Video Subtitling

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We specialise in video subtitling and audio transcription of English and French spoken word to text to provide written transcripts or as precursor to video subtitling.

video subtitling in management information systems
video subtitling in management information systems

Areas of speciality

We translate documentsin the following areas of speciality but the source material can also be video. We can transcribe the video speech to text, translate it and then apply to the source video, in effect translating the video.

Translation and video subtitling prices

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One way to subtitle a video is to transcribe the source language into time-coded text, translate it and then subtitle back onto the original video. Another is to transcribe directly to the target language – English.

You can provide us with a video in French or English, which we will transcribe into text and then create subtitles from the text to integrate back into the video. We can supply either the fully edited video with embedded subtitles or just the SRT file.

Herewith an example of our subtitling work: this video is subtitled in English and the subtitles translated to French.

Management video about PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Assess) method. Discussion on some of the useful tools for this including GTD, email management, mindmapping, measuring your trajectory, and desired outcomes.

Timecoded transcription for subtitling

We transcribe French or English video to text and create subtitles either via SRT file or embedded into the video.

video subtitling with subtitle edit
video subtitling with aegisub
Subtitling grid from Aegisub

Above we were using Aegisub two subtitle videos but now use Subtitle Edit, which has better functionality, more shortcuts and a more intuitive interface. Other subtitling software includes EZTitles and Titlebee, but which require quite expensive licences.

Transcription process

Transcription can be one step: French video directly transcribed to English or in two steps: French video first transcribed into French text and then translated from French to English.

One step French to English transcription

French video transcription direct to English. The output is an English transcription (timecoded or not).

Two step Transcription:

Step 1: Transcription of French video to French text, (timecoded or not).
Step 2: Then in a second step, translation to English.

Video Subtitling steps

There can be two outputs depending on whether we do just one or two steps.

If just one step then we provide the French transcription (timecoded or not). If we do both steps, then we provide both the French transcripton (timecoded or not) and the English transcription (timecoded or not).

Sources and output formats

  • Video or audio source
  • Timecoded transcription delivered in SRT format,
  • Untimecoded transcription in a Word file

We accept video or audio in any format on hard disk, key, optical, by transfer or FTP.

Subtitling projects

We have worked for producers of documentaries for Netflix and French Television who more and more wish, or are required, to produce their material with subtitles. This is advantageous for viewers in France, but subtitles also allow French companies to export their material to English speaking countries.

We transcribed a non-native presenter giving a conference in English. The francophone public wanted a subtitled video of the presentation to ensure that the message was clearly understood internally.

Subtitles are now also attached to video increasingly for use by visually impaired or hard-of-hearing users. Subtitles are used to ensure compliance with EU legislation to provide access to persons with such disability.

Subtitles output files in SRT format, or incrusted into the video, are subject to estimate.

See examples of our video editing projects.

Technical Translation

We translate documents from French to English

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