WARNING: We must face the truth. If your firm is just a file-pusher, merely reselling the work of the cheapest translators available in the marketplace, don't waste your time reading this! These suggestions may add value to your work, however they won't cut down costs!
|Free||Player||A very versatile video and DVD player; it enables you to watch video files, being compatible with countless formats, and capable of rendering subtitles in real time, when these are available in a separate file.|
|Free||List technical features for several video files at once||Just drag & drop as many videos as you want to its window, and you'll get a table with the essential info you need for a cost estimate (e.g. file type, screen size, playing time in minutes and seconds, plus their sum, among others). It spares you from having to open each video, one at a time, write down its playing time, and add all together.|
A necessary complement for PlayTime above
PlayTime is actually just a very practical Graphic User Interface (GUI) for all the data gathered by MediaInfo, so its installation is required to provide you with all the info on the videos.
Any Video Converter
|Free or $||Download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, etc., convert video formats and sizes||If the video to translate/localize is hosted in YouTube, Vimeo, etc., this program can download it to your computer by merely copying and pasting its URL. It also converts between different video file formats, frame sizes, etc.|
|Free or $||Transcribe/translate audio or video files efficiently||This program is not specifically for you, but for you to recommend to your translators who aren't aware of the most efficient way to transcribe/translate audio or video files.|
|Free||Audio editor||If you have a video where the audio is too bad, you may use this program to Normalize the volume so it is possible to hear it. With some practice, you'll be able to remove noise, such as a hum or hiss.|
|Free||Convert DVD into IMG and vice-versa||This program is useful to convert a DVD crammed with files into one single IMG file, and then to convert this file into an exact replica of the original disk. It's good to transmit a DVD via FTP or cloud (DropBox, WeTransfer, etc.) without messing up the DVD structure.|