English German Video Translation (What is a Babybündel?)

English German Video Translation (What is a Babybündel?)

> English German Video Translation (What is a Babybündel?) [January 10, 2019]

Introduction

QBL Media’s platform provides a client with the ability to transcribe and translate content to/from a number of languages, as discussed here. What we are going to do today is transcribe content to a different language, and use a practical example to demonstrate the technology.

We will be using this video, from the team at NSWHealth. The video is a simple, but effective solution for young mothers, where NSWHealth provide a useful box of household items aimed at first time mothers.

The idea is to (1) transcribe from English, (2) translate to German, (3) transcribe to German, with the end output being the same video in German. To illustrate using a contrast, we use a male German voice. That is, we are doing a English to German video translation. Please play the video to see the end result of the process described below.

Baby Bundle: English Audio Muted + German Audio Overlaid

Steps

  1. Please direct your browser to www.qbl-media.com, and then click on the Login button. On successfully logging into the application, select the template, and using the highlighted button, View Template: myTemplate.

  2. For a detailed discussion of how to edit the template, have a look at this post. But the template should look similar to below, note we require both an audio component and a video component.

  3. The Language Options have also been opened up, and the translation possibilites are shown. In this case, we can translate the video into French, German or Hindi.

    Template showing Language and Structure Options

    Template showing Language and Structure Options

  4. Lets quickly create an item of type myTemplate, called baby_bundle and upload the video. The voice’s are unsurprisingly, Australian female which we will switch to German male to demonstrate the multiple voices. Below is the original video from NSW Health.

    Baby Bundle: Original

  5. We do a quick transcription, and then investigate the returned Captions. The captions are pretty good, but its important to check the result. A good rule of thumb is to check when different people start talking, as the differences in how two individuals sound, can confuse the AI.

  6. In this specific case, the AI missed the early part of what the gentleman was saying at the 00:30 second mark. The captions, after some manual editing look like below.

    Captions after transcription

    Captions after transcription

  7. Now that we have the captions, we use the translation AI to produce a German version. Explicitly, we are using the AI to translate from English to German for the captions only, hence the audio component is not selected. Also note that we are creating a copy of the asset, and attaching the German translation to this copy of the asset.

    Translation from English to German 1

    Translation from English to German 1

    Translation from English to German 2

    Translation from English to German 2

  8. We open up the new de_baby_bundle item, and now we do two things, (1) we add the caption into the audio component (copy/paste), and (2) trigger transcription again, but this time only on the second component (the audio component).

    Copy/Paste Captions into Audio

    Copy/Paste Captions into Audio

    Transcription using a German Male Voice

    Transcription using a German Male Voice

  9. We now add the audio into the original asset as an overlay, and additionally mute the original audio to achieve the desired outcome. It should also be noted that we are still using captions all the way through - another alternative would be to remove the captions and put in a text overlay to allow us a finer level of control over the look/feel of the new asset.

    Copy/Paste Captions into Audio

    Copy/Paste Captions into Audio

  10. Please note that the German will be incorrect - its just an AI. After translation, it is recommend that a human subject-matter expert clean up the results. The QBL Media platform is built on the logic of AI assisting people, the recommendation is to use the AI to do the heavy lifting, and use the human to do the high value tasks.

    Baby Bundle: Completed Video Translation

Conclusion

In this blog post we have covered how to add an audio overlay into your sample content. Please note, QBL Media makes no representation of a relationship with NSW Health, we are simply using a publicly available content to do beta testing on our platform prior to opening up our product.

The platform is currently in closed beta, while we work out bugs in the code. If you are interested in trying out our technology, please drop us an email at support@q6a.com.au.

Extra

As the platform is still in closed beta, (1) the UI may change in the future, (2) the pricing numbers shown are indicative only.