or comments below.
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