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Veronika Zaplata
Create Subtitles for TV-Show
on Jul 2, 2012 at 7:28:13 am

Hi everyone,

I am working for a dubbing company in Mauritius. Our client recently asked if there is a possibility to do also subtiteling. Is there anyone who could advise me. I have a exel or word document with the translation and the TC's. What software can I use to import this into FC or Avid. I need to deliver a .mov or .avi to my client.

Thanks for your help!!

Vero


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Mark Suszko
Re: Create Subtitles for TV-Show
on Jul 2, 2012 at 4:16:24 pm

There's a COW forum just for captioning: your best advice will come from there.

http://forums.creativecow.net/closedcaptioning


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Create Subtitles for TV-Show
on Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22:11 am

Vero,

For Avid it should be easy to convert your Word doc to an Avid compatible text format.

It's format looks like below:
TC In space char TC Out return char Subtitle double-return.

01:00:00:00 01:00:03:12
Just some made up subtitle text 01

01:00:04:08 01:00:09:16
Just some made up subtitle text 02

01:00:10:13 01:00:15:21
Just some made up subtitle text 03


Once you have done that you need to add a header at the start:
@ Header

<font> Arial Unicode MS
<font size> 48
<kerning> 1
<leading> 8
<alignment> center

<use face> on
<face color> 92 92 92
<face opacity> 100
<face softness> 0

<use edge> off
<use shadow> on
<shadow color> 6 6 6
<shadow opacity> 100
<shadow softness> 20
<shadow offset> 3
<shadow angle> 45


<begin subtitles>


You may experiment with the numbers.

You also need to add a "closing" tag at the end of the document:
<end subtitles>

So finally your Word document will look somehow like below:

@ Header

<font> Arial Unicode MS
<font size> 48
<kerning> 1
<leading> 8
<alignment> center

<use face> on
<face color> 92 92 92
<face opacity> 100
<face softness> 0

<use edge> off
<use shadow> on
<shadow color> 6 6 6
<shadow opacity> 100
<shadow softness> 20
<shadow offset> 3
<shadow angle> 45


<begin subtitles>
01:00:00:00 01:00:03:12
Just some made up subtitle text 01

01:00:04:08 01:00:09:16
Just some made up subtitle text 02

01:00:10:13 01:00:15:21
Just some made up subtitle text 03

<end subtitles>


In Word now save as plain text and import into Avid.

-Andreas

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools


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Jim Reed
Re: Create Subtitles for TV-Show
on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:38:46 pm

I use Sublime by Supramotion. http://www.supramotion.de/software/changelog

After you have developed your movie, send it out as an .mov. It will drop into Sublime. You can save the Word document as a Rich Text file and it will drop into Sublime. Then it's just a matter of synching the two together. This does take time however, but the results are excellent.


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Simeon Pines
Re: Create Subtitles for TV-Show
on Jul 26, 2012 at 7:56:21 pm

I've just been looking at the demo version of the Sublime program. Can anyone tell me how to get white subtitles on a solid black background (a bar the same length of the text)? Would that be done in FCPX?

Thanks!



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