English Subtitling Services

English Subtitling Services

Find out why we're the most talked about English subtitling company in the UK

Send your project viral with the help of the UK’s leading English subtitling company.

Add English subtitles to a variety of content, including business presentations, corporate and educational videos, e-learning courses, feature films, promo videos and many more.

 

Whether you have one video or many, we can help. You’ll get an all-inclusive, cost-effective and hassle-free subtitling solution. We work with a global network of professional subtitlers, but you deal directly with us and can trust us to deliver your project to your specifications.

 

Our in-house subtitlers and project managers are equipped with industry-standard subtitling software and will thoroughly check all subtitle files before delivery, so you don’t need to worry.

 

With more than 15 years’ experience in the subtitling field you are in safe hands. Rest assured you’ll receive accurately timed and perfectly translated English subtitles!

 

Whether you are a corporate client or a translation or production company, we’ll adapt to your needs so that you can add video translation services to your portfolio of services.

 

We are only a call or email away or, if you prefer, you can visit our get-a-quote page to discuss your subtitling project in detail. You’ll receive spot-on English subtitles to suit your project and needs.

Golocalise are our supplier of choice for all our subtitling and transcription needs. After years of hassle trying to do it all in-house we have found their service to be a revelation in terms of speed, flexibility and costs. Their team is extremely responsive and can always turnaround requests, in any language, within our short deadlines. We can confidently rely on them to provide any deliverables without ever worrying about the accuracy of the subtitling.

Adam Ruddick
Head of Production at Casual Films

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The Subtitling Process In A Nutshell

1. Receipt of the final video

This can generally be in any format, as long as the subtitling provider has the facilities for converting the video into the format supported by their subtitling software. It is always recommended to double check with the provider whether they need to receive the video in a specific format.

2. English Template

Usually undertaken if translation into more than one language is required.

3. Translation

Sending the English template to the linguist for translation.

4. Receipt of translated subtitles

The subtitle file is imported onto the subtitling software in order to perform final quality checks and ensure that subtitles do not exceed reading speeds or run over more than two lines.

5. Quality check

If the results of the quality checks are not satisfactory, the subtitle file will be sent back to the 
translator and necessary amends will be requested.

6. Final check and send

Sending the English template to the linguist for translation.

7. Client approval

If burning-in is also required, the client needs to approve the translation. If any 
changes to the translation are requested, these need to be communicated to the subtitler and will be implemented if they do not affect readings speeds, maximum characters per line etc. If they cannot be implemented, this will be communicated to the client and alternatives will be suggested.

8. Burning-in

Once all changes have been implemented and the final version of the translation is ready, the burning-in process (if requested) will take place.

9. It's ready

Your final video is ready, and will be delivered to you via WeTransfer, Hightail, Dropbox, FTP or another file-transfer service of your choice.

Why Choose Us?

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You deserve the best! Leave your project to the experts at GoLocalise so that you can relax and be assured of getting top-notch results.

Every single detail will be analysed, studied and looked after so that you do not need to worry. Some would say it’s not too classy to blow our own trumpet… but we just like to point out two very important details.

We have achieved ISO 9001 Quality Management certification in recognition of our consistent performance and high standards, and ISO 14001 Environmental Management because we care about our planet! And if you are still curious and want to know more about us, why not have a look at our studio page.

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Professional Subtitling Formats

Whether you want English subtitles or foreign language subtitles, GoLocalise is the answer!

We can adapt and time your own translation into subtitle format or create foreign language subtitles in any language from scratch, including English subtitles and SDH (Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing).

You can choose to receive your subtitles in over 40 formats, including: AQT, ASC, ASS, CIP, DAR, DAS, DAT, DKS, FDX, FPC, HTML, JS, JSS, LRC, MPL, MTL, OVR, PAC, PAN, PJS, RT, RTF, S2K, SAMI, SBT, SBV, SCC, SIF, SMI, SON, SRF, SRT, SSA, SST, SSTS, STL, STL, STP, SUB, TTS, TXT, USF, VKT, VSF, VTT, XML and ZEG.

We work with you so that you get the perfect subtitles to suit your needs.

