Dubbed movies vs. subtitled movies: Which is better?

Dubbed movies vs. subtitled movies Which is better

Several viewers choose between two primary viewing options – dubbing or subtitling. These two choices largely depend on the viewers, their geographic background, and viewing experiences. Some prefer to watch dubbed movies as reading subtitles can strain their eyes. Regardless of which side of the argument your position, it is essential to distinguish between the two to understand which one fits best for your content.


Subtitling is adding texts to audio-visual media to convey the message being spoken. They are essentially written instead of spoken audio allowing people to understand the dialogues even if they cannot understand the language. Without subtitles, it would be difficult to understand and grasp the context in movies or any video content. Subtitles can basically be added to any video content, including moving pictures, but are commonly used in television and films, corporate and promotional videos. Subtitling is now also very common on social media channels and video streaming sites.


If you have seen subtitles, you sure are aware that they are mostly displayed on one or two lines of text, in about two to four-second bursts. They are summarized and condensed versions of the original dialogues.


Subtitling is adding texts to audio-visual media to convey the message being spoken.


Dubbed movies and other video content goes through dubbing, where a new dialogue or audio track is added to the original video. It is generally used to translate foreign-language video content into the target audience’s language of choice. Some content producers prefer dubbing so they can add sound effects or substitute musical scores for more pleasing and compelling voice quality. You may notice that voices in dubbed movies may differ from the original content.

The dubbing process starts with consulting a localization provider. If there is no script provider from the video master, the provider might transcribe the dialogues into written texts. The script will be created by the translator together with the scriptwriter.

Are dubbed movies better than subtitled movies

Comparing dubbed movies and subtitled video content is subjective, and the winner between the two will significantly depend on personal preference. Some might prefer subtitles for specific reasons, while others find dubbed movies more convenient as they will not spend too much time reading, understanding, and appreciating the content simultaneously. Some other viewers have been watching dubbed videos for so long that they are not used to watching with subtitles. Regardless of one’s preference, these two viewing options have pros and cons.


The Advantages of dubbing

  • Dubbing is generally favored with film censorship. The art of synchronization is designed for viewers who are not keen enough to read the characters’ lips in the original film version before the content is dubbed. In that case, they have lower chances of comprehending what the dialogue was all about.
  • There are no abbreviations and space limits for the dialogues. However, writers must focus on the movement of the characters’ lips and synchronization.
  • For the viewers’ sides, dubbed movies allow them to pay more attention to the words and the images while enjoying the film simultaneously.

The Advantages of subtitling

  • Subtitling is more cost-effective than dubbing. This is why more countries prefer to provide subtitles on their video content.
  • Other content creators realized that listening to original dialogues has made it handy for viewers to enhance their language skills. Those people who prefer subtitled video content have better comprehension and listening skills.
  • Subtitling allows all content elements to stay intact, including the characters’ original voices in the content.

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  • Subtitled videos allow a better learning experience for people with attention disabilities.

The downsides of dubbing and subtitling

Dubbing services can be expensive and may not be ideal for small-scale projects and creators. It is approximately fifteen times more expensive since the production still has to hire voice-over artists, sound engineers, and recording materials. Dubbed movies and other content might annoy some native speakers every time they hear the dubbed content. This feedback can lead to them not watching the content at all.

Meanwhile, subtitles can take away the viewer’s concentration on the moving pictures, which is the primary purpose of watching video content. Instead, they focus more on trying to read the texts. Since subtitles take much of the viewers’ attention, they might miss the excellent musical scores, movie sets, and overall cinematography. Poorly produced subtitles can also confuse the meaning with the original dialogue.

Work with a professional for your translation services

Whether one opts for dubbing or subtitling, or a combination of both, it still goes down to choosing the appropriate and best personnel to translate documents and scripts in the content’s production. Both processes need to go through translation and localization services to ensure that dubbed dialogues and subtitles are accurately done and coincide with the course text.

Besides dubbed movies, Circle Translations also cater to video translation services to financial institutions, local authorities, global corporations, publishers, and design studios. We are a team of qualified experts who can produce a vast array of translation needs. We are aware that some translation services can be costly, so we ensure to provide you with options on affordable translation services.

We ensure to follow a process towards protruding quality translated outputs. Once our team starts working on a client’s translation project, Circle Translations will send regular updates on the project’s progress through phone and chat support. We give our clients the free will to publish the translated text or document upon completing the project.