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Spanish Is Thriving!

The prestigious Cervantes Institute has released Spanish in the World 2015, its latest edition of their annual update on the Spanish language. The Cervantes Institute is a worldwide nonprofit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. With branches in over 20 countries, it is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. Spanish is the mother tongue of 470 million people and the third-most-used language online, according to the extremely detailed report.

The detail and richness of the report is due to the analysis of 30 years of data about the current position and evolution of Spanish around the world. For example, it was only recently discovered that there are more than 1.2 million people studying Spanish in sub-Saharan Africa! The report estimates that 21 million people are currently studying Spanish world-wide with the US leading with 7.8 million, followed by Brazil and France.

One of the highlights of the report was that the Institute itself has become more Latin American. The Spanish government furnishes 50% of its budget, while more than 65% of the Institute’s activities are the result of collaboration with Hispanic American countries. The report also analyzes the current position of Spanish in the U.S. and its importance in science, literature, and film.

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FACTS:

  • In 2015, nearly 470 million people spoke Spanish as their mother tongue.
  • The number of people with the ability to communicate in Spanish grew to nearly 559 million.
  • Spanish is the world’s second most spoken mother tongue after Chinese.
  • Due to population trends, the number of mother-tongue Spanish speakers is continuing to rise, while the proportions of Chinese and English mother-tongue speakers are falling.
  • 7% of the world’s population is Spanish speaking. This figure is predicted to rise to 7.5% by 2030.
  • More than 21 million people study Spanish as a foreign language worldwide.
  • 9% of internet users communicate in Spanish.
  • Spanish is the third-most-used language online after English and Chinese.
  • Spanish is the second-most-used language on the two main social networks, Facebook and Twitter.
  • The U.S. is now the second biggest Spanish speaking country having 41 million native speakers and 11.6 million who are Spanish-English bilingual. The largest is Mexico.
  • New Mexico, California, Texas and Arizona have the highest concentrations of Spanish speakers.

 

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Profiles of U.S. Hispanics studying Spanish: The Guardian

Sources

http://languagemagazine.com/?p=125279

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/29/us-second-biggest-spanish-speaking-country

http://eldiae.es/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/espanol_lengua-viva_20151.pdf

The Mobile Film Festival Winners Announced

 

COPquoteDotsub was a proud sponsor of the 11th edition of the Mobile Film Festival!  Prize winners were announced in Paris during the December 2015 UN Conference on climate change. The competition was organized in partnership with the United Nations under the theme: “Act on Climate Change”.

The challenge was straightforward: using a smartphone, filmmakers were asked to create a one-minute-long film on the topic of climate change. The results were sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always passionate.  Several of them were rewarded at a ceremony organized by the Mobile Film Festival with 500 guests at the Gaumont cinema on the Champs Elysée.

The 11th edition was the first to be open to international entrants and the first in partnership with the United Nations in the framework of this year’s climate negotiations in Paris. Altogether, 70 countries took part submitting 765 films, of which 75 from 27 countries were selected as finalists.  All finalist films with spoken dialogue were captioned in English using Dotsub.

 

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Michael Smolens, second from the left. Amila Kumarasinghe, third from left.

On hand to present the Public Award was Dotsub’s CEO, Founder and Chairman, Michael Smolens.  Receiving 2.4 million internet votes, the award went to Parametric by Sri Lankan Amila Kumarasinghe.

Other Winners are:

The Grand Prize: No Sense by Julien Lessi

Best Foreign Film:  Neglected Land by Elie El Abidine

Best Screenplay: Criminals by Jeremy Bernard and Guillaume Desjardins

Online Bloggers Prize:  The Blue Planet directed by Mathieu Lamboley

For a complete list visit:  http://www.mobilefilmfestival.com/awards/

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Some Photos from the Event: https://www.ooshot.com/ooshot-production/moodboards/mobile-days-2015

Sources:  http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/30005-mobile-film-festival-winner-announced

The New Video Web

The New Video Web blogged by David Orban

Apple-TV-speech-recognitionThe next generation information devices are going to seamlessly display video content not restricted to a simple window within the browser. The entire screen will be a video, with smart elements that must be understood by the computer in order for the user to fully interact with them.

