Video Translation Services

Matinée Multilingual – delivering outstanding value video translation, voice recording and subtitling services from the UK, for over 30 years
Video translation services
Translation for video content

Video translation services from a supplier you can trust

Matinée Multilingual have been in the business of video translations for over 30 years. It all started from our recording studios based in Reading, near London. During the 90’s many international companies asked us to translate and re-voice their corporate video content. In those days everything was about analogue video tape, the Internet had not been invented yet!

These days, almost everything we do is for use on the internet. Businesses are still asking us to translate their video content into any of over 80 different languages, with either a re-voiced soundtrack, or with subtitles and captions.

We have worked on all manner of video content, from explainers and adverts, to e-learning and animations, providing professional translation services for a wide variety of video projects. 


The process starts with transcription. This is where we take the original video, and create an electronic version of the spoken elements, and also the captions. Usually this will need to have timecodes added to create a specific time reference for where the new voice-over segment is to be inserted, or for where the subtitle or caption must appear. Timecodes help with the process of identification, editing, and synchronization, acting as a pointer to a particular part of the video. 


We can then organise the translation of the content with tried and trusted in-country professionals. This process is not just a straight translation of the written transcription because there are timing factors to take into account. Firstly, the translator has to know if the translation is for voice-over or for subtitles, as the outcome will be very different.

Translation for voice-over requires the translator to make sure that the translated script will still fit within the time constraints of the original video. This may mean that some sentences will have to be adapted to make them shorter.

Translation for subtitles usually means that the script has to be shortened, so that the new text fits in two lines on the screen. Often this means the text needs to be a condensed version of the original. To understand this process requires specific skills for the translator. Using a translator who doesn’t have experience in these matters will lead to an inferior product, and can waste a lot of production time and budget!


For our Video Translation Costs and FAQs

How to translate text that is part of the video image

Check out this video that explains the process of making sure that all the on screen text elements of your video are translated properly. Without a full check, there could be captions left on screen that will make no sense to a foreign speaking viewer.

World-class audio-visual translations at affordable prices

Not all translations are equal. We work with translation specialists to perfectly capture the tone and nuances of your messaging, which is something that machine translations just aren’t capable of. At Matinée, our talented linguists ensure that our work does exactly what you need it to in over 80 languages. This includes:
  • Expert translators maintain the integrity of your core message, ensuring it respects local culture and values.
  • Mother tongue translation – undertaken by native linguists for total accuracy in over 80 languages.
  • Dedicated Project Manager – to make sure you get the best possible customer experience.
  • Affordable pricing – we deliver great value, with reasonable prices and exceptional service.
  • On-time delivery – when we agree a delivery date, you can be sure that we’ll stick to it.
If you would like to discuss your project further, please complete the Quick Quote opposite. You can also call us on +44 (0)118 9584934 , or email:

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    Video translation for Microsoft Windows Live Messenger

    Case Study

    Microsoft required a voice-over agency and video translation service to localise a set of Microsoft Windows Live Messenger 2011 product demonstration videos in 37 languages. Matinée’s expertise in visual translation was recognised by Microsoft’s translation vendor.

    We were selected to provide both voice-over and video translation services. For every language we cast and recorded a native female voice-over artist and recorded time-sync to the US-English voice-over track. Then video translations were created using the Adobe After Effects source files. We had to adjust the animation timings to match the new audio. And finally we encoded the videos in 6 different file formats.
    Voice-over recording services

    Voice-over recording services

    At Matinée Multilingual, we have two voice recording studios, built to exacting BBC specification. This means the acoustics have been designed to make spoken recordings crisp and clear with a minimum of reflected sound within the recordings. Also, the voice booth is sound proofed to cut out all external noise so that the recordings remain clean and pure.

    Subtitling & Captions

    Sometimes it is easier and more cost effective to subtitle your video, rather than re-voicing the soundtrack in a foreign language. We have been subtitling video for well over 10 years, and are one of the busiest subtitling studios in the UK. Many well-known corporates trust us with their subtitling work, as you will see from examples below. Many of our customers are also well-known translation companies who don’t have production skills in-house, and farm out the work to specialists like ourselves.

    Select a voice-over language

    Choose English read in a foreign accent

    Select a subtitle language

    Translation companies and production agencies

    Working with translation and production companies

    Adding audio visual services to your mix will create many new sales opportunities for your team

    Matinée has over thirty years of experience working alongside translation and production companies. So you can be sure our project managers are fully at home with the technical process of supervising and delivering localised material, in a professional manner. We can add translation, voiceover and subtitling to your company’s offering, which will appear seamless to your clients and yet mesh easily with the processes in your own departments.

    If you are a translation company, we will send you some helpful guidelines when providing us with copy or scripts, and we can either work from your translations or handle the whole project for you, including translation. If you are a production company, we will provide translations or subtitles in your preferred format; whether that’s subtitle-ready files (XML or PNG), or burnt in as fully-subtitled videos. Voiceover recordings can be supplied as edited files, or we can remix with the original music and effects and provide a finished video, ready to go.

    Working seamlessly with your team, we can take on all or part of the process, according to your needs, and help widen your service offering.

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    Alex Carr

    BBGR Optical

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    Lisa Potrawiak

    Sinclair Pharma

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    Jon Mirley

    Three Motion Media

    Matinée is a company I can trust

    I’ve worked with Matinee for well over 20 years, and continue to go back to them because of trust; a trust in their commitment to fulfilling the needs of my project, and a trust in the quality of their work.

    Bruce Corby

    Muddy Boot Productions

    I use Matinee a lot for subtitling projects

    I use Matinee for a lot of subtitling projects and they never fail to meet the deadlines. Great customer service and fast responses. Well done to the entire team.

    Jade Burnell

    The Big Word

    Friendly and efficient service

    The speed of response, and friendly, efficient service from all staff was quite exceptional. Matinee particularly stands out by putting the customer’s needs first, even when the job is relatively small and a bit of a technical challenge. I would strongly recommend Matinee for any subtitling work.

    Richard Taylor

    Freelancer producer and film maker

    A fantastic company to work with

    A fantastic company to work with. Fast email responses, rapid delivery of audio files, and all with positive and warm personalities shining through!  Thank you Matinée for a wonderful customer experience.

    Anne Crawford


    They are always well organised

    Very pleased with a number of projects completed by Matinée. They are always well organised, providing clear expectations, organisation, efficiency and always deliver a quality product on time. Recommended.

    Jon Watkins

    Jon Watkins TV

    Quick response to meet my deadline

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    Joville Villanueva

    Shell UK Ltd