Hermes – Netflix subtitles project

So what is Hermes? Hermes is a system devised by Netflix to test the capabilities of prospective freelance translators wanting to work remotely for them. Netflix is hoping to solve the problem of generating high-quality subtitles and translations by creating Hermes. Hermes was also likely created because other vendors weren’t paying their translators well enough for high quality. The Hermes project is all about high quality. Netflix doesn’t want to waste their time for incorrect or bad subtitles or translation.

Anyone with multi-language capability can become a translator for subtitling, but your quality has to be nearly perfect in order to be considered. So the first thing you will need to do is pass the test. It can be difficult depending on your language ability and how good your typing skills are. Translating can be a tough job unless you are absolutely fluent in the language you are translating for. It might be a good time to mention here that you don’t need to be bilingual to get a subtitle job with Netflix. There will always be a need to have subtitles in your own language, such as English, for those who are deaf and rely on subtitles to understand a movie. But, those types of subtitle jobs will be harder to get because many people can transcribe, which is simply writing down what you hear in that language using the same language. Timing becomes a huge factor as well. You don’t want to input subtitles too early or too late when the dialog is spoken. Can it be a tough job? Yes, but again it depends on your abilities.

So what is the process to get started? The first thing you need to do is register with the site here:

Once you have completed the application forms, you will be sent a text message with what is called your unique H-number and a unique URL. Make sure you don’t lose this number because you are going to need it to log into Hermes platform. You will perform the test on your computer. You want to be sure you have a good broadband connection because you’re going to be streaming video content, and when you are writing subtitles, this is important. They recommend no less than a 20Mbit speed. Start by opening the link on your computer and login with the phone number, and your H number. You will then be taken to the Hermes admission test. This is what you will see:


There are 5 different tests or phases as they are called. It will take you about 90 minutes to complete all 5 phases.

Phase 1 gives you a time limit of 10 minutes and this test starts out by testing your understanding of English phrases. It has 15 multiple choice questions, and you need to select the correct word to complete a sentence, select the correct meaning of a word or a phrase, or choose the sentence with the correct grammatical structure.

Phase 2 has a 10-minute time limit and also has 15 multiple choice questions as in the first phase. The only difference in this phase is that you are asked to select the correct answer from a list of options. This is done in the target testing language.

Phase 3 has a 15-minute time limit. You will be asked 10 different questions based on 10 short video clips. Choices for answers will be in the target language you applied for. Each clip can be replayed as many times as you need but keep in mind your time limit.

Phase 4 is a technical phase moving away from the translation part of the job and focuses on technical aspects of subtitling. It also has 10 video clips as the previous phase. This part of the phase tests your working knowledge of timing, punctuation, and line breaks.

Phase 5 The last phase has a 40-minute time limit per clip in which there are two clips provided. You are asked to watch the clips and translate the dialogue into your target language. So if the clip is in English, and your target language is German, you will translate English into German. The original language subtitles will be provided on the left side of the dashboard. This will help with your translation that you will enter on the right hand side.

Once the 5 phases are completed, the phases will disappear, and a banner will show the status as completed. This is the same place the results will show up and you may have to wait 10 business days to get the results. The phases are graded by an actual administrator, so it can take some time to get the results.

There are some things to take into consideration before doing this test. There are some languages that are more in demand that others. For example, as I previously mentioned, English subtitling from English source will be more difficult to get than if you speak two languages. If you are not proficient in the target language you choose, you will not likely pass some of the phases. The languages that are more in demand than others are Korean, Arabic, Japanese, Swedish, and Danish languages. Keep in mind that there is likely higher score thresholds for languages such as English, Spanish, or Portuguese. The type of pay can range anywhere from $1 per minute to in some cases $6 per minute if you are proficient and the language you are targeting is a more desired language.

Having a bad internet connection is going to work against you. So make sure you check your speed and make sure you can get at least 20Mbit download speed. You may also need to invest in subtitling software as I have read its required for this job. So you are going to have some other out of pocket expenses.

In closing, doing subtitling or translation can be profitable through Netflix. But if you are applying for this type of job, you should probably already have some experience, and the correct software needed for this type of job. If you already have experience and everything that is required, then you will likely find that Hermes is a good fit for you.

As always, we welcome comments and questions, and don’t forget to hit the forum for discussion on other projects.

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Using Whatsapp for Instagram Rating (Truckee and FalconInstaAd projects)

Using Whatsapp for Instagram Rating

FalconInstaAd and Truckee projects which are offered by Appen and Leapforce involve rating Instagram media. The Instagram rating tool is only available only for the smartphone. Writing comments using this application can be inconvenient for a lot of reasons, small screen, small keyboard, and typing the comments can become a real chore.

