Full-service German subtitling agency

German subtitle localization and translation services creating German subtitles. Our German subtitling services include transcriptions, SRT file creation, German subtitle translations, on-screen text, and graphics localization.

Adelphi is a specialist media localization company creating German subtitles for advertising and design agencies, translation companies and media organizations worldwide. Our in-house subtitle translations departments are specialists in providing German translations, German SRT files, and burnt-on subtitle videos.

Adelphi is a one-stop German subtitling company that can cater for all your German subtitling requirements.

German subtitling samples, click the video to play

Adelphi is a proud member of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC). Using Adelphi’s German translation services for your subtitling, therefore, ensures that quality and timing is closely controlled throughout the project.

Included in Adelphi’s German subtitling services is our capacity to localize motion graphics and animations, printed materials, Articulate Storyline e-learning projects and any on-screen text in-house with no outsourcing. This makes Adelphi the full-service foreign language localization agency for all your German subtitling requirements.

Subtitle styles
In the videos above, Adelphi has created burnt-on German subtitles (open captions). We can apply any style of subtitle you want, from a transparent band behind the text to drop shadows. Click here for further examples: https://adelphistudio.com/styles-of-subtitles/

Tips for preparing your videos for subtitling

  • Always check if the subject has already been translated into the language you require, as this might mean there are established ways to spell product names etc. Where possible, provide a glossary list of these, so we can inform our translators.
  • Make sure the video you provide us with is final, as all the translated content and timings will have to be redone at an extra cost if they change in the middle of the project.
  • It is always best to transcribe the video with time-codes in the original language first and only then translate, so only one set of time-coding needs to be done. If not, we then have to time-code each language individually, meaning extra costs and longer turnarounds.
  • If you’re planning on shooting raw footage in a language you are unfamiliar with and editing it later, please ask your guide or interpreter if they can give you a written transcript of everything that was recorded.

Burnt-on German subtitles

One method of subtitling is called ‘burned on’ subtitles, which means they cannot be turned on or off and are always visible. These are also called ‘open’ captions and they are part of the video file itself. Using this method means that multiple languages cannot be shown using the same file, therefore it is necessary to produce multiple versions of the video with the different languages, these can be selected by the user.

German subtitle translations – SRT file creation

For German subtitle translation, we would use a German audiovisual translator (srt file translator) who will create translated subtitles in the target language directly from the video in the source language.

There are many subtitle file formats, such as SRT, STL and VTT, etc. The file format depends on the platform used to display the subtitles, but SRT files are the most commonly supported. SRT files are time-coded documents that can be imported into the subtitling software, which then puts the correct subtitle in the correct sequence. After this, the SRT files just need a quick tidy-up to ensure the reading speed and subtitle presentation are optimal. These SRT files can then be used to create burnt-on German subtitles.

SRT and STL files are also used to provide subtitles for YouTube, Vimeo etc. By using these types of files, viewers have the option to switch on subtitles for different languages by clicking the CC button in the bottom right-hand corner. CC stands for “Closed Captions”.

CC-example
If you require Closed Captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences please let us know, as there are specific rules that must be adhered to. For US guidelines Click here For UK guidelines Click here
German text expansion – Compound words
One of the longest German words is Schweinefleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. Which means the “legislative law for the monitoring of pork-meat labelling.” When subtitling German and compound words appear they need to be hyphenated in the correct place.

German subtitling agency

German On-Screen Text Localization

We also localize any on-screen text and motion graphics etc. into German. Depending on the complexity and how the original was created we might need the original data package it was produced in.

Click here for more on on-screen text localization

German to English subtitling

Through our German to English Subtitling Service, we produce SRTs and open- and closed-caption subtitles in English from your original German video. We manage the entire process for you from start to finish, including transcription, translation, proofreading and subtitling.

Transcription services

We also offer a transcription service for those customers lacking a transcript of their videos. We provide time-coded scripts of your videos ready to be translated. We will then use those translations for the subtitle text, sending you the files at each stage of the process for you to review and assess.

Articulate Storyline localization

We can translate not just the text from your Articulate Storyline course itself but also localize all of the button and slider content too, we also add voice-overs and subtitles to any embedded videos using translated scripts and voice talents we can provide.


Subtitling samples