Open captions

Ready-to-use videos with burnt-in subtitles, ready to be uploaded to your website. You can customise the style and look of the subtitles (font, size, colour, positioning, etc.).

Closed captions

Subtitles that can be switched on and off in multiple languages. These can easily be uploaded to your YouTube or Vimeo videos, DVD or Blu-Ray.

Caption & Graphic Editing

When localising and translating videos (whether you choose subtitling or voice over), you’ll find that often there are several elements that need to be localised. These elements can be on-screen graphics, text and/or captions.

Our expert project managers will review the video or project file and advise which elements would be best subtitled or graphically edited. If you do not have the project files, worry not; one of our expert editors will be able to re-create the graphics, captions and titles of your video.

Our expert editors work with a multitude of software: to localise graphics we use Photoshop or Illustrator; and After Effects and Final Cut Pro to create motion graphics and visual effects.

Once all elements are in the video, and the graphic elements have been created and localised, we can then rebuild the video and export it to whichever format and codec you need.

We’ll prepare your video project for any platform, including PAL, NTSC, VOD, the Internet, smartphones, game consoles, mp3 players and tablets.

With our facilities and highly skilled operators, your videos are in safe hands!

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Subtitling Case Study

This project gave us the chance to work with our client once again, a great entertainment production agency with offices all around the world. As an English subtitling agency, we have previously provided English subtitling services for this client on a handful of occasions. After these successful collaborations in the past, we were trusted once again to provide the client with English subtitles for a 22-minute-long Spanish cooking video. On this occasion, the client asked for the subtitles to be produced in British English specifically. The video presents a group of people, including a well-known chef and a YouTuber, connecting from their homes via the internet and cooking the same dish together. After receiving the materials, we reached out to our trusted linguists to gauge their availability and make sure that the deadline could be met. Once this was confirmed and assigned, the English subtitling process had begun, and our linguist set to work translating the video to deliver English subtitles to help make the video more accessible to a wider audience. As the video featured many people and is quite fast paced, we conducted our in-house checks after receiving the subtitle file to ensure there were no misspellings or technical errors and that the delivery met our high standards. We then sent the completed subtitles back to our client for their seal of approval. As usual, they were happy with our delivered work. Feel free to watch the video yourself here on this page and pick up a few cooking tips in the process!

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Working alongside translation & production companies

Having a strong audiovisual department on your side makes all the difference!

With GoLocalise you get an experienced and motivated team of professionals that work regularly alongside translation and production companies.

 

We understand the technical requirements necessary to produce perfect foreign language and English voice overs.

 

Our project managers will assist you along the way and we’ll break down the process and present it to you without the big words or technical industry jargon, so you don’t need to worry about the technical aspects and can simply concentrate on growing your business.

 

By working with GoLocalise you’ll be able to offer additional services, i.e., voice oversubtitling and translation to your clients, with a partner who will deliver and on whom you can truly rely.

 

When working with translation companies we provide easy-to-follow guidelines so that you can provide your own translations for us to “convert” into subtitles, or voice over your translated scripts.

 

Or if you prefer, we can take the entire project off your hands and keep things simple for you – it’s your call!

 

We’re equally used to working with production companies, so we can deliver your translations or subtitles in any language and format of your choice – either burning-in the subtitles onto the video for you, or supplying you with XML or PNG files for you to do yourself – Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro ready files.

Reach your target market

Don’t leave your important communication to chance. Make sure your message is clearly understood by your audience and choose GoLocalise for your next voice over project.

 

We have thousands of passionate and professional voice over artists ready to work with you (meet them on the blog).

 

No matter the type of voice you are looking for, we’ll either have it in our books or find it and source it for you.

 

We’ll organise a casting and ensure you get the perfect voice to suit your needs.

 

You will also benefit from having your own dedicated project manager – a single point of contact – to guide you through your project, answer any questions you may have and make things a whole lot easier.

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Meet your dedicated project manager

Your project will be in the safe hands of one of our multilingual project managers.

