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james henson
RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Oct 29, 2014 at 1:48:16 pm

Hello,

I have a alot of project files with subtitles...i need to convert the subtitles to an .SRT file.

I was reading someone that is is possible to do this, perhaps by exporting chapters or something?

Grateful if I could be given directions of how to do this?

thanks


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John Rofrano
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Oct 29, 2014 at 3:03:25 pm

[james henson] "I have a alot of project files with subtitles...i need to convert the subtitles to an .SRT file."
Try Tools | Scripting | Export Closed Captioning for YouTube. That will make an SRT file. Of course, closed captions are not subtitles so perhaps this is not what you are looking for. You would have to have Close Captioning markers in your project but perhaps you can modify the script for Subtitles?

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Don Cobble
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:52:11 pm

John
We are needing to do subtitling. I know nothing - what is the best direction to start and learn how? and the work flow?
Please
Thank You
Don


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Bouke Vahl
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 15, 2017 at 8:27:53 am

Don,
I don't know where you from, but if you're not used to watch foreign movies / series with subtitles, you've got a lot to learn.
Beside the technical / esthetic part, you have to be very good with language, and NOT translate exactly what is spoken.
(As most of the time you have to shorten the text, or end users cannot read them. Also, you have to work on double negatives and stuff like that as it will confuse the viewer in the short time the title is on.)

Netflix has some rules (per country) on its site. I don't agree on all of them, but it's a start.

Then, if you have to do a lot of subtiting (A feature can have over 1000 subtitles), do get a decent dedicated subtitle editor.
You'll will find yourself moving bits of text from one title to another, join short titles, split long ones etc.
And you want to fast preview as you go along, so you don't want to open a title tool every title you need to edit, it's just too slow.

My subtitle app. (look for Subbits on my site) has a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's extremely fast. (I work with it myself every week ☺
It comes with a technical manual that also describes a bit about good practice.

hth,
Bouke

Bouke
http://www.videotoolshed.com


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Aaron Star
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 17, 2017 at 8:09:26 pm

I find the YouTube CC editor to work well. You can upload any resolution of your project, then use the CC editor to make your CC, then export the file type you need for other requests. You can upload a txt file that has your dialog ahead of time, and YouTube will match your dialog for you as far as timings. You make adjustments if you need to.

YouTube gives you an .SBV file that you can convert to .SRT format.


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Bouke Vahl
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:07:58 am

[Aaron Star] " I find the YouTube CC editor to work well."

And I find a toothbrush work well when I want to sweep the market square.

Bouke
http://www.videotoolshed.com


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Aaron Star
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 18, 2017 at 7:24:05 am

Oh. Did I heckle the Brouke and John infomercial? I thought this was a forum for discussing topics, and not a barker stage for small products. My bad.

Personally, with an attitude like that, I would not buy your product if you made an automated broom that swept the square for me.


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John Rofrano
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 18, 2017 at 1:08:15 pm

[Aaron Star] "Did I heckle the Brouke and John infomercial?"
Aaron, How did I get pulled into this? I wasn't selling anything? I was simply answering a question 3 years ago about Vegas Pro's existing capabilities?

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Bouke Vahl
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:41:54 pm

Hi Aaron,
C'mon, lighten up. It was a joke, not intended to hurt you.
And if you know me a little, you know that I try to help others whenever I can, and definitely not only to sell my stuff.

Bouke
http://www.videotoolshed.com


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John Rofrano
Re: RE exporting subtitles as .SRT files?
on Jun 18, 2017 at 1:33:35 pm

Don,

Vegas Pro really doesn't "formally" support subtitles. As explained in my previous answer, you would need to use Closed Caption markers in Vegas Pro (which are actually Command Markers) and then export them as an SRT file with a script that Vegas Pro provides. Look up Closed Captioning in the Help file for more information on the topic.

Unfortunately, Vegas Pro doesn't really distinguish between Closed Captions and Subtitles but they are very different things for very different purposes (e.g., Closed Captions are for people with hearing disabilities and Subtitles are for National Language Translations, Closed Captions are generated by the set-top box or TV and provide no font control, while Subtitles are generated by the content provider and can be anything they want them to be including fonts, drop shadows, etc.).

If you are looking to provide subtitles in several languages, Vegas Pro alone isn't the tool to do this because you have no easy way to send the titles out for translation. I have a product called Caption Assistant that can help. You can download a 15-day free trial and see if satisfies your situation. While it's not a subtitle tool, it will get the job done without having to leave Vegas Pro (it's a plug-in).

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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