So the watchtower is cuting down on the number of magazines to concentratre mostly on the web and now they cant find 600 jws from all the world and $1.5 million to translate the web programes in about 200 lanuages
That is if you say 3 people to translate a lanuage and if they live at bethel at $50 per person per week
Pepperheart, Let me help you more in this:
You don't just need 600 JW's, but 600 trained translators who have expertise in translating videos. Currently, 90% of the existing trained translators are busy translating the Song book, revised nwt, Nwt study edition, revised OD book, revised SKE curriculum and the revised public talk outlines. So practically, you cannot overnight have another batch of translators ready to do this job.
Lets take the 3 hour Gilead graduation program. You are right, It will take 3 people to just translate it. But, it doesn't stop there. You need following more resources for each language:
You need a coach and an assistant who will read through the script and prepare a team of people for auditioning for the narration. Each different voice for a different speaker/person on the video. You can't have an 18 year old give his voice for an 80 year old Sam Herd.
After auditioning, the coach and his assistant will take the approved candidates and practice each and every line of the script to match the voice, emotions and gestures of the English speaker.
After the practice session, the entire team will go the the local recording Studio at the RTO or travel to the Branch office studio to start the recording session.
At the studio, you will need a sound engineer and a reading coach who will listen to all the recording and may ask the candidate for multiple takes.
Finally, the sound engineer will do the task of editing and re-editing till the final copy is done. and then it goes to the branch office.
So now, pepperheart, factor all of the above in your calculations and let us know your final assessment.
I have worked as a Translator and believe it, Translation requires massive efforts and humongous amount of energy and time, and it seems naive to just pass it off as a $50 per person per week job, as you say.