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Audiovisual translation  Subtitling, voice-over, transcription

Have you made video a key part of your strategy? You’ve done the right thing! Among the various media used on the international market, video has one of the highest engagement rates. To ensure your videos have an impact on your international target audience, our audiovisual translators will recommend the most suitable format from the following:

 

  • Subtitling
  • Voice-over
  • Voice-over translation/dubbing
  • Transcription

Why choose Ubiqus for your video projects?

An in-house recording studio dedicated to your audiovisual projects

In our in-house studio we record actors from our professional network who work in more than 35 languages. Alongside them, our in-house international audiovisual professionals ensure compliance with the broadcasting standards of each country.

A team with special expertise in video projects

Our team of in-house translators specializing in voice-over/voice-over translation and subtitling adapt your foreign language video content. They work closely with our specialized audiovisual project managers. Our sound technicians (recording, editing, mixing) – experts in voice-over and voice-over translation – are responsible for handling your files. Finally, our After Effects artist integrates the subtitles, as well as any text that appears on the screen.

Technology to increase efficiency: ASR

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is a technology that enables speech to be transcribed. For your institutional and corporate films, motion design and animation films, web series, documentaries, TV series, e-learning modules, audio guides, etc., our teams use ASR to deliver content for translation to our linguists quickly and efficiently, and to ensure you receive high-quality multilingual videos that are faithful to your original.

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Audiovisual translation: we adapt our services to your media

Nowadays, audiovisual is essential to your international communication. Audiovisual is a generic term that covers a variety of media ranging from the institutional film to the e-learning module. All these materials require adaptation using specific techniques.

Voice-over

Voice-over is the term used when the narrator doesn’t appear on screen. Also known as “off-camera” or “off-stage commentary”, this format allows you to add the voice of a person who does not play a part in the scene. In other words, it is not a visible protagonist who speaks, but a commentator or an external narrator, who provides explanations of the actions taking place on-screen.

Voice-over translation/dubbing

Voice-over translation consists of adding a voice over the original track. In other words, what the on-screen person is saying is still audible, but it is the dubbing actor’s voice that you hear the most. The advantage of this format compared to subtitling is that the viewer doesn’t have to look downwards to read the text as it comes up at the bottom of the screen. It is a better format for documentaries and corporate films.

Subtitling

This very flexible format is easy to circulate (you can send your employees the original file with the subtitles). It has the advantage of being less expensive and is suited to mobile internet use. Subtitling is a specific translation exercise that requires different skills from those necessary for traditional translation. For example, it is essential to be more concise for subtitling. Linguists with audiovisual expertise adapt the text to the constraints of the medium: number of characters per second (and per line), length of sentences, spacing of subtitles (in milliseconds), etc.

Transcription

Using a combination of technology and human input, transcription is based on the automatic identification of audio sequences that are then checked by our linguists in order to produce a high-quality transcription. The aim is to subsequently launch the subtitling and dubbing process. But that’s not all: product texts can also be reused to improve the accessibility of your content, for example, for listeners who are deaf or hard of hearing, who will be able to read a perfect transcript of your video.

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Do you have a subtitling project? Our methodology

We work with you to provide you with a perfect audiovisual translation, in line with your expectations and those of your target audience.

Our teams do the spotting, a step which consists of breaking down the dialogue into subtitles and defining the entry points (start of display) and exit points (end of display) using specific software. This means time-coding the source file so that it can receive the subtitles and fixing the number of characters per line, the display duration, etc. for the audiovisual translator. It’s a job that requires particular technical skills and a high level of accuracy.

Depending on amount of speech, this step can take a few hours for a short video, and up to a few days for a film. Once the initial spotting phase has been completed, we send your text to our professional audiovisual translators, whose target foreign language is their mother tongue. Lastly, we embed the subtitles in your video file or deliver a separate subtitles file depending on your requirements.

Certifications

Ubiqus USA holds ISO 9001:2015 certification and Ubiqus Canada's current certification is based on CAN/CGSB-131.10-2017, Translation Services. The Ubiqus Group is the 21st largest language service provider worldwide (2019 CSA Research index).

The sectors we work in

We have supported clients working in specific fields for many years.

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