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Himanshu Bhatnagar
how to create subtitles - srt/sub
on Sep 4, 2010 at 3:46:01 pm


Can anyone tell me the fastest way to create subtitles (.srt/.sub files) for a video? I also want to understand the basic difference .srt/.sub files. Sorry if this is the wrong forum to ask this query.
I use final cut pro.

Thanks in advance.

Himanshu Bhatnagar

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Cinnamon Kennedy
Re: how to create subtitles - srt/sub
on Sep 4, 2010 at 5:28:29 pm

I'm just completing a subtitle-heavy project and for this I purchased a subtitling plugin called CVH Text - the basic fcp effects were ok but my people wanted more definition, which this plugin certainly gave. I also want to recommend two interfaces that I used a lot - "" - this allowed people to translate my stuff remotely and then I could download the .srt file into text edit, and "submerge", a cheap little program that will blend an .srt file into an .mov file automatically.

What I did was for putting the subtitles into fcp was, I created a subtitle in the definitions that I liked and then stretched/copied it all the way across, cutting it with each line of talking and then filling in the text by hand. I guess that's sort of low tech but it worked.

(By the way, the subtitling plugin that I recommended above had some issues with Apple ProRes 422. I had to switch over to DVCPRo.)

Good luck!

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Andreas Kiel
Re: how to create subtitles - srt/sub
on Sep 6, 2010 at 3:47:49 pm

SRT files do look like that:

00:00:12,000 --> 00:00:15,123
This is the first subtitle

00:00:16,000 --> 00:00:18,000
Another subtitle demonstrating tags:
<b>bold</b>, <i>italic</i>, <u>underlined</u>
<font color="#ff0000">red text</font>

00:00:20,000 --> 00:00:22,000 X1:40 X2:600 Y1:20 Y2:50
Another subtitle demonstrating position.

SUB files do look like that:

cercheremo di capire se lo squalo
bianco รจ un mangiatore di uomini.

Di ritorno alle acque
della zona degli squali,

i ragazzi hanno studiato un modo
per vedere se lo squalo bianco

If you got a finished movie, you should use a spotting app like SubBits or Belle Nuit, if you got your subtitles already in FCP you can use my TitleExchange to convert the subtitles to one of the formats.



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