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DotSUB

Internet Video Subtitle Community


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Published 01/06/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

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.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

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.

What are the differences to other apps?

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.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

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.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors to DotSUB can search for and watch videos as much as they like. Users who wish to upload videos and take advantage of all the site’s features can click the white “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. Two small square icons are also present to the right of the link and allow the user to sign up with a Facebook or Twitter account. Users who go the traditional route are asked to supply a username, password, password hint, first and last name and email address as well as a preferred language. The user must also check the top box at the bottom of the form to confirm their agreement with the DotSUB terms of use. A second check box is automatically selected to sign the user up for email notifications. This must be manually unchecked to opt out of emails.

What does it cost to use the application?

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.

Who would you recommend the application to?

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.

  • New users can register with a Facebook or Twitter account
  • Users can lend their language skills by providing subtitles on videos
  • Videos can be uploaded and listed on the user's account
  • How to guides assist users as they learn how to add subtitles and transcribe on DotSUB
  • Most active translators are listed on the homepage each week


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