DotSUB provides users with many videos in numerous languages. The website allows users to upload their own videos and add subtitles to share with others all over the world. The user can search existing videos including featured translations, most viewed, latest or videos currently being translated or transcribed. The site also provides video collections and genres to help the user browse easier. Each video is listed with stats, including duration, country, language, license, genre, number of views, who posted it and when it was posted to DotSUB. Much like YouTube, user profiles list all the videos they have added. Dropdown boxes below each video allow the user to select from the available translation options already added to it.
DotSUB was founded in 2007 by Michael Smolens and Laurie Racine. The concept behind the site was formed in early 2004 when the founders watched the film Fahrenheit 911. They realized that global communication could be a powerful tool when combined with the internet. The application has a lot of potential thanks to its wiki-style environment however it is not widely recognized on the web at this point. The site’s collection of videos has grown significantly to include viral videos, instructional videos, documentaries, animated clips, news broadcasts and music videos.
There are many ways to share and watch videos on the web. DotSUB is different from sites like YouTube because it gives users a way to make their videos more accessible to internet users that speak other languages. Users can lend their language related talents by creating subtitles on videos in foreign languages. A single video can be seen and understood more easily by more people when users upload to DotSUB and add subtitles and transcriptions.
DotSUB favors a blue and white color scheme that gives it a clean, professional feel. The site is well organized and looks good without overshadowing the videos posted to it. The user can easily navigate using the simple buttons that span the top of the page or by entering keywords in the search bar just below them. All video data is presented in a single list along the viewing area. The site includes a collection of “how to” guides to help users learn how to add subtitles and transcribe videos. While these are informative, they could be better organized. The current versions look like large, rather intimidating paragraphs crammed full of individual steps.
DotSUB invites all visitors to create an account and begin uploading or viewing videos for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required for doing so. This is a good approach because the site benefits by having more users speaking more languages on it. Users can provide subtitles for foreign language video clips that might not have been subtitled otherwise. The user is given unlimited access and DotSUB benefits by having a better collection of subtitled videos in its collection.
DotSUB is a valuable resource for anyone who is searching for a way to have a video subtitled in a language they speak as well as those who speak foreign languages and wish to share their abilities. The website includes a number of videos, most of them instructional, blog or news-related (although the collection is not restricted to these categories). DotSUB helps users get more information from videos on the web.