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TED in India and TED translation

February 25, 2009

Stephen Collins recently came back from the TED conference, and during our discussion around TED he mentioned two things which are worth sharing. So I did some googling to know more about following interesting news pieces  –

1. TED Global will be coming to india this year in November (Link)

2. TED Translation program – In March TED with support from NOKIA will be rolling out TED Translation program which,  So every TED talk will come with English Subtitles to it, which can be converted to other languages (including Hindi and Tamil) using the tool on website. Further they will open up the framework so that anyone in the world can translate the Talk into any language. Viola!! TED talks will be avaialble for everyone to get inspired …language will no longer be a barrier.

I was more interested in the second one for few weeks back  a friend of mine came up with this idea of making informative videos available in local indian languages. At that point of time we thought of  dubbing  TED talks in local languages.  Forget Dubbing! This open framework will make life very easy! little bit of search landed me up at another neat website called Dotsub – Any video any language! it says upload any video and help translate into any lanugages. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds neat. Check the following TED announcement video of TED translation program on Dotsub website (note the trnascript and the subtitles)

Good work TED!


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    February 26, 2009 2:23 am

    TED is actually using Dotsub technology and APIs to accomplish this. So every subtitle you are seeing on TED was actually produced on and resides at http://dotsub.com
    You may even be able to go there to add your own language at some point in the future.

  2. February 26, 2009 11:50 am

    I visited the TED site. Seems cool. Looking forward for more of this stuff.

  3. abhishek permalink
    June 9, 2009 11:05 am

    Thanks for posting about TEDIndia. Just a reminder that those who wish to apply for the TEDIndia Fellows the deadline is a week from today June 15, 2009. Information here at http://www.ted.com/fellows

  4. March 13, 2010 10:09 am

    Great article! I bet a lot of work went into this post.

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