 

They will guide you through every step and ensure you understand the process. Our industry has a tendency to use lots of technical jargon but your dedicated project manager will be on-hand to untangle the mess and explain all you need to know to ensure you only pay for what you need.

 

If you need help in choosing the right voice over talent to deliver your message then just ask your project manager.

 

From booking our voice over recording studios to ensuring you project is delivered on time in your chosen media, relax and let your experienced project manager take care of everything.

 

You will receive unparalleled attention to detail and customer focus at competitive prices. You’ll wish everything was as easy as a GoLocalise voice over!

Your most discerning customers will thank you for choosing our modern state-of-the-art recording studios.

 

Every detail has been carefully thought through for your comfort, leaving you to simply focus on what matters most – the voice over session.

 

Your recordings will sound beautiful and crystal clear thanks to our high-end studio sound-proofing and audio equipment, i.e. ProTools HD and Neumann microphones.

 

Maximise your budget by reducing the need for retakes with the help of our experienced in-house sound engineers who will professionally capture and edit your audio.

 

And for those recordings in languages which neither you nor your client speak, we’ll bring a qualified pro to your session to add that essential ingredient. To make you feel right at home, we provide high-speed Wi-Fi Internet and air-con is available.

 

And last but not least, we have the biggest cookie jar you’ve ever seen, that’ll make your custom brew taste even sweeter!

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A Brief History Of English

British English is the English language as spoken and written in Great Britain or, more broadly, throughout the British Isles.

Written English

Slight regional variations exist in formal, written English in the United Kingdom. For example, the adjective wee is almost exclusively used in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, whereas little is predominant elsewhere.

Nevertheless, there is a meaningful degree of uniformity in written English within the United Kingdom, and this could be described by the term British English.

Spoken English

The forms of spoken English, however, vary considerably more than in most other areas of the world where English is spoken, so a uniform concept of British English is more difficult to apply to the spoken language.

According to Tom McArthur in the Oxford Guide to World English, British English shares “all the ambiguities and tensions in the word British and as a result can be used and interpreted in two ways, more broadly or more narrowly, within a range of blurring and ambiguity.”

When distinguished from American English, the term “British English” is sometimes used broadly as a synonym for “Commonwealth English”, the general dialect of English spoken amongst the former British colonies exclusive of the particular regionalisms of, for example, Australian English or Canadian English.

British English Origin

English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers from various parts of what is now northwest Germany and the northern Netherlands.

The resident population at this time was generally speaking Common Brittonic—the insular variety of continental Celtic, which was influenced by the Roman occupation.

This group of languages (Welsh, Cornish, Cumbric) cohabited alongside English into the modern period, but due to their remoteness from the Germanic languages, influence on English was notably limited.

However, the degree of influence remains debated, and it has recently been argued that its grammatical influence accounts for the substantial innovations noted between English and the other West Germanic languages.

Initially, Old English was a diverse group of dialects, reflecting the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England. One of these dialects, Late West Saxon, eventually came to dominate.

The original Old English language was then influenced by two waves of invasion: the first was by speakers of the Scandinavian branch of the Germanic family, who conquered and colonised parts of Britain in the 8th and 9th centuries; the second was the Normans in the 11th century, who spoke Old Norman and ultimately developed an English variety of this called Anglo-Norman.

These two invasions caused English to become “mixed” to some degree (though it was never a truly mixed language in the strictest sense of the word; mixed languages arise from the cohabitation of speakers of different languages, who develop a hybrid tongue for basic communication).

The more idiomatic, concrete and descriptive English is, the more it is from Anglo-Saxon origins. The more intellectual and abstract English is, the more it contains Latin and French influences (e.g. pig is the animal bred by the occupied Anglo-Saxons and pork is the animal eaten by the occupying Normans).

Cohabitation with the Scandinavians resulted in a significant grammatical simplification and lexical enrichment of the Anglo-Frisian core of English; the later Norman occupation led to the grafting onto that Germanic core of a more elaborate layer of words from the Romance branch of the European languages.

This Norman influence entered English largely through the courts and government. Thus, English developed into a “borrowing” language of great flexibility and with a huge vocabulary.

