It’s often said that “the show must go on,” but can the show really keep going when production is hamstrung by a global pandemic and the show’s crew are required to maintain physical distance from one another? COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing requirements have disrupted practically every industry on the planet. As a result, the spring of 2020 was marked by professionals in every industry scrambling to create solutions to accommodate the challenges of working through the many unknowns of the pandemic.
In the media industry, one of the many challenges that quickly became evident was the apparent incongruence of recording vocal talent with the work-from-home phenomenon. Traditionally, dubbing is a part of the production process that is very heavy in its need for resources as well as personnel. Unlike, for example, script writing or subtitling, dubbing has an intrinsic requirement of specific hardware which until now was normally only found inside of a studio. This is clearly problematic in the current paradigm as the studios containing that hardware are rendered inaccessible and the individuals involved in the dubbing process are forced to collaborate remotely. Thus began the process of building a system around remote recording.
With a pandemic raging across the globe neither subtitling nor in-person recording was a viable option. Studios set their sights on building a remote recording framework. However, as the need for remote recording became more apparent, so too did the challenges that implementing it would pose.
In this report, we will discuss the tools and processes that have helped fuel a multilingual revolution in remote recording for the entertainment industry.
In December 2020, Nimdzi was given an opportunity to test a brand new product — Spotlight. It is developed by Intento to support machine translation (MT) curation, enabling quick analysis of the MT training results. This product is intended mainly for those who train custom MT models and thus regularly face the task of evaluating MT quality.