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bouke vahl
Re: subtitles grammar
on Aug 6, 2008 at 9:40:39 am

Keep in mind that the audience isn't stupid, and that things are shown in context. Most of the time you read a subtitle file from paper without the sound/image, it looks really stupid. But combined, it makes perfect sense.
More important, you have to shorten the text. That is a real challenge, but it can be done without harming the original content too much. Keep in mind to keep sync, even if it's virtual sync.
(If you have to change the order things are spoken, put titles on and off on natural pauses. If you do so, people won't notice. If you go out of sync, it is never natural.

There are quite some funny subtitled versions of Der Untergang, where Hitler is having funny monologues. Just cause they are sync, you acutally believe it. (Even I think it's funny, although i can understand German perfectly)

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