However, I have found a way that uses Whatsapp Web Version that you can run on your PC. This allows you to use your PC Keyword so that it’s a lot easier to write comments. You can get the web version of Whatsapp by going to


The process is simple. Once you have signed into the Whatsapp Web Version, you have to be able to send messages to yourself. The easiest way I have found to do this is as follows: (You can do these steps on the smartphone or the Whatsapp Web Version)

1. Make a group, call it “test”. Add any one contact to this group.

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2. Once the group is created, remove this contact from group.


3. Now only you remain in this group. Rename the group as “Instagram Notes”.

Now you are easily able to create comments from the pc in your group, copy those directly from Whatsapp from the group you created, and paste those comments into the Instagram Rating Tool.

I hope this helps anyone who wants an easier way to write their comments instead of having to use the tiny Instagram application. This is especially useful for anyone that has bad eyesight. Looking at your Android phone for hours on end can cause fatigue and poor eyesight by itself.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below, or email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Appen Butler Hill Falcon Insta Ads project (Social Media Evaluator) Truckee project at Leapforce

instagram-980Appen Hill  and Leapforce now have a project that is similar to the Search Engine Evaluator project.

Instagram has grown to almost 500 million active users. And like other online platforms, Instagram also has ads. This is where the human element comes again into play. For this job it is important to understand which advertisements people want to see in their ads. So you would be looking at your OWN feed and deciding which ads are relevant to you and which ads are not. Some of the things you would gauge the ad on would be relevancy, how useful the ad is to you, if the ad is entertaining, if the ad is offensive or misleading, and how much you want to see the ad in your feed. The Instagram ads assessor project has a short qualification exam that will ask you some questions based on ads you might see, and what your situation is, and ask you how relevant the ads are. This is the relevancy part of the exam. Once you are in the project you are allowed to work 1 hour per day.

When you do make decisions based on the ads that you are seeing in your feed, you will be given the chance to explain your decision using comments. Comments are an essential part of your task when assessing Instagram ads and are incredibly important. If comments are not meeting the client’s expectations, you could be removed from the project. It is very important to make good comments regarding the ads assessment.

If you are going to take the exam for this project, it is very important that you go over the 17 page rating guidelines very carefully to make sure that you are giving the ads the correct assessment.


Falcon Insta Ads exam consists of two parts. In part one (reverse rating) you will be given 10 raters’ comments and you will select which rating you believe they assigned to the ad in terms of relevance, usefulness, etc. This part is easy and you should have no problem with it.

In part 2 you will be given 10 ads in which you will be asked to rate each ad and provide comments. All ads might be rated from either US location or in a local perspective. When doing part 2 the most important thing is that your overall rating should be in line with your comment.

Here are a few tips on how to write good comments:

  • When someone reads your comment, a reader should be able to understand what an ad is about without seeing the ad itself.
  • Your comment must include at least two rating aspects such as relevance/usefulness/entertainment/offensive/misleading/visually appealing.
  • Your comment must include words which indicate the level of each aspect (somewhat/vey/not at all).
  • Based on your comment a reader should be able to understand your overall rating.
Additionally, you may consider and explain in your comment:
  • Whether this is the first time you’ve seen this ad or whether it’s a repeat.
  • How you feel about the advertiser.
  • Did the likes and comments influence you?

Make sure you understand of the Overall rating of ‘Definitely don’t want to see’ in order to rate an Ad as a ‘Definitely don’t want to see’, the Ad would need to have a strong negative impact on you.

Keep in mind that only one attempt to take this exam is allowed. Within a few days after exam due date you will be notified about results. If the exam is passed, then you will receive instructions how to create an account with Appen Global and link to Payoneer. I suggest you using my link bellow to register with Payoneer so we both benefit 25$ once your Payoneer account is loaded with your first salary from Appen.

How to stay in FalconInstaAds project at Appen for a long time?

The most common reasons for contract termination are low quality of service, productivity, or not meeting contract conditions regarding providing rating service at least 5 days per week. In order to stay on the project for an extended time, your quality feedback score should be not lower than 2.6 (you can see this score on your quality feedback which is sent by Appen on a regular basis). Also your productivity RPH should be not lower than 15 (the number of tasks/time invoiced). Ideally your quality score should be 3 and your RPH 20. Keeping good quality scores can guarantee your continued participation on the program.

Payoneer as a payment method for Appen, Raterlabs, Leapforce and Lionbridge