German Subtitles & Captions

Knockhundred offers a high-quality German subtitling service to a variety of clients across a wide range of business sectors. In fact, we offer professional subtitling services in over 190 languages, including German, for cinema, TV, online material, DVD, video, video games, computer games and corporate CD-ROMS.

We can provide captions and German captioning services (including closed captions) for those people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These captions will usually contain descriptions of non-dialogue audio (such as laughter or a door slamming).

We also of course provide English subtitling services to a huge range of clients across the globe. Please refer to our languages page to see which languages we can handle.

The art of German subtitling

Using subtitling software, we can provide subtitles in virtually any language including German, and produce the end result in most industry-standard formats such as plain text, Word, HTML, Final Cut Pro XML, Spruce STL or Subrip (srt).

If you don't see the format you need, just ask, as we may still be able to help. The German subtitlers will identify exact positions where each subtitle should appear and disappear. These markers are usually identified by precise time codes/frames dependent on the service you require.

The process of German captioning

The process of captioning is much the same as for producing German subtitles. The main difference is that the resulting German captions will often contain descriptions of sound as well as a direct transcription of the speech.

German transcription and translation for film and tv

We regularly translate film and documentary clips providing a finished transcription with time codes ready for German subtitles to be created. We are more than happy to produce finished srt subtitle files if you'd prefer.

One-step media translation from video for German subtitles

If your source video is in one language, for example English, and you require the subtitles to be in another, for example German, our German linguists will provide a direct translation into the relevant language and produce time-coded subtitles in a suitable format.

German video SEO

Do you have an existing video in German, or are you having one produced?  If you want consumers to find your video, please remember search engines can’t watch a video or listen to audio, but they do “understand” (and index) text.  This is why it is important to upload an aligned, accurate German transcript to support your video content or to provide German subtitles or captions.  This is how search engines will “hear” your video.

  • German subtitling rates start from £7.99 + VAT per source video minute
  • German same language transcription rates start from £2.50 per source audio/video minute
  • German language direct translation from audio/video rates start from £4.25 per source audio/video minute
  • Please note these rates are a broad indication only. Minimum charges apply, and rates will vary depending on audio quality, number of speakers, subject matter, volume, etc.

Please note: VAT is chargeable for our UK clients. We are able to provide quotations in GB pounds, US Dollars or Euros.

Please refer to our Client Feedback page to learn more about the unbeatable German transcription service we offer.


German is a West Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. It is recognised as a minority language in Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, South Africa, Vatican City and Venezuela. There are also significant German-speaking communities in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Paraguay, New Zealand and Peru.

Standard German (Hoch Deutsch) has around 90 million native speakers, and other varieties of German have some 30 million. There are about 80 million people who speak German as a second language, and many others study it as a foreign language.

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Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Würde und Rechten geboren. Sie sind mit Vernunft und Gewissen begabt und sollen einander im Geist der Brüderlichkeit begegnen.

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

German example video

This is intended as a language sample video - the subtitles/captions were not created by Knockhundred Translations.
You can find more information on our subtitling services here
AND LASTLY, A German Tongue Twister

Fischers Fritze fischt frische Fische; Frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritze.
...which means that Fritz, the fisherman's son, is fishing for fresh fish.