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boltownRED 4 Subtitle import?
by on Dec 16, 2006 at 9:23:44 pm

I've read that Red 4 can import subtitles from texts files. That would be a great help for me editingwith avid.
Does anybody know how does it work and how can i create an EBU compilant subtitle.
TIA, Agustin

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TheBorisRe: RED 4 Subtitle import?
by on Jan 3, 2007 at 11:56:12 pm

The new subtitle feature in RED 4 will allow you to import EBU formatted text file in RED timeline. We only support one file format at this point so make sure your subtitles are available in this format. To integrate with Avid simply render an alpha movie in RED and bring it in Avid for real time play back. A quick tutorial is available here:

Hope it works for you.

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John BirchRe: RED 4 Subtitle import?
by on Jan 15, 2007 at 10:01:38 am

EBU format is an industry standard format used for subtitles (or closed captions) worldwide (though not commonly in USA!). All professional subtitle preparation products typically support EBU format files as an interchange format. For Teletext subtitling (a form of closed captions common in Europe) the EBU format, (file extension .stl) is usually used as the 'transmission file' by a subtitle insertion system in the broadcast facility.

There are some caveats to using EBU files as a storage mechanism for subtitles, primarily they are typically limited in line length (37 characters) and will not include spaces after punctuation characters if originally authored for Teletext presentation (since Teletext characters are fixed width, punctuation chars have intrinsic spaces).


John Birch
Screen Subtitling Systems Ltd.

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