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Alexandre Labedade
Batch import of subtitles
on Dec 31, 2011 at 4:47:38 pm

Hi,

I've got subtitles in a text file (timecode+text) that I want to batch import in avid, and get them automaticaly positionned on the timeline.

How could I do that quickly ?
If no simple way exists, I could write a little program to convert my text file to something that avid could import, but then what fileformat could it be ? and where could I find its specifications ? (I've searched for the avid file format specification in vain...)

thanks for you help !


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Michael Phillips
Re: Batch import of subtitles
on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:02:15 am

Look to the DS Caption file format supported in the SubCap effect. The MC documentation should have that spec. Very straightforward. If you can't find it, then create two subtitles via SubCap on a V track and export DS Caption file and you can see what that looks like.

Michael

Michael Phillips


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Alexandre Labedade
Re: Batch import of subtitles
on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:04:20 pm

ok, I'll give it a try :)
thanks for your help !


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Bouke Vahl
Re: Batch import of subtitles
on Jan 1, 2012 at 2:13:47 pm

And there is subbits.
It can import timed text, and output to Subcap compatible files.
Or, it can output to a QT movie with Alpha, where you can create better looking titles, and have a more stable system.
(a lot of subcap titles seem not to work too well on my version of Avid, and i don't like the look...)

You can get it here (and there is a demo version)
http://www.videotoolshed.com/?page=products&pID=12

Don't hesitate to contact me if you run into trouble.

For the output format for DS / Subcap, it should look like this in an UTF-8 txt file:
(delim between TC is a TAB, not sure if a space will work also)

-------------
@ This file written with Subbits, http://www.videotoolshed.com


00:00:00;14 00:00:03;01
First title, two lines.
This is the second line

00:00:03;05 00:00:04;05
second title, just one line.



------------

hth,

Bouke

http://www.videotoolshed.com/
smart tools for video pros


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Bouke Vahl
Re: Batch import of subtitles
on Jan 1, 2012 at 4:25:44 pm

Hmm.
My example did not transfer well (it has a bit of HTML formatting it seems)

I've put a small sample here:
https://download.yousendit.com/M3BuK0d1K3g3bUNFQk1UQw

hth,

Bouke

http://www.videotoolshed.com/
smart tools for video pros


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Alexandre Labedade
Re: Batch import of subtitles
on Jan 2, 2012 at 9:47:46 am

great :)

thanks for this !


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