How to collaborate with a small team

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29 Mar, 2012 02:52 AM


I am a volunteer in a non-profit organization (

We recently had a workshop with a Brazilian speaker and we recorded his lecture.

Now, we would like to add subtitles to the whole lecture (about 3 hours of video) in English so a broader audience can have access to it.

We have volunteers that would be happy to collaborate in this project, but we still do not have the right tool to do it.

When I found Universal Subtitles I was amazed by the quality of the software and the idea in general.

Can you assist us in setting a frame of work so that our team of volunteers can collaborate to create this subtitles?

Currently the video is in raw format in some DVD.
We would like to create the subtitles and then add them to the high quality video in DVD format, so we can distribute in our center.

Thank you for your help and any insights you can provide us.


  1. 1 Posted by claude.almansi on 09 Apr, 2012 12:27 AM

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    Hi Nahur,

    I'm just a user, so I'll let the Amara people reply in detail on formal team structures that can be used. Meanwhile you might wish to have a look at / join one of the teams listed in .
    From my user's experience, though, it seems to me that you might not need a formal team structure as you all already collaborate and communicate. The problem with a 3 hour video is the transcribing. Could you consider splitting it into shorter parts, on the final DVD too?
    Otherwise, if you want to have the video in one block, you might agree on a few simple rules, like always marking the timing you've reached when you stop transcribing, and possibly also for passages you don't understand, so that the others can easily find these points before the transcript gets synchronized into subtitles. When you synchronize the transcript into subtitles, you can then remove these added markings.
    Where were you thinking of hosting the video/s?



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