Where I’ve Been…
By kaylal on in Blog with 2 Comments
Three months ago I said “Yes!” to a new training project. Since then I’ve been immersed in creating training for software that camera operators use to digitally archive records worldwide.
I’ve thrown myself into the work and learned a lot. The training videos I created are being fully translated into 10 different languages. The challenge with this is that everything needed to be created in English with the foresight that it would eventually be shared in the different languages as well.
Translation impacts the way things are said in English, the graphics you share, and more. There are language and cultural considerations. My favorite leap forward was discovering a way to use technology to translate the project into almost 50 languages. It’s fun to find a way to make technology do the work!
Along the way, I also dived headfirst into InDesign, mastered Camtasia and Adobe Premiere along with closed captioning and translation. The things I’ve learned will help the training videos to be translated into roughly over 50 languages… perfect for archive volunteers in places like Hungary and Africa.
It’s been fun to start a project with a blank slate and leave your mark. I’ve not only been able to create the videos, but also map out a technical process that will continue to be followed even after I leave. Creating the Flow (processes and systems for the video project) has been very rewarding.
One of my biggest reasons for saying yes to this project was the bigger picture. I love doing work that makes a difference. The software I created training around helps operators to digitize records all over the world.
For me this project wasn’t just about creating training, it was about having a tiny part to help others preserve history. This isn’t just about genealogy, it’s about records being archived in a way that preserves them for generations.
This video shares the story of just one place where the work camera operators do made a difference. As you can see, this isn’t just about genealogy, it’s so much more.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here. I have a few projects on the table to choose from. I’m excited to move on, but grateful for the work I’ve been able to do.