When the Web was born, even support for still images was a last minute add-on. Slow connections, and uneven graphics support meant that to deliver full multimedia experiences (as it was called at the time), CD-ROMs were preferred. These had proprietary authoring platforms, and their user interfaces had relatively primitive navigation menus, with limited options for interactivity.

Slowly, video has been integrated into the online experience. “Bolted on” would be a better expression. Famously, the most popular plugin for browsers that played video, Flash, was the source of vulnerabilities, made browsers slower and was a drain on batteries. The proprietary nature of Flash made the entire Internet ecosystem dependent on one vendor, Adobe, and was not sustainable.

The HTML5 standard includes native support for video through a new tag in the language. HTML5 was released last year, and the various browsers are being updated to include full support for it. But in the meantime, through the years, an even more important change happened: the ubiquitous presence of Internet-connected devices made it necessary for video content to accommodate a variety of ways of interacting with it (via smartphones for example), not just through traditional browsers and computers.

What will this new video experience be? What we will see is the blurring of the boundaries between traditional browser experiences and video. The entire screen will become a “smart” video, with the entire field being interactive. The objects and components of the video will be live and recognizable by the device, and the user will be able to activate and manipulate them. Multiple modes of human interface will be available, including voice, haptic, motion and gestural. Rather than Web video, we will have the Video Web. (This concept has been suggested to me by my friend Michele Leidi, a live mind mapping expert.)

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This is one of the reasons why platforms like Dotsub are so important. (Full disclosure, I am the Chief Innovation Officer of Dotsub, a New York based company which I led as CEO for four years.) Dotsub allows videos to be fully understood by computers, and people, in any language, as sound, text, context, and meaning. Making captions and translated subtitles a universal part of the online video experience, we can exploit their full value.

An important example of how this works in the new video web has been demoed by Apple during the keynote launching the latest Apple TV. On stage, at around minute 61 of the demo there was one particular moment of speech interaction: using the new remote with speech recognition. “What did she say?” The audience could listen to the audio track while reading the text at the same time so that what was said could be understood. This is a concrete example of how the presence of enhanced video, in the form of speech recognition and captions, and the universal assumption that captions will be available, enhances the user experience. Moreover, the entire Apple TV operating system itself, with all of its moving parts, and seamless integration of the videos, is an example of the concept of the emerging Video Web. Be on the lookout for more examples of this and an explosion in the richness of the Video Web in the near future.

David’s blog can be found here.

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ADA Celebrates 25 Years!

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed into law 25 years ago in July of 1990. The result of decades of unceasing work by disability advocates, the ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.adaquote

Crucial to those in the video and language industries, the ADA included the deaf and hearing impaired community.  In the 90s, the internet was in its infancy, and the state of video was America’s Funniest Home Video (also celebrating its 25th anniversary).  Facebook (2004) and YouTube (2005) were at least a decade away.  The ADA, of course, only dealt with the existing telecommunications.

Captions and closed captions had been experimented with in the 70s.  In fact, Washington’s public television station and current Dotsub customer, WETA, successfully tested the closed captioning system in 1973.  Network broadcasting of regular shows with televisions equipped with closed caption decoders began in the 80s.

The disability advocates have continued to work ceaselessly with the ADA and the FCC to expand accessibility to include new technology.  The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act expanded the scope of devices that must display captions to all video devices that display video programming transmitted simultaneously with sound, including those that can receive or display programming carried over the Internet.

Today, content service providers, such as broadcasters and cable companies, must provide closed captioning for 100% of all new, non-exempt, English language video programming.  The aim is to maintain the pace of accessibility with advances in technology.

The ADA is the model for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty.  The Convention was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. It was met with the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.  It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and was enacted in May 2008.  Ironically, the U.S. is not a signatory.

