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B-languages for Relay interpreting in European Parliament Plenary Video (2009)

You can do relay interpreting from European parliament plenary videos by selecting one of the b-languages which the parliament interpreters provide.

The (3) video download control for videos older than 20080711 allows for the recording of only one language-track in the video. You can download, from a link emailed to you, either the a- (e.g. (1) Italian here) or one b-language (e.g. (2) German here), as you can see below:

Given that software tends to always get impoved, is is rather surprising that one does not seem to have a similar choice in the new video downloader – however, the improvement is just a bit hidden.

For Videos newer than 20080710, all language-tracks are automatically contained within the downloaded (how? see here) video file. To switch between a- and b-language or between b-languages, in Windows Media Player, go to menu (if the menu does not show, right-click left from the “Now playing”button””: file / play / audio and language tracks / [now choose your language].

E.g. if you do not want to listen to Ferrero-Waldner not speaking her native tongue, choose like pictured below:

And she does not really speak “Zulu” which seems to have been chosen by the European Parliament technicians as the designator of the original a-language, there being no such concept in windows media player. Çan’t have it all. Pretty close, though.

Relay Interpreting with the DIS 6000

Before relay interpreting begins:

  • interpreter who becomes relay source: ds6132 left/in channel  remains on “floor”; right/out channel: “English” (first turn your Mic off, switching with button “B/A” to out language “A” is easier than cycling through the individual languages)
  • interpreter who interprets relay into target language: ds6132: left/in channel  switch from “Floor” to “Relay select” : “English” (whatever button A/B/C/D).

When relay interpreting ends:

  • interpreter who stops being relay source: ds6132 left/in channel  remains on “Floor”; right/out channel: back to your native language (switching with button “B/A” to out language B  is easier than cycling through the individual languages)
  • interpreter who interpreted relay into target language: ds6132: left/in channel  switch from “English” back to “floor”.