Video Remote Interactive Interpreters or Video RIs, is one of the new technologies emerging in the field of computer-assisted translation. A Video RII is a software application that makes use of a computer with an installed webcam to enable a translator to interact with a client using a translator’s speech or text input. Like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), this technology enables the translator to provide the service while at the same time avoiding the need for the user to speak, although this particular technology does not require the user to actually be present on the other end of the line.
Video RIs differs from Voice Over IP by the way they work. As discussed in the previous Telephone Interpreter paragraph, Video RIs falls into the Remote Interpretation umbrella of services. In a typical VoI scenario, a limited English speaker and the limited ASL interpreter are both located together in a place with an internet enabled desktop computer or a wireless device (like a smartphone or a small tablet) equipped with an IP camera or a high-end smart phone with an integrated video camera, with internet access.
The Video RII system is essentially a software program that takes a translation from a text document and automatically translates it into ASL. With a few clicks, the translator can switch between a text and audio format of speech as needed, providing a very high level of flexibility. This video RII is also a very cost-effective solution because it is not necessary to buy any hardware to enable a Virtual Interpreter session.
With Video RIs, the translator is not limited to translating into only one language. Instead, the translator is given the ability to translate multiple languages at once. This gives the translator a much wider scope of expertise in the area of interpretation than most interpreters. Video RIs not only allows the translator to provide interpretation for two or more languages simultaneously, but also allows them to provide interpreting services in conjunction with the translator that provides text.
Video RIs has a lot of similarities with Voice Over IP in that they provide the user with a way to communicate using the web-based software in addition to their native language. However, the main difference is that the translator is capable of communicating with the client using his or her native language and not using text.
The process of Video Interpreter is different from Voice Over IP as it is much more interactive. This interaction is usually between the translator and the client, with the translator being able to communicate in a wide variety of ways while the client provides textual or non-textual information.
To be able to provide visual assistance in a Video RII, the translator has to take a series of commands from the client, usually presented to him or her by the client in a variety of ways. This command sequence is usually recorded in a text file which the translator must then convert into text, or an image, depending on the needs of the client.
The advantages of a Video RII are obvious. For one, it is a much cheaper alternative to the traditional method of telecommunication, with no need for a high-end smart phone, an internet enabled PC, and a large screen. The translator can also interact in real-time with the client by providing the information required by the client through a simple command-and-response system. Furthermore, it is much more affordable than traditional telecommunication services and much less expensive than conventional methods such as VoIP and Interpraxis.
One of the greatest advantages of Video RII services is their use in medical situations. Doctors who conduct surgeries may require a skilled interpreter who can give information on the surgery as it is being performed. Patients needing medical services may need a translator to explain the medical procedure so that they can understand the doctor’s instructions correctly. Video RIs can also be used by nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to provide medical services to patients who have limited understanding about the medical procedures.
Medical interpreters who work with video interpreters, or who are in charge of interpreting medical cases, often recommend Video RIs because of the flexibility that it offers. This flexibility can be very useful for those who travel to various places, whether internationally or locally. and must make sure that they get the same quality of service that is available in the location where they are working.
Video RIs can also be very useful in business meetings and conventions. Because the interpreter is not limited to only one language, the translator can give verbal and non-verbal information in a number of ways. This will allow them to provide the best possible translation for the speaker, thus allowing him or her to provide good service and confidence. They will also be able to offer the best possible customer service, especially if the person they are translating for is from another country or culture.