Profession subtitler

Subtitlers can work intralingually, within the same language, or interlingually, across languages. Intralingual subtitlers create the subtitles for hearing-impaired viewers, whereas interlingual subtitlers create the subtitles for movies or television programmes in a different language to the one heard in the audiovisual production. They both ensure that the captions and subtitles are synchronised with the sound, images and dialogue of the audiovisual work.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Artistic / Social

Knowledge

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • Computer equipment

    The offered computers, computer peripheral equipment and software products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

  • Captioning software

    The various software to create captions and subtitles in a file that is merged with the actual footage, such as Telestream and MovieCaptioners.

Skills

  • Condense information

    Summarise the original information without losing the original message and find economic ways of communicating the same.

  • Transcribe dialogues

    Transcribe dialogues accurately and quickly.

  • Translate foreign language

    Translate words, sentences, and concepts from a foreign language into your mother tongue or another foreign language.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Describe scenes

    Watch scenes closely in order to comprehend their essence and describe the spatial element, the sounds, and the dialogue.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

Optional knowledge and skills

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