Captions & Subtitles
Spoken makes captions and subtitles for all sorts of videos in the same language (captions) or as translation into another language.
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Our subtitle service comprises adding for example English, Swedish or Finnish subtitles to a video, for instance a Facebook marketing video.
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As one of the biggest operators in Nordics, we can complete projects of all sizes.
We make subtitles for different kinds of videos in English, Finnish, Swedish, German, Russian and Estonian.
We can add the subtitles directly to the video or deliver them as a separate .srt subtitle file.
The material for the subtitles must be a downloadable video. We are able to receive a large scale of different file types.
Our employees are experienced professionals of linguistics.
Caption and subtitle service
As mobile access is becoming increasingly common, captions and subtitles are, too. Captions and subtitles make it possible to view videos and recordings regardless of where you are, for example in an open-plan office or on public transport.
We make captions and subtitles for projects of all sizes with the length of individual videos ranging from a few minutes to even several hours.
Usually we deliver captions and subtitles either in the SRT (.srt) or WebTT (.vtt) format. Other file types are also possible. SRT files can easily be added to video services, such as Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo.
Subtitles can be made in the same language, in which case speech in Finnish will be captioned in Finnish. Alternatively, the subtitles can be translated, in which case a video spoken in Finnish can be translated into another language, such as English.
The captions usually contain speech and dialogue. Other sounds and the soundscape are excluded.
The captions can be made according to the accessibility directive requirements. If the requirements need to be met, also the soundscape and background noises (e.g. “a dog barking”) will be included in addition to dialogue. This is also called audio description.
We make subtitles in the following languages:
Caption and subtitle types
You can choose either standard language or colloquial language as the captioning type. The type is usually determined by the nature of the video, whether it is official or not, and the target audience.
In the standard language subtitles, standard language is used, and the possible dialects are not visible. When colloquial language is chosen, the dialect of the speaker is used in the captions or subtitles.
Captions and subtitles with standard language
- Generally used in official captions or subtitles, such as educational or marketing videos
- The language will be transformed to standard language regardless of dialect.
- For example: “I’m going to go.”
Captions and subtitles with colloquial language
- Commonly used in so-called unofficial video, such as television programmes
- The language will be in the dialect of the speaker
- For example: “I’m gonna go.”
We make subtitles for these kind of videos
Films and series
Vlogs and podcasts
Captions that meet the requirements of the accessibility directive
We also make captions according to the requirements of the accessibility directive. This descriptive style of captioning can also be used for videos that do not necessarily have to meet the requirements of the directive.
How the web accessibility directive influences subtitles
Starting in the autumn of 2020, all public organisations must provide captions for the video and audio content of their website according to the EU web accessibility directive. If the content of the video and/or audio is otherwise clear on the website, there is no need for captions.
Applying the web accessibility directive in practice is based on the WCAG 2.1., i.e. the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It is commonly used as a basis for the accessibility requirement legislation of many countries.
According to the directive, all meaningful spoken content of the video or recording must be available in written form. The video must include captions in the language spoken on the video. Therefore, videos in Finnish must have captions available in Finnish.
The contents of captions that meet the requirements of the accessibility directive
In addition to captions of normal dialogue and speech, the following will be included if they are not evident based on the events on the video:
- Who is speaking (e.g. [John:])
- Other essential sounds, such as background music and other soundscape in the background (e.g. [the police siren sounds] or [a knock on the door])
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