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DVD SP sucks at subtitling - looking for alternative
on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:16:23 pm

So, I'm working on subtitling a whole bunch of projects. It's the same script, but different people saying it.

I did the template subtitles for English in Sublime, exported an STL file, and plugged them into DVD SP. Then, I copy-pasted the text from foreign languages into each stl file and reimported those into DVD SP on different tracks.

Now, I'm conforming the English subtitles (track 1) to the script and snapping the other languages (tracks 2-5) to the English.

At least I would be doing that if DVD SP didn't suck so much at subtitling. Believe it or not,

* You can't select multiple subtitles, not even in the same language track
* You can't snap subtitles to the playhead, only move them there
...and a whole bunch of other nuisances that make me cringe. It takes me hours to subtitle each project.

So, I've been looking at alternatives.
I know it may be a bit much to ask, but what would be ideal is a program that:
* Has support for multiple tracks
* Has support for Chinese, Korean, and Russian
* Can import an audio or video file
* Can select multiple subtitles, preferably across different tracks
* Preferably has snapping and markers

Anyone know any programs like that?

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Max @ Area 4
Re: DVD SP sucks at subtitling - looking for alternative
on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:30:45 pm

I've had to author quite few 8 language discs in DSP, and totally agree with you - it's a nightmare. At the time, we had a word document with sub lines separated by returns. Within word we ran a macro that exported the lines as PSD files. Then laid out English subs to video on Avid, and exported EDL. EDL was converted to STL and other languages macroed with same filenames. Then we simply duplicated STLs and changes file paths. This is most likely not going to be your workflow, but the point is: subs are always going to be a big pain, even in a program like Scenarist it's not much simpler, except that you CAN select multiple subs and move them.

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Bouke Vahl
Re: DVD SP sucks at subtitling - looking for alternative
on Dec 28, 2007 at 3:47:29 pm

DVD SP is not a subtitle editor, it's an authoring tool.
For creating subititles you need something that specializes on that task only.

There are several, but there is only one that i made :-)

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