Video Remote Interpreting is basically a telecommunication service which makes use of wireless devices for video interpreting or sign language interpretation services over the internet. This is normally done via a remote or onsite interpreter, so as to communicate directly with people having a communication difficulty, whether it is through a phone network or the internet. In some cases, it may also be done live over the internet, by emailing or faxing the interpreting instructions and the video recording. Video Remote Interpreting can also be done by an agency which provides such services, or by individuals themselves who are qualified in video interpretation technology.
A video remote interpreting service, as its name suggests, uses video rather than any other form of audio or data to interpret voice. Thus, it is the primary mode of video communication in the business sector, as the majority of companies cannot afford to employ their own in-house video interpreting services, as the cost involved is very high. Therefore, video remote interpreting services became the first choice for many organizations wishing to provide their employees with sign language interpretation services. However, the recent revolution in the field of the internet has resulted in the emergence of numerous Video Remote Interpreters.
These are devices, typically in the form of a USB, which are used to enable users of different languages to converse with each other using a common keyboard and mouse. In the case of video remote interpreting, this data is usually sent through the internet to a remote site, where the interpreter works from. For example, if a user requests information in English from a Spanish speaking person, the interpreter would simply type the information into his data base and send it over the internet to the required user. Video Remote Interpreters enable a large number of people to interact with each other across different language barriers, thereby achieving social distancing in business meetings and other forms of social events.
Video Remote Interpreter vendors have come up with a wide range of Video Remote Interpreter models for different purposes. For instance, there are those designed specifically for business conferences and other group discussions, which have the latest technology like voice translation software and flashlights for better visibility during interpreting. There are also Voice Over IP Video Remote Interpreter models, which have a microphone and speaker incorporated in one single unit, allowing the interpreter to communicate verbally over the IP network. There are also manual Video Remote Interpreters, which can be operated through the desktop computer or through handheld video game consoles like the PSP and Nintendo DS.
Video remote interpretation is usually done in a collaborative fashion between interpreters and the clients/users, with the use of specialized text-to-speech softwares. The softwares are usually written in software languages like Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple Mac etc. Video Remote Interpreters usually comes with built-in dictionaries and specialized interpretation software, allowing the interpreter to deliver clear and accurate interpretations of the messages being passed on. Video remote interpretation is mostly used by the medical and legal profession for interpreting difficult audio signals in medical situations and court cases. Video Remote Interpreters are also used extensively by television stations in broadcasting live events and news footage, which require the seamless interpretation of complex streaming audio.
Video Remote Interpreters are a boon to the on-site interpreters who often work alone and face the anxiety of having to effectively interpret in front of a large audience, while performing their own special skills as an interpreter. Video Remote Interpreting allows an on-site interpreter to deliver the same professionalism, efficiency and credibility as a video conference server does. The Video Remote Interpreter allows the user to deliver flawless Interpretation of speech that can be read by a regular TV viewer. Some of the advantages of using a Video Remote Interpreter include:
* Increases productivity- Interpreters who have a Video Remote Interpreter working in tandem with them, are able to work more accurately and faster, translating words and sentences into digital form, which is easier to send to a Video Remote Interpreter. * Increases client satisfaction – as most clients would prefer a Video Remote Interpreter working in tandem with the on-site interpreting team rather than having an on-site interpreting team translate and interpret the material, which might sometimes be difficult to understand. * Greater confidence in the work – as there is no longer any need for on-site interpreters to translate materials to a video screen, as the video interpreting team can do it for them. * Increases productivity and saves money – as the interpreter can deliver accurate and clear Interpretation, increasing the speed with which they deliver materials to clients, resulting in increased revenue. * Decreases occurrence of communication gaps and misunderstandings – as clients get more detailed information, there is less need for translation errors, which leads to misunderstandings.
* Works in all environment – unlike in the past where interpreters used to only work inside the office, now a Video Remote Interpreter is capable of interpreting over the phone as well as in person. * Works with people of different cultures and languages – working with interpreters who have a background in a variety of languages and cultures will definitely help in reducing interpreter’s language barriers and translating in a way that most clients will be comfortable with. * Has better technical expertise – as the interpreter works with a Video Remote Interpreter who has better technical expertise, he or she is also capable of providing technical support whenever needed. * The Video Remote Interpreter is technically advanced – this is one of the benefits of a Video Remote Interpreter compared to an On-Site Interpreter. In the advent of Video Remote Interpreters, those who have a desire to be more internationally focused can now work from their home offices and at the same time provide high quality translation and interpretation service to their respective clients.