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Sources:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=150
http://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm
http://fpif.org/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-is-a-model-for-the-world-literally/
http://nad.org/issues/technology/captioning/when-required
http://www.ncicap.org/about-us/history-of-closed-captioning/

Publishing Dotsub Videos to Facebook

Facebook is now one of the fastest growing video platforms, capturing over 1 billion video views every day. It’s not just friends and family who are posting videos, businesses are actively using Facebook video to promote their brands.

We have just released ‘Facebook Publish’. This new feature allows you to upload your Dotsub video’s captions and translations into Facebook seamlessly. You can publish to your personal Facebook account or to any Facebook Page you administer.

This feature is available to all our users starting today.

Language Business Update

The research company, Common Sense Advisory, who specialize in the language industry, have been tracking the mergers, acquisitions, and investments that have been particularly active in this market recently.  They have found that some venture capitalists and other investors are finally looking at language services companies as enablers for global business growth.   Investors have focused mainly on translation companies and cloud marketplaces which are rather circumscribed – until recently.  But many are realizing that this is a fragmented space, and have turned their attention on companies that assemble the pieces and provide business solutions.

Another important aspect is that language is becoming a core business issue.  For years, localization and translation efforts were isolated and seen as problems to be addressed not as opportunities for business growth.  Many multinationals are working on the development and implementation of their global content strategies and these services are entwined with core business processes.

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Updated YouTube Synchronization and Upload

We have recently made some updates to how Dotsub integrates with YouTube. We are now using OAuth 2.0 and the latest version on YouTube APIs.

You will now be asked what channel in your YouTube account you’d like to give Dotsub access to. This will simplify the connection process for anyone using channels.

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After selecting the channel you will see a confirmation screen:

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The same push and match options are available to all users. Our enterprise clients can also set up automated subtitle updates to YouTube.

Because of this update, you will be asked again to give permission on your YouTube account next time you use the feature. You can see if you have made this update on your ‘My Account‘ page. Users who need to re-authenticate with YouTube will see this warning message:

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Dotsub.com now with full site SSL

We are happy to announce that Dotsub.com is now enforcing that all users access via SSL. While we have supported SSL for a few years, SSL first is an important step forward.

HTTPS ensures that information between you and Dotsub is encrypted. This protects you from man in the middle attacks, where someone could potentially listen into your requests.

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Are You Using Video to Make the World a Better Place?

See3 Communications , YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) are excited to present the 2015 DoGooder National Awards!

Enter your video today to have the opportunity to showcase your innovative and impactful video and increase your video’s viewership (the viewing increase was a whopping 5,21%).  Submission ends on February 8th.

Dotsub friend, Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3, says, “Dotsub has helped so many people and organizations to ‘do good’ through the creative force of video.  It is only natural that we invite members of the Dotsub community to participate – and maybe win – the 2015 National DoGooder Awards!”

There are four categories for Awards:

ImpactX Award: A juried prize based on the real world impact driven by a video.

DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good Award: A juried prize based on the social impact driven by a YouTube creator through their videos.

Best Nonprofit Video Award: This category is reserved exclusively for 501c3 or equivalent nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand per YouTube’s Nonprofit Program membership rules.

Funny for Good Award: This category celebrates those videos that use humor and comedy to raise awareness and drive action around important issues. The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

To learn more about the contest rules visit the web site: http://2015.dogooder.tv/

Hurry!  Submission closes on February 8th.Newsletter_DoGooderAnnouncement

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New Feature: Upload Directly from Your Dropbox.com Account

Dotsub has added the ability to upload videos directly from your Dropbox.com account into your Dotsub account. This new addition makes adding files from Dropbox fast and simple.

On our upload page you will now see a ‘From Dropbox.com’ tab.

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Just hit ‘Choose from Dropbox’ and select the file from your account:

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Hit upload and *poof* your video is on Dotsub ready to be captioned and translated.план раскрутки сайтаклавиатурный шпион для андроид