FIELD GUIDE / SUBTITLES

 

2 options: create subtitles directly in the editing application or in a dedicated one. Regardless, recommend is to end up with a subtitle text file, like srt (subrip). These files give the flexibility to design and burn the text into the image in post-production, but also can be used for soft subtitles, that can be switched on, like for Blu-rays or DCPs.

 

 

NLEs

 

Avid: Dedicate a video track to the subcap effect. The process is self explanatory.

 

Premiere: It implementation of creating closed captions is similar to Avid's but still less developed, not intuitive and requires more clicks. Now "open captions" can be created, that can be designed and burned-in.

 

 0 create captions clip (right click project windows, new item, choose any except open captions,

   any can be converted into open captions, but open cations not be converted back again)

 

 1 drop clip into timeline

 

 2 open captions window from the window menu

 

 3 click captions clip, adjust length to film length in the captions window

 

 4 drag clip end to film end

 

 5 start adding captions

 

 6 to export a subtitle file you have to export a media file with a side card file under the

   media export settings.

 

The alternative is creating a title for every subtitle, but it is impossible to extract the text as a subtitle file or in any way, like via XML. Only recommended, if you will only ever need burned-in subtitles.

 

FCP7: The alternative procedure, that does not work under Premiere, creating titles for every subtitle, is exactly how to do it in FC. When XML of that track is exported:

 

http://www.acsoul.com/FCxmlSubtitleXtractor

 

 

 

DEDICATED SUBTITLING APPLICATIONS

 

SubtitleEdit (0€, WIN)

http://www.nikse.dk/subtitleedit

 

Aegisub (0€, WIN, OSX)

http://www.aegisub.org

 

Belle Nuit Subtitler (0€, OSX)

http://www.belle-nuit.com/belle-nuit-subtitler

 

Annotation Edit (245€, OSX, FCX/DVD studio integration)

http://www.zeitanker.com/content/tools/zeitanker_tools/zeitanker_annotation_edit

 

 

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