The major divisions are normally classified as English English (or English as spoken in England, which encompasses Southern English dialects, West Country dialects, East and West Midlands English dialects and Northern English dialects), Welsh English (not to be confused with the Welsh language), Irish English and Scottish English (not to be confused with the Scots language).

The various British dialects also differ in the words that they have borrowed from other languages. Following its last major survey of English Dialects (1949–1950), the University of Leeds has started work on a new project. In May 2007 the Arts and Humanities Research Council awarded a grant to a team led by Sally Johnson, Professor of Linguistics and Phonetics at Leeds University, to study British regional dialects.

Johnson’s team are sifting through a large collection of examples of regional slang words and phrases turned up by the “Voices project” run by the BBC, in which they invited the public to send in examples of English still spoken throughout the country.

The BBC Voices project also collected hundreds of news articles about how the British speak English from swearing through to items on language schools.

This information will also be collated and analysed by Johnson’s team both for content and for where it was reported. “Perhaps the most remarkable finding in the Voices study is that the English language is as diverse as ever, despite our increased mobility and constant exposure to other accents and dialects through TV and radio”.

English Received Pronuntiation (RP)

The form of English most commonly associated with the upper class in the southern counties of England is called Received Pronunciation (RP). It derives from a mixture of the Midland and Southern dialects spoken in London in the early modern period and is frequently used as a model for teaching English to foreign learners.

Although speakers from elsewhere in England may not speak with an RP accent, it is now a class dialect more than a local dialect. It may also be referred to as “the Queen’s (or King’s) English“, “Public School English”, “Posh” or “BBC English” as this was originally the form of English used on radio and television, although a wider variety of accents can be heard these days. About 2% of Britons speak RP, and it has evolved quite markedly over the last 40 years.

Cockney and other accents

In the South East there are significantly different accents; the Cockney accent spoken by some East Londoners is strikingly different from RP. The Cockney rhyming slang can be (and was initially intended to be) difficult for outsiders to understand, although the extent of its use is often somewhat exaggerated.

Estuary English has been gaining prominence in recent decades: it has some features of RP and some of Cockney. In London itself, the broad local accent is still changing, partly influenced by Caribbean speech.

Immigrants to the UK in recent decades have brought many more languages to the country. Surveys started in 1979 by the Inner London Education Authority discovered over 100 languages being spoken domestically by the families of the inner city’s schoolchildren. As a result, Londoners speak with a mixture of accents, depending on ethnicity, neighbourhood, class, age, upbringing, and sundry other factors.

Since the mass internal immigration to Northamptonshire in the 1940s and its position between several major accent regions, it has become a source of various accent developments. In Northampton the older accent has been influenced by overspill Londoners.

There is an accent known locally as the Kettering accent, which is a transitional accent between the East Midlands and East Anglian. It is the last southern midland accent to use the broad “a” in words like bath/grass (i.e. barth/grarss). Conversely crass/plastic use a slender “a”.

A few miles northwest in Leicestershire the slender “a” becomes more widespread generally. In the town of Corby, five miles (8 km) north, one can find Corbyite, which unlike the Kettering accent, is largely influenced by the West Scottish accent.

In addition, most British people can to some degree temporarily “swing” their accent towards a more neutral form of English at will, to reduce difficulty where very different accents are involved, or when speaking to foreigners.

As with English around the world, the English language as used in the United Kingdom is governed by convention rather than formal code: there is no body equivalent to the Académie française or the Real Academia Española.

Dictionaries (for example, Oxford English Dictionary, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Chambers Dictionary, Collins Dictionary) record usage rather than attempting to prescribe it. In addition, vocabulary and usage change with time: words are freely borrowed from other languages and other strains of English, and neologisms are frequent.

For historical reasons dating back to the rise of London in the 9th century, the form of language spoken in London and the East Midlands became standard English within the Court, and ultimately became the basis for generally accepted use in the law, government, literature and education in Britain.

To a considerable extent, modern British spelling was standardised in Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), although previous writers had also played a significant role in this and much has changed since 1755. Scotland, which underwent parliamentary union with England only in 1707, still has a few independent standards, especially within its separate legal system.

