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Subtitling in Estonia


Let's face it- it's challenging enough to come across a reliable subtitling service provider online. But try finding one that can truly convey the authentic experience with your content in Estonian!

There is a commonly adopted subtitle development process that all subtitling companies follow. For a start, customer content is reviewed, and professional audiovisual translators are assigned. Then English Master Templates are created, translated in Estonian, and proofread by captionists. Finally, the Estonian subtitles or captions are QCed and delivered in the requested subtitle format. And following this workflow should be enough to transcend the authentic feel in Estonian.

But there's a catch.

The original content has been produced in another country, within a different cultural context and simply translating and subtitling it in Estonian language is not enough to convey its creative intent. In result, the translated version fails to engage the local viewers and very successful TV shows, films, commercials, video games or other media end up as mediocre for the local audience. 


To help you transcend the original experience with your content and achieve a native feel, we apply a culture first approach- we craft and deliver Estonian subtitles that consider all local norms and traditions to create a culturally relevant and immersive viewer experience for Estonia.


GoPhrazy provides Estonian subtitling services through our native subtitle translators for the needs of your TV, films, cartoons, animations, e-learning videos, commercials, and video games. Here's the deal- it takes just 3 easy steps with us to make your subtitles perfect for Estonia:


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    describe your specifications

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    request a quote

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    get your ready-to-use files


Since 1994 we have localized over 10 000 hours of TV programming in foreign languages for providers like Discovery Channel, TLC, HBO, FOX, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and many more. The list gets bigger when we add localizing of over 1000 film titles for theatrical and TV distribution, as well as blockbuster games like League of legends, GTA and Civilization.


But that's not all.


We are also a preferred multilingual subtitling company to leading advertising agencies like Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi, localizing countless TV commercials for Fortune 500 companies like Coca Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Gillette, Sony, BMW, Danone and more.


Where dialogue becomes vision


What makes over 300 companies come back and reward us with more than 10 000 projects over the years is our culturally intelligent approach. It’s a group of methods that blend meaning and feeling with local expertise to provide a peace of mind that your media feels great in Estonian.


It all starts with you


We know that the most important factor in communication is to make sure that your viewers can connect and engage with your content not only on a linguistic but most importantly on a cultural level. That's why we don’t simply translate and subtitle your script in Estonian language. Instead, we assist you in adapting your content to the local culture and craft a superior viewer experience.


Estonian subtitling company

Estonian subtitling company


GoPhrazy is the number one choice for Estonian subtitles and captions due to our obsession with Client needs and our determination to deliver all projects always on time, in full and error free. We are an award winning subtitling company, trusted by major broadcasters and platforms.


Expertly written and perfectly timed


Our subtitlers are not only true experts in Estonian language but also in weighing written against spoken words, editing text to fit both visually and contextually, retaining the essence without any loss of meaning. While translating and developing Estonian subtitles, we consider the rhythm of the video, dialogue pace and the viewers' reading speed. We create subtitles and captions with timings synchronized with a surgical precision to the highest level of accuracy (up to 1/100 sec). As a result, our Estonian subtitles are always consistent but above all, always a pleasure to read.


Our Estonian subtitling specialists


Creating Estonian subtitles requires much more than simply making a word-by-word translation of a video script. Our subtitlers need to understand and experience the content; retain the context and meaning of the original version and convey it into Estonian, considering cultural differences. That's why we work with a large pool of local subtitle translators that have expertise in many sectors, including entertainment, advertising, video game, e-learning, technology, and more.


Our in-house subtitling department


Though we employ highly trained, experienced and subject-matter competent, native freelance Estonian subtitle translators, we also have a team of in-house subtitling QCers who validate each and every file against the assigned specifications and cultural checklists to ensure that your Estonian subtitling service is always delivered correctly. In result, your Estonian versioned media is ready to publish, in the style and format that you require. We strive to provide a seamless viewer experience in Estonian and we know that the perfect subtitling is the one that you never notice.


Subtitling technology


While our culturally intelligent approach ensures the cultural fit of your content in Estonian, it's our best-in-class technology that enables us to deliver superior quality while remaining cost effective. It empowers a collaborative environment and content flows that simplify the process and help you reach your Estonian audience faster, cheaper and better than ever before.


Estonian subtitling services

Estonian subtitling services


At GoPhrazy we develop, translate and provide Estonian subtitles that are relevant from both culturally linguistic and technical standpoint in order to create a truly immersive and memorable experience with your content for Estonia. Our subtitling and captioning services are mostly used by TV channels, OTT, IPTV and VOD platforms; film, advertising, education, video game and IT companies for making their media accessible to the local audience and are well known for their focus on precision and style. In the recent years we are also facing an increasing demand for Estonian subtitling services by social/ video sharing platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, and iTunes.


Our subtitling services


  • Estonian subtitling from template
  • Estonian subtitling without template
  • Estonian subtitling on provided script
  • Estonian subtitling with no script available


Estonian closed captioning


Improve the accessibility of your content in Estonia by taking advantage of our Estonian closed captioning services! While subtitles are created for hearing viewers and only reflect dialogue, our Estonian closed captioning includes all audio elements to provide more context and enhance the content experience for viewers with hearing disability. We cover any sound in the video that is not visually evident and develop Estonian closed captions with the assumption that the viewer is restricted from hearing the audio. We split the transcribed text into chunks (caption frames) and enable your local audience to follow the audio, video or captions interchangeably. Thus, we improve the accessibility and overall viewer experience for Estonian audience with hearing impairment who depend on captions to understand the video. As these captions are enclosed in video stream and can be turned on and off at viewer's comfort, they are named "closed captions".


