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Guys, I found a video on NicoVideo about a japanese Visual Novel that I'm really curious to read.

I don't need to say that everything is in japanese, so I took some screenshots to translate them using Yandex. But the translator is not working very nice. Some words are skipped, some sentences are screwed up... And now, it looks like the site is rejecting some screenshots. I don't know if that is a bug or something.

Do you guys know some other way to translate texts from images? I would be really thankful.



I have a Youtube channel... A Twitter, and... Yeah.

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I would also like to know one, since as far as i know the google version only works with the cammera of your phone and there is no computer version.



foxmccloud64 said:

I would also like to know one, since as far as i know the google version only works with the cammera of your phone and there is no computer version.

Exactly. I also noticed the Google one, but I'm trying to translate pictures from PC, not phone.

Yandex is the closiest one I could find, but still not quite what I would call acceptable.



I have a Youtube channel... A Twitter, and... Yeah.

The best way is to hire a translator... obviously :P

As for a free way, can you not just use google translate? That lets you use the camera of your phone for things to translate. Just pause the video and point your phone's camera at your computer screen. It's certainly not a great way to do it and will probably require a fair bit of moving your phone to get just the right angle for it to pick things up properly, but it's possible.

Last edited by Ka-pi96 - on 06 February 2021

search for "ocr video" (ocr = optical character recognition)
these are programs that can take video or image and output normal text data,
i.e. analyze the pixels to determine which letters are present and give that to you in editable text format.
(yandex/google image translation do this, but you can find program/site that is more flexible for your needs)
then you can feed that text, possibly after editing for format etc, into any translator like yandex or deepl.
one of the programs that came up even seemed to be russian although i didn't investigate further as i don't know RU.

or just send the japanese person who makes these videos random harassing messages in russian
demanding they use normal subtitle text instead of "graphic" text that needs OCR to analyze/extract.

Last edited by mutantsushi - on 06 February 2021

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Hopefully this will help you. https://visual-novel-ocr.sourceforge.io/
I seen this posted to R/Emulation awhile ago. I know it says Visual Novels but the dev said it will work to translate JRPG's too. And it works with emus such as PPSSPP so you can translate them games while playing them .



Thanks for the info zero129, is always helpful to get to know these tools.