Japanese Voiceover and Dubbing
Your audience doesn’t just speak Japanese – they ARE Japanese.
To connect with these listeners and viewers, you need more than a translation app or dictionary – you need cultural authenticity.
The linguists at SPG Studios are acutely aware of how word choice, phrasing, and accents influence perception and meaning. Our Japanese-language specialists and voice talent deliver that nuance and context. They are aware of unique regional characteristics among prefectures. Moreover, their work passes through both peer review and quality control to ensure the finished product is culturally relevant and immersive.
The result is high-quality localization, and it’s what SPG has done for over 30 years for clients as diverse as film studios, gaming companies, universities, web content providers, Fortune 500 companies and the ad agencies that serve them.
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Why should you localize your content for Japanese-speaking markets?
There are more than 128 million Japanese speakers worldwide, making it the thirteenth-most spoken language in the world. Roughly 5 million people speak Japanese outside of Japan, with the largest communities in Brazil and the United States.
Japan is the second-largest developed economy in the world, with an annual GDP of $5.01 trillion. Although well known for automobile manufacturing and electronics goods, Japan is ranked among the world’s most innovative countries as measured by global patent filings. Japanese speakers also represent the 8th largest community of Internet users, according to Statistica. Whether you are looking to dub, subtitle, or narrate, localizing into Japanese opens access to a vibrant force in the global economy. International companies have enjoyed great success localizing their marketing and ad campaigns, training videos, TV and radio spots, VOD (video on demand), e-learning materials, video games, and more into Japanese.
Speed, Quality & Affordability: yes!
Something special happens when you focus on one thing and do it very well. You not only develop unrivaled expertise, but also systems, processes, and relationships that enable faster and more flexible workflows. SPG’s proprietary software, along with our pro audio gear, Dolby-certified studios, networking infrastructure, and thousands of contacts in Japan, allow us to localize like nobody’s business! Regardless of the size of your budget, the urgency of your deadline, or the exactitude of your Japanese linguistic standards, SPG can deliver.
Japanese Projects & Clients
Over the past 30+ years, SPG has provided Japanese localization services for feature films, TV and other episodic series, documentaries, video games, web content, commercials, TV and radio spots, e-learning and training videos. In the majority of cases, we’re asked to provide voice-overs, narrations, or dubs, which are sometimes referred to as video dubbing or audio translation. Sometimes clients also need us to prepare subtitles, translations, graphics localization, and other media services.
Our People & Work
SPG has lots of 友達 tomodachi (friends) in Japan! We work with a large and diverse range of native Japanese-speaking voice artists, directors, localization experts, and recording and mixing engineers. Depending on the content type and project goals, we can employ:
- “UN style” voice-over, which plays “on top of” the original dialog
- Narration that replaces the original, or
- Lip-sync dubbing, which synchronizes to lip movements and reflects the tone and emotional quality of the original speaker
All three styles require linguists to translate the as-recorded script to bring every nuance of your source material into Japanese. Dubbing requires the added step of adapting the script to optimize the sync between our recorded Japanese audio and the original visuals. SPG’s best-in-class adapters scrutinize each word and phrase to ensure the dubbed performance conveys the exact “feel” of the original.
For many clients, the most crucial step in the process is casting Japanese voices. SPG can manage the entire process, or present you with filtered or unfiltered lists of voice samples. We can offer a near-limitless variety of ages, styles, tonal quality, and performance capabilities. SPG has dubbed children singing, aliens speaking a made-up language, and everything in between!
Other critical steps in the process include:
- Pairing Japanese voice talent with session directors and talented recording engineers
- Editing, mixing, and post-production services that ensure the audio quality sounds perfect
- File transfer, digital asset management, efficient workflow tools, and secure digital rights management
After recording is complete, we turn our attention to the graphics localization of onscreen text, titles/credits, “lower thirds”, and other written material. To fully immerse your audience, all relevant text should be in Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana!
Japanese Subtitling, Captioning, and Audio Description Services
When text or narration is preferable to lip-sync voice dubbing, SPG offers subtitling, closed captioning, and audio description services. Our roster of Japanese translators, linguists, adapters, and editors have extensive experience creating subtitles and closed captions in a timely and cost-effective manner. We also employ audio description specialists with thousands of hours of experience delivering information to the sight-impaired community.