Estonian open captioning


In case you need to improve accessibility for your videos, cinematic and theatrical content, our Estonian open captioning services are the perfect match for you. Unlike closed captions, open captions are embedded (burnt-in) the media file and become an inseparable feature of the video. They cannot be switched on and off like closed captions but on the other side have other benefits. They are easier to use, eliminate the need to manage separate files and inconsistencies among various media players. They enable publishers to control caption size and style and (if the text is generated properly) come in sync with video while not requiring a special software for playback.


Estonian SDH subtitling


Subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing (or HoH subtitling) quickly becomes a media accessibility standard in Estonia to respond to emerging regulations. It provides the closest-to-equal experience with your content to the Estonian audience that suffers of hearing loss and combines both subtitle and caption content into a single file that is then translated into Estonian. SDH include dialogue transcription, speaker IDs, audio description and could be placed anywhere on the screen to follow the sound positioning. While SDH includes audience with hearing loss, it also improves entertainment value and adds flexibility to education and information resources.


SDH are particularly designed for deaf, Deaf or hard of hearing audience.


  • Deaf with lower case "d" refers to viewers that cannot hear but can speak
  • Deaf with upper case "D" refers to viewers with hearing loss that prefer "sign language"
  • Hard of hearing refers to viewers with any level of hearing impairment


Led by exceptional people and supported by a state-of-the-art technology, we deliver Estonian captions in a quick, responsive, reliable, convenient, consistent, transparent, and risk-free manner across various industries, while keeping you informed at every step of the way with your project.


Estonian subtitling rates

Estonian subtitling rates


Due to economies of scale, technology utilization and supply chain integration GoPhrazy provides some of the most competitive rates for Estonian subtitling services at no compromise on quality. We build collaborative relationships with local linguists to guarantee consistency with the costs over time and make your ongoing projects predictable with budgets. At the same time, we know that each subtitling project is unique, and we consider certain factors to estimate our rates.


Factors affecting Estonian subtitling rates


  • Deadline- a rush charge applies for urgent/ same day Estonian subtitle delivery
  • Complexity- for super complex matter additional charge could apply
  • Volume- bulk order discounts are available for formal volume commitment
  • Source language- for subtitling videos that are not in English additional charge applies
  • Subject matter- topics that require in-depth competence might cause additional charges
  • Source video quality- poor image and sound makes subtitling harder and affects rates


For long form media broadcast projects, Estonian subtitle translation, caption translation or development rates are estimated per minute of video. For short form, or non-broadcast projects, Estonian subtitle translation, caption translation or development rates are quoted per project. We don't support a generic rate card as we approach every request individually to provide custom quotes that best serve your needs at the most competitive price. Our individual approach and attention make sure that you always get the right files, within the right budget, at the right time. 


About Estonian language


Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language spoken by approximately 1.3 million people, primarily in Estonia. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, which includes Finnish, Hungarian, and several other languages. It shares similarities with Finnish and has its own unique features. Estonian grammar is highly inflected and has a complex system of noun declension and verb conjugation. It features 14 noun cases and a rich array of grammatical forms to indicate possession, tense, mood, and negation. Estonian has a phenomenon called vowel harmony, where vowels within a word must be of the same type (front or back). This feature adds to the melodic and harmonious nature of the language. Estonian pronunciation is generally phonetic, with each letter having a consistent sound. It features distinct vowel sounds and a rhythmic stress pattern, with stress typically falling on the first syllable of a word. Estonian vocabulary has roots in the Finno-Ugric languages and has been influenced by neighboring Baltic, Germanic, and Slavic languages. It has a rich lexicon related to nature, folklore, and technological advancements. The Estonian language is an integral part of Estonian culture and national identity. It is used in literature, media, education, and official communication. Estonian literature, with renowned authors like Anton Hansen Tammsaare and Jaan Kross, reflects the country's history, values, and aspirations.


About Estonian culture


Estonian culture is a vibrant blend of ancient traditions, love for nature, and a strong sense of national identity. Estonians have a deep appreciation for music and dance. The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, held every five years, is a grand event where thousands of singers and dancers come together to celebrate their cultural heritage. Estonia is known for its pristine landscapes, with forests, lakes, and a diverse coastline. Estonians have a close relationship with nature, enjoying activities like hiking, mushroom picking, and swimming in the many lakes and beaches. Saunas hold a special place in Estonian culture. Sauna rituals are cherished, promoting relaxation, socializing, and well-being. Many Estonians have their own saunas and consider it a vital part of their lifestyle. Estonian culture values craftsmanship, with artisans skilled in weaving, woodwork, and ceramics. Traditional handicrafts, like woolen textiles and lacework, are cherished for their beauty and authenticity. The Estonian language is an essential part of Estonian culture. Estonian literature, with notable authors like Anton Hansen Tammsaare and Jaan Kross, explores the nation's history, values, and aspirations. Estonian culture reflects the spirit of resilience and independence fostered through a complex history. The Estonian people take pride in their language, traditions, and the preservation of their cultural identity.

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