Post Reply What is the best free Subtitling software?
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Posted 3/8/13 , edited 3/8/13
Hi there!
When I did my BA in translation, we had this class where the teacher used to be a professional subtitler for a TV/movie company. I asked her why were the subs for movies, etc. so "stupid"? By this I mean that most of the time, they are white fonts (without shadow) on white landscapes and such. We've all seen this. Austin Powers 3 has a perfect example/parody of this. So she told me she wasn't aware of the problem or of a solution. I was floored.

So, knowing how animé subs are amazing and most of the time made not by companies but by volunteer fans, I showed her stuff that blew her mind (Black Lagoon opening credits subs [which not only are colourful, extremely easy to read AND even contain explosions, fire and lightning following the song melody) and others). So she decided to make up a class to teach us about subtitles, and I was kind of, respectfully of course, leading the discussion. So anyways...

Now I want to make my own for my vlog. What is the best subtitles software around that you guys use/recommend? ...Because animé fans are the best subbers. Write that down in your résumés if you ever want to do that professionally.

Thank you for your help.
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Posted 3/8/13
You could try Aegisub, I do believe that it is the most popular.
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I've taken time going through most software's, but I've found most aren't very good, as they add the text right in the middle of the video. I use AVS4U Video Editor, as it has a really easy way of adding effective subtitles, however on the final piece it adds a watermark which spoils the video - unless you buy the full version... I personally wouldn't use a free software to do a subtitled piece, but either buy software or if it is too extortionate, maybe even find a crack. But as I say, my favourite program above all for subtitles is AVS4U, but i'm unsure as of it's full capabilities as I've not subbed many videos that needed really fancy text...~
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Thank you for your responses.
Well I don't need fancy text. I jsut assumed that some people were using this incredible software that I've never heard about. I'm okay with buying a sbtitling software if it's not too expensive, but I already have a video editing software that I'm okay with using (that I bought, but doesn't do subs). But of course, if there's a free solution, I'm listening.
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Aegisub looks amazing! I'll try it out. Thank you.
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Posted 3/8/13

beardfist wrote:
You could try Aegisub, I do believe that it is the most popular.

That's half of what I am going to be needing myself. The other half is the actual subtitles.

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