Since the early 20th century, British authors have produced numerous books intended as guides to English grammar and usage, a few of which have achieved sufficient acclaim to have remained in print for long periods and to have been reissued in new editions after some decades.

These include, most notably of all, Fowler’s Modern English Usage and The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gowers. Detailed guidance on many aspects of writing British English for publication is included in style guides issued by various publishers including The Times newspaper, the Oxford University Press and the Cambridge University Press.

The Oxford University Press guidelines were originally drafted as a single broadsheet page by Horace Henry Hart, and were at the time (1893) the first guide of their type in English; they were gradually expanded and eventually published, first as Hart’s Rules, and in 2002 as part of The Oxford Manual of Style.

Comparable in authority and stature to The Chicago Manual of Style for published American English, the Oxford Manual is a fairly exhaustive standard for published British English that writers can turn to in the absence of specific guidance from their publishing house.

 

GoLocalise is the english’s leading voice over agency offering English voice-over, english translations to any language in the world, among other services.

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We used GoLocalise to voice several of our films in Vietnamese. The service was friendly and professional. Being able to attend the recording sessions gave me confidence; the sound engineer had taken a lot of time to familiarise himself with our films and scripts, and the voice talents were incredibly competent and good at adapting to any changes in the scripts as we recorded. The whole process was incredibly smooth and I felt in safe hands.

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We have used GoLocalise on a regular basis for projects in a number of languages. The service we receive is great. The team is always friendly and professional. The voiceovers we receive are of a very high quality and the turnaround is extremely quick. We are very happy to recommend GoLocalise to other businesses.

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They’re reliable, adaptive and obsessed with quality. And while you can never be 100% guaranteed of perfection, you can be sure GoLocalise will go the extra mile to get it right every time. Whether that’s hiring extra resources, hopping on multiple calls or even changing their internal processes, they’ll do what it takes. We’ve worked with them now for over to 5 years and we are truly thankful to have such a strong localisation partner for our business.

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GoLocalise has been Atlas’s sole provider of translation and foreign voiceover services since 2011. Their friendly and efficient team have localised a range of technical and behavioural projects and in a variety of multimedia formats. Atlas considers GoLocalise to be our localisation partner; trusted to consistently deliver on time and to a high standard.

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Designer at Atlas Knowledge

GoLocalise are a joy to work with. Nothing is too much trouble for them and we always appreciate their good advice, flexibility, fairness and professionalism. I would highly recommend them for any project.

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Producer at Education First

I really enjoy working with GoLocalise. The team is very nice and flexible, and they deliver subtitles of high quality, both from a technical and linguistic point of view. Subtitling is a stress-free matter when it is in their hands, I would definitely recommend their services.

Marion Hirst

Translation Project Manager at Language Wire

Golocalise are our supplier of choice for all our subtitling and transcription needs. After years of hassle trying to do it all in-house we have found their service to be a revelation in terms of speed, flexibility and costs. Their team is extremely responsive and can always turnaround requests, in any language, within our short deadlines. We can confidently rely on them to provide any deliverables without ever worrying about the accuracy of the subtitling.

Adam Ruddick

Head of Production at Casual Films

It was a pleasure to work with David and the team at GoLocalise. David gave me lots of help and advice, guiding me through my first subtitling project. He really knows his stuff! The experience was completely pain-free. I would not hesitate to recommend GoLocalise – outstanding work at a good price.

Kerry Gillies

Director at Synergy Language Services

I really love working with GoLocalise. Their subtitling department takes care of everything and they always deliver the best quality files. I’m also very happy that they’re willing, and capable, to work with all kinds of requests, and are always happy to help me and make the process better. The team is also so very helpful, and very nice to work with. I always recommend their services to everybody.

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Account Specialist at Advanced Language

We’ve worked with the GoLocalise team on countless video projects and have always had the same consistent, great experience. Not only are they responsive and quick on turnaround, I can always trust the VO will be done right – they are always 100% clear with communication and ensure their talent is prepared to record by asking necessary questions upfront before recording. Highly recommended and will definitely work with them on future projects.

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Account Manager at Epipheo

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