Monday, August 21, 2017

How to create video subtitles in 10 minutes easily

How long does it take to create subtitles for a video? It may take 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or many hours, depending on the length of the video.

Is it possible to create video subtitles in 10 minutes? We happened to find out that it is possible and am here to share our experience. And, we learnt how to create useful subtitles, in less than 10 minutes.

You are visiting to find out if there are easy ways to create captions/subtitles/translations for your videos. Of course, there are. 

It is done easily,  in fact, as easy as making video subtitles using notepad.

There are a couple of simple sub-title software, which you may use to select the portion of audio/video to create the sub-title, type in your translation in the box meant for it and then save the translated text; it is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Let us see them below.

Choosing the right subtitling software

Aegisub is a free video subtitle software that I used recently. It is so simple to use that you can begin your sub-titling work in less than 10 minutes. It is one of the easiest to use and best in the free category of sub-title software.

According to its web site, Aegisub is a free, cross-platform open source tool for creating and modifying subtitles. As I found out, it is definitely quick and easy to create subtitles in 10 minutes, perfectly synchronized to audio, using this simple and easy to use subtitle software.

Aegisub is available in Windows 32/64 and OS X Platforms

Free Aegisub is available in Windows (32/64 bit editions) and OS X platforms. This is the only video subtitle software you need.

But you may also consider another sub-title software Subtitle Edit, which too has received high ratings from its users.

Installing the sub-title software

I chose to install the portable edition of Aegisub. The portable version allows us to run the software from even a thumb-drive.

If you want to be able to start sub-titling in an instant, just connect the portable flash drive to a laptop and you are good to go.

It is as easy as that. 

Follow the instructions and install the video subtitling software.

Installing Aegisub

Note: You can leave the destination folder as it is, or if you want to keep your application portable, choose a common folder for all your portables.

I installed it in e:\portable\aegisub


Create a shortcut to the application

If you find that the Aegisub shortcut is missing from your desktop,

  • Open the folder where you installed Aegisub
  • Right click on the aegisubXX.exe file and create a Desktop shortcut 

Opening the sub-title software

Double click on the Aegisub icon to open the sub-title software.

Creating subtitles using Aegisub

Before we start creating the video subtitles, we need to open the source video file for the subtitles.

Click, Video, Open Video and choose your video file for creating subtitles.

The video file is open now and you are ready to create your subtitles.

The above picture is the Aegisub main screen. 1 is the selected Audio track, 2 is the button you click to play the selected audio, 3 is the box where you will type your subtitles, 4 is the button you click to save your sub-title, and 5 is the box where your saved subtitles are displayed.

The steps to create video subtitles in 10 minutes or less

Click and drag (from left [1] to right [2], see picture below) on the audio track to select the portion to create your subtitles. Please take care to select only a small portion, to make a small statement of one or two lines.

The purpose of our subtitles is to make it easier for the viewer. The viewer may not be able to follow the subtitles if there are too many lines or if they change too fast.

Now, click on button  [marked by arrow 3] to play the selected portion of the audio. Start typing your subtitles in the box below. After you have typed the subtitles for the selection, click on the Save button [see arrow 4 in the pic below]. 

The moment you click the save  button, it is saved and the next part of the audio is selected. 

Note: Right-click on the end point of the selected audio to extend or shorten the audio selection.

The different sub-title formats

There are different sub-title formats such as .srt, .sub and so on. After complete or partial sub-titling, you may want to test it.

Saving it in the required sub-title format

Use the Export Subtitles option and export it in a suitable format (popular formats are .srt and .sub) and save it.

Congratulations! You have just created your own sub-title file.

How do I name the sub-title file?

If you save the sub-title file in the same name as the video file, the subtitles will be detected and shown by the video player, automatically.

So, if you have only one sub-title file, it is better to name it by the video file.

However, note that sites such as Youtube will insist that the sub-title is named with the translation language such as -en for English and so on.

Creating video subtitles in 10 minutes, SOLVED.

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