As mentioned in Phone Interpreting services, Video Remote Interpreters or VRI falls within the Remote Interprening umbrella of services. In a typical VRI situation, the only English speaking client is located at a place with an integrated PC, a laptop equipped with a high quality webcam, and either a smart phone or tablet (like a tablet or a smartphone) equipped with an advanced video camera.
It is very important to realize that when a client uses an integrated PC, laptop, or smart phone, he or she has an advantage over someone who does not have such a device. The PC, laptop or smart phone can be used for the majority of VRI tasks, and it can also be used for the purpose of watching the video remotely, which allows for better communication between the VRI client and the interpreter. It is important to note that some interpreters use a separate PC for video playback, while other interpreters use a single PC for both viewing and playback of video.
Most video remote interpreters will allow clients to make the video and audio files on the client’s system and then load them on the interpreter’s screen, and they will also allow clients to adjust the audio to fit the interpreter’s speech without changing the video. They are generally a single-player application.
It is extremely common for a translator to provide his or her interpreter with both the text files and a video player or Smart Phone. When clients want to view the video files remotely, the video should be played at full screen so that the interpreter can see exactly what the client is looking at, as well as being able to pause and play at the right moment. Some VRIs provide for the possibility of watching multiple video files and then choosing which one to be translated or rewound and repeated. This enables a translator to provide a much more comprehensive translation service to his or her clients.
Some VRIs allow the interpreter to translate the audio as well as the video and text files, and many allow the translator to listen to both in the same time. Others may allow the interpreter to switch between both the audio and text files and between the text files and video as needed. Most VRIs provide a few buttons on the screen that can be used to start a new audio or video file from any point in the session.
In the same way as Phone Interprening services, most VRIs are web-based applications. Most also include several tools for viewing the text files and for searching for and playing back video files on the internet.
The key benefit of being able to view the text files on your smart phone and listen to the audio on your smart phone is that clients and interpreters can work more efficiently while on the go. This saves both interpreters and clients precious time by allowing them to keep working on other important business. In addition, it also enables them to use their phones or tablets while they travel. In some cases, they may also be able to perform simultaneous translations and interpretations.
Video interpretation is becoming the norm in many business situations. It offers a number of advantages over other forms of interpreting. In addition to being able to present documents and speeches in a language that most people are familiar with, the ability to view and listen to the video and receive video interpretation provides interpreters with the ability to convey information to clients in a way that is not possible to do via a written word document.