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Subtitling in Cambodia


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 Khmer!

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 into Khmer, and proofread by captionists. Finally, the Khmer subtitles or captions are QCed and delivered in the requested subtitle format. And following this workflow should be enough to transcend the authentic content feel in Khmer.

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 Khmer 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 Khmer subtitles that consider all local norms and traditions to create a culturally relevant and immersive viewer experience for Cambodia.


GoPhrazy provides Khmer 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 Cambodia:


subtitling in just 3 easy steps:

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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 Khmer.


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 Khmer language. Instead, we assist you in adapting your content to the local culture and craft a superior viewer experience.


Khmer subtitling company

Khmer subtitling company


GoPhrazy is the number one choice for Khmer 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 Khmer 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 Khmer 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 Khmer subtitles are always consistent but above all, always a pleasure to read.


Our Khmer subtitling specialists


Creating Khmer 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 Khmer, 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 Khmer 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 Khmer subtitling service is always delivered correctly. In result, your locally versioned media is ready to publish, in the style and format that you require. We strive to provide a seamless viewer experience in Khmer 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 Khmer, 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 local audience faster, cheaper and better than ever before.


Khmer subtitling services

Khmer subtitling services


At GoPhrazy we develop, translate and provide Khmer 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 Cambodia. 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 Khmer subtitling services by social/ video sharing platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, and iTunes.


Our subtitling services


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


Khmer closed captioning


Improve the accessibility of your content in Cambodia by taking advantage of our Khmer closed captioning services! While subtitles are created for hearing viewers and only reflect dialogue, our Khmer 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 Khmer 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 Khmer 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".


Khmer open captioning


In case you need to improve accessibility for your videos, cinematic and theatrical content, our Khmer 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.


Khmer SDH subtitling


Subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing (or HoH subtitling) quickly becomes a media accessibility standard in Cambodia to respond to emerging regulations. It provides the closest-to-equal experience with your content to the local audience that suffers of hearing loss and combines both subtitle and caption content into a single file that is then translated into Khmer. 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 Khmer 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.


Khmer subtitling rates

Khmer subtitling rates


Due to economies of scale, technology utilization and supply chain integration GoPhrazy provides some of the most competitive rates for Khmer 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 Khmer subtitling rates


  • Deadline- a rush charge applies for urgent/ same day Khmer 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, Khmer subtitle translation, caption translation or development rates are estimated per minute of video. For short form, or non-broadcast projects, Khmer 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 Khmer language


The Khmer language, also known as Cambodian, is the official language of Cambodia and is spoken by the majority of the country's population. It belongs to the Austroasiatic language family and is characterized by its unique script and linguistic features. The Khmer script, an abugida, is one of the oldest writing systems in Southeast Asia. It consists of 33 consonants, 23 vowels, and a range of diacritics, which indicate tones and modify vowel sounds. Written from left to right, Khmer script is known for its elegance and intricate characters. Khmer culture and language are deeply intertwined. The language serves as a repository of Cambodia's rich history, traditions, and religious beliefs. Theravada Buddhism, the predominant religion in Cambodia, has a profound influence on the language and culture, with many religious texts and ceremonies conducted in Khmer. Traditional Khmer arts are celebrated for their beauty and intricacy.  Despite the challenges Cambodia has faced in its history, the Khmer language remains a symbol of national identity and cultural resilience. It continues to evolve and adapt in the modern era, reflecting the enduring spirit of the Cambodian people and their commitment to preserving their unique heritage.



About Cambodian culture


Cambodian culture is a rich and diverse tapestry of traditions, history, and values deeply rooted in the country's ancient heritage and Buddhism. Buddhism is at the heart of Cambodian culture, and the majority of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. This spiritual belief permeates daily life, influencing art, architecture, festivals, and moral values. The Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an iconic symbol of Cambodia and was the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire. It reflects the architectural and artistic excellence of the Khmer people. Cambodian culture is renowned for its traditional arts, including classical dance (Apsara dance), shadow puppetry (Sbek Thom), and traditional music. These arts often depict stories from Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Cambodian cuisine features dishes like Amok (a fragrant fish curry), Lok Lak (beef stir-fry), and Khmer noodles. Rice is a staple, and street food culture is vibrant. Traditional Cambodian clothing includes the "Krama" scarf and the "Samput" ceremonial outfit. These garments are still worn during special occasions and ceremonies. The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake play significant roles in Cambodian culture, providing livelihoods and influencing traditions, such as the floating villages around the lake. Cambodian society places great importance on family and community ties. Respect for elders and communal support networks are central to Cambodian culture. Cambodia's recent history, including the Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities, has left a lasting impact on its culture. Despite the challenges, Cambodians have shown remarkable resilience in preserving and reviving their cultural heritage. Cambodian culture is a blend of ancient traditions and contemporary influences, reflecting the nation's complex history and vibrant spirit. It continues to evolve while holding onto its deeply rooted values and identity.

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