You’ve probably wondered how to make your own subtitles, but you didn’t know where to start. If this is the case, this article is for you! We will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating your own subtitles using the open source software known as Aegisub.
Method 1 Setting Up Aegisub
1. Set up the movie file on which you want to add subtitles before starting. The DVD must first be ripped before you can begin creating subtitles for it. Ensure that the movie file is saved in a permanent location, such as a folder that has been specifically created for it. In this article, we will be using the movie Transformers as our inspiration for the examples in the screenshots shown above.
2. Load the movie file into Aegisub by double-clicking it. Open Aegisub, then select Open Video from the Video menu… from the Video menu, select Open Video… Select your video file from your computer’s hard drive and click Open. In some cases, depending on the size and length of your video, this process could take quite some time.
Aegisub’s video display should be visible at the upper left corner of the screen once the video loading process has been completed.
3. Load the soundtrack from the video into your computer. Select Open Audio from Video from the Audio menu by selecting it from the Video menu. Using this method, Aegisub will automatically rip the audio from your video soundtrack and import it into the programme. It is possible that this process will take a long time depending on the size and length of your video once again.
After the audio loading process is complete, you should be able to see an audio waveform display to the upper right of the Aegisub window.
4. Save your changes. Click on the Save icon located in the toolbar, or simple press Ctrl+S to save your work.
Method 2 Creating the Subtitles
1. Type in the text. Under the audio waveform, there is a text box. Type the desired text in this box.
2. Select the location in the video where your text will appear. As you may have noticed, there are two frames in the audio window; one is red, and the other is blue, as you can see below. The colour red simply indicates when the text will appear, and the colour blue indicates where the text will come to a close. Holding down the left mouse button, drag the red frame to the beginning of the waveform, and then drag the blue frame to the end of the waveform to complete the transformation.
3. Make changes to the text’s appearance. Even if you don’t like how your subtitles are displayed on the video, you can always adjust them by selecting Styler Manager from the Video menu and changing the font size or colour of the subtitles.
4. Shift the text to the desired location on the page. Yes, you have the ability to move the subtitles wherever you want on the screen. To the left of the video, in the vertical toolbar at the top, select the second icon from the left. An empty square box will appear beneath the videos; simply drag and drop the subtitles to the location of your choice.
Method 3 Exporting the Subtitles
1. Export your subtitles. Under the File menu, click Export Subtitles…. Then select the four options in the Filters window. Then click Export….
2. Save your subtitles as a .srt file. SubRip is probably the most common subtitle format, so it would be a good idea to save it in that format. Give your subtitle a name, for example: Transformers_2007_720p.srt. Be sure to include the .srt extension in the file name.
3. Subtitles should be added to a video file. In this article, we’ll be utilising the VLC media player. Start by opening the movie file, then right-clicking the screen and selecting Add Subtitle File… from the Subtitles menu…. After that, navigate to the location of your subtitle and click OK.
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