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Subtitle Edit


Subtitle Edit is a free editor for video subtitles - a subtitle editor. With SE you can easily adjust a subtitle if it is out of sync with the video and much more. Visually sync/adjust a subtitle (start/end position and speed). Import Blu-ray SUP titles or VobSub sub/idx binary subtitles and OCR to text srt subtitles. SUP to SRT, SUB to SRT. DVD to SRT. Requires Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.0 or later.

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File size:5.6MB
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3.4.13 (June 12, 2016)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

3.4.13 (12th June 2016)
* NEW:
* Breton translation - thx Wanibzh29
* Added new subtitle formats - thx Oli/Mauricio/Leandro
* It's now possible to use "video offset" via "Video" menu
* Added support for spu/png OCR - thx claunia
* Updated Finnish translation - thx Teijo S.
* Updated Korean translation - thx domddol
* Updated Portuguese translation - thx moob
* Updated Polish translation - thx admas
* Updated Russion translation - thx Elheym
* Some updates for format "sif"
* Some updates for format "Cavena 890" - thx Elad
* Ctrl+Backspace in text box works better with html tags - thx xylographe
* Drag'n'drop to subtitle list now supports ifo/vob/mp4/mks (with subs) - thx Budman
* Some improvements to cmd line (mostly multiplereplace) - thx xylographe
* Some minor improvements for OCR via "Binary image compare"
* Fix updating of main list view after "Remove text for HI" + "Apply" - thx Henry
* Spell check "Change" / "Change all" issue regarding brackets/dash - thx jc
* Fixed issue where current frame rate was lost when loading new sub - thx Elad
* Remove bad chars when saving TTML 1.0
* Minor fix for "Toggle dashes" inside italic tag - thx Bryan
* Sometimes Dutch was detected as English
* Fixed bug regarding double line italic in format "iTunes Timed Text" - thx Ajax
* Set video position after "Reopen" - thx vmb
* Fix for border size in vobsub export via cmd line - thx S_E_New
* Adjust duration fixed for last subtitle - thx mariner
* Read more variations of "S_DVBSUB" from mkv files - thx dreammday
* Fixed some "Remove text for HI" issues - thx Thunderbolt8
* Fixed "Remove text for HI" issue - thx Andrew
* Fixed "Add missing spaces" issue - thx Andrew
* Fixed possible crash in spell check - thx Andrew
* "Fix short display time" is improved even if chars/sec still high - thx Frédéric
* Fixed possible crash when loading subtitle from command line - thx Félix
* Fixed showing correct language when opening dvd multi lang sub - thx xylographe
* Fixed validation of shortcuts in settings window - thx marb99/xylographe
* Fixed bug when converting ttml to ass - thx SwK
* Fixed broken link to German dictionary - thx be-sc
* Fixed crash in OCR when changing "Use color" - thx kurosu
* Fixed end-time for (some) TS files - thx kurosu
* Allow adding one letter words to spell check lists - thx Alexandra
* Fixed spell check+angled quotes - thx claunia
* Fixed reading of vertical alignment in (some) pac files - thx Ingo
* Fixed Matroska command line convert bug - thx KristjanLaane/xylographe
* Fixed reading UTF-32
* Support for "’" in scc - thx Mayte
* Fixed support for more characters in Cavena 890 - thx boriseetgerink
* Fixed rounding bug in EBU time codes - thx Alessandra
* Fixed crash when using MPC-HC - thx ramon18
* + Many minor fixes from ivandrofly and xylographe
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All features / Full description

* Visually sync/adjust a subtitle (start/end position and speed).
* Create/add subtitle lines
* Translation helper (for manual translation)
* Convert between SubRib, MicroDVD, Substation Alpha, SAMI, and more
* Import VobSub sub/idx binary subtitles (code is ripped from Subtitle Creator by Erik Vullings/Manusse)
* Can read and write UTF-8 and other unicode files (besides ANSI)
* Show texts earlier/later
* Merge/split
* Adjust display time
* Fix common errors wizard
* Remove text for hear impaired
* Renumbering
* Swedish to danish translation built-in (via Multi Translator Online)
* Google translation built-in
* Spell checking via Open Office dictionaries/NHunspell (many dictionaries available)
* Effects: Typewriter and karoake
* Can open subtitles embedded inside matroska files
* History/undo manager

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Guides and How to's

How to sync a subtitle using Subtitle Edit - Read
Using Handbrake to Burn in Subtitles from MKV to MP4 - Read
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The best subtitles editor I'm aware about (and I have tested lots of them along the years). Worth the effort to learn how to use the many options provided.

To be almost 'perfect', I miss:

1) An additional feature to append subtitles which need recalculating the starting point of the second and following parts. For example, to create a single movie subtitle from several CD's in just one go. Currently, my methodology to accomplish this task is using MKVMerge where it's only needed to append them using one button. As the reference subtitle editor, I think SubtitleEdit should include a similar functionality.

2) A synchronization factor Value/Report. Would be extremely useful to synchronize audio on external applications.
Example: After fine synchronization of the subtitles to match the target video (using the different tools like Point Synch or whatever), I'd wish to know what % or the fractional value has been applied. That value would be unvaluable to stretch and apply the same delays to the audio as well in an audio editor like Audacity (See change speed filter).


Posted August 04, 2015 by Unoentremil. Tool version 3.44 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

@ Evil Dad: Did you ask Nikse about that issue already? He might have some advice or a workaround for you. He's providing support via email, also his blog is open for comments/questions.

He's usually pretty fast replying AFAIK, don't know how he pulls it off, prolly several clones involved :)

Posted August 03, 2015 by tuco76. Tool version 3.4.8 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Excellent tool. It can be helpful to improve the split subtitle functionality.

Posted August 01, 2015 by Manusimon. Tool version 3.4.7 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Too bad version 3.4 and up requires .NET Framework 4.0 as previous versions with .NET Framework 2.0 are running at least 10 times faster on my machine.

Posted July 14, 2015 by Evil Dad. Tool version 3.3.15 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Indeed the best, by far, must have IMO. Only thing I found easier to do with Subtitle Workshop is joining subs which need recalculating, it's just 3-4 mouse clicks in SW. Might be doable just as quick in SE and I just don't get it ;)

Anyway big thanks and kudos @ nikse (and all supporters) for this excellent tool, you guys rock!

Posted July 10, 2015 by tuco76. Tool version 3.4.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

The very best by far, and by far i mean FARRRRRRRRR !

Posted March 13, 2015 by Bobbo. Tool version 2.5.4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

An essential tool for subtitle editing.

Posted July 13, 2014 by TGB. Tool version 3.4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Great software. works file with Unicode fonts (Sinhalese