Which movie translation is better- Voiceover or Subtitles?

movie translationFilms, movies or motion pictures are a series of still images which creates an illusion of moving life. It also includes audio which makes it even more life-like. Some people call them as cultural artifacts. It is a reflection of our society and culture. And our society and culture include everything even what we think inside our minds. Movies are an important part of our lives. Both films and our society influence each other. Movies are great. And movie translation services make them even better. There are mainly two kinds of movie translation services. Namely, subtitling and voice-over or dubbing.

Now let’s get to know about subtitling.

What is subtitling?

A subtitle is the simultaneous written translation or transcription of movie dialogues in a film. And the process of adding subtitles to a film or video is called subtitling. It usually appears at the bottom of a screen. It helps in better understanding of the film dialogues and the plot in general. Subtitling can be interlingual or intralingual. Interlingual subtitling helps people understand a film in other languages. Whereas Intralingual subtitling helps people with hearing problems understand a film better.

Now, let’s get to know about dubbing or voice-over translation.

What is dubbing?

Dubbing is the addition as well as the mixing of dialogues, sound effects to a film video. It is a post-production process. In the translation industry, dubbing means the addition of translated dialogues of the film to the film video. Dubbing involves voice actors speaking the movie dialogues in other languages, recording them. And then add them to the film in place of the original dialogues. Dubbing gets the preference over subtitling in many countries of Eastern Europe and Asia.

Which is better?

In order to understand which movie translation is better, we need to note down the advantages and disadvantages of subtitling and dubbing translation on the basis of few factors. These factors are time, cost, popularity and additional benefits. So let us start with the first factor:

Time

Subtitling takes less time than dubbing. Subtitling involves translation of the English subtitles or dialogues. But dubbing involves translation of the dialogues by a translator and then assigning the character dialogues to different voice actors. Then the voice actors have to speak their dialogues. The dialogues need to be in sync with the timings of the original dialogues. Also, hiring voice actors having the desirable voice quality, accents and tone is another step of the process.

Cost

The cost of creating translated subtitles is less than that of voice-over translation. Translating the subtitles or creating subtitles in another language usually takes one person. And the work also takes very less amount of time in comparison to voiceover translation. Moreover, voiceover translation involves many people such as sound engineers, translators, and different voice actors. Also, the process involves the use of costly types of equipment.

Popularity

Most of the people around the World will usually choose a dubbed movie over a subtitled movie. There is no complex reason behind this fact. People would like to hear the dialogues rather than read them at the bottom of the screen.

Additional benefits

Well, people usually don’t watch movies for benefits. But subtitles can really help people who want to learn another language. Dubbing just gives you the fun of watching the movie in your native language.

We at Verbolabs provide top-notch movie translation services. If you feel the need for translation services for your audio-visual content, feel free to contact us.

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