Chinese DIY: story of a homemade plane
Our first subtitled Chinese video! It’s the story of Wang Qiang, a Sichuan barber who grew up making model planes and eventually built his own and became a self-taught pilot. This is one of the things I love about China–an ordinary guy can build his own plane and fly it, without a whole lot of interference from anyone. Especially in rural areas. The government appears to be trying to crack down on some of them, according to this story of a farmer-pilot from Zhejiang province. And not everyone is as lucky as Wang Qiang: an amateur Beijing pilot (called the "birdman" recently had a crash.
For those of us interested in translation work: to do this I used mojiti.com and would definitely recommend it. It’s unbelievably intuitive and easy to use. You just tell mojiti what video you want to upload and it does it for you, then you add "spots" to it. You can get anything that’s on Youtube, Yoqoo, Tudou, and a number of other sites. I think that the video is "open," meaning that someone else could go in and edit the translation or add their own spots.
3 comments on “Chinese DIY: story of a homemade plane”
That guy should wear a helmet.
This post reminds me of the US before the lawyers took over.
I used Mojiti for the first time last month, and I agree that it’s a great tool for subtitling videos and sharing them. Very nice.
Actually, the US still has lots of these mini-planes. They’re called ultralights and they have their own thriving community of hobbyists as well as minor laws and regulations… in fact, the resemblance of the plane in the video to an ultralight plane is uncanny!