How does video conference interpreting work?

Video conference interpretation bridges the language gap between participants in a video conference. It allows participants to communicate effectively with one another, making sure everyone understands what is being said.

Due to the growing adoption and improvement of video conference technology and the increasing globalisation of the marketplace, the need for remote video interpreting services for language or BSL is growing significantly. This article will help you understand how the process works, the equipment you will need and highlight the main benefits of video conference interpretation.

Remote video interpreting

The remote video interpretation process is pretty straightforward. You will work with a remote interpreter who will join the video call along with all other participants and provide a live translation service for everyone on the call. Alternatively, remote video interpreters can also be used in face-to-face meetings too. They’ll provide the translation virtually via video call, whilst all other participants are in the same room.

It is important interpreters can see and hear all other participants on the call, as gestures and non-verbal signs, as well as the speech itself, can help improve the accuracy and quality of the translation.

There are two main types of video conference interpretation available:

  • Language interpretation
  • BSL interpretation for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing

For language interpretations, the video conference interpreter will provide a live translation of everyone’s speech, which can be sent to an individual or distributed among participants. On video conferences with multiple languages involved, this process is repeated for each language pairing – so if there are three languages being spoken on the call, then you would have two interpreters working at once.

Alternatively, for BSL video interpretations, interpreters will provide a live sign language interpretation of the video conference.

What equipment do I need for video conference interpreting?

Video conference interpretation requires the same equipment you would use for any normal video conference. All you need is access to video conferencing software, a microphone, headphones or speakers and a camera. At DA Languages we use our own video interpreting software and a native app that will connect you to a live feed where you can speak with your chosen interpreter.

Although no extra special or technical equipment is needed, there are considerations to take into account for getting the best translation possible:

  • A fast and stable internet connection: This ensures the meeting runs smoothly and doesn’t end due to a participant losing connection. It also helps the interpretation process by making sure the interpreter doesn’t miss anything being said due to lag or participants dropping out of the call.
  • A high-quality microphone: It is important that the interpreter can clearly hear and understand participants when they are speaking to make the translation more accurate.
  • A high-quality camera: Although not strictly necessary, a good quality camera can improve the accuracy and quality of the translation. A camera that shows a clear image to the interpreter so they can pick up on visual cues, facial expressions and gestures. This can improve the quality of their translation.

Additionally, for simultaneous

How much does video conference interpreting cost?

With no extra investment in equipment needed and no travel expenses for the interpreter, remote video interpreting is a cost-effective option for those seeking translation services.

This rate can vary depending on the experience and level of qualification required by the video interpreter, as well as where they are located in the world. But on the whole, video conference interpretation costs tend to be much lower than face-to-face interpreting due to having fewer overheads.

So what does this all mean for you and your business? You can make the most of the following advantages when you work with a DA Languages video interpreter…

  • Greater flexibility and access to more interpreters: Video conferencing means that interpreters can work from home or any other location, so you won’t have to wait for them to travel to you and calls can be set up anywhere at any time. You’ll also gain access to a larger pool of interpreters, which is especially useful for translations of rare languages and dialects.
  • More cost-effective: Video conference interpretation can be a more affordable option than face-to-face interpreting, especially if the meeting involves multiple languages and participants from across different time zones.
  • Greater accuracy of translation: Video conference interpreters have access to visual cues that they wouldn’t get in normal interpreting situations with other participants. This can help them to provide more accurate and precise translations when compared to audio-only interpretations.
  • On-demand video interpreting: Our video interpreting services are accessible on-demand via the DA Languages app, so you can easily get access an interpreter on short notice.

How DA Languages can help

We can provide you with a qualified, experienced video interpreter that meets your translation requirements. When using our video conference interpreting services, you will be able to instantly connect to the interpreter you need, or you can book one for a future meeting. We also offer client training for the best practices to follow when using our service.

If you want to find out more about video conference interpretation or how we can support you and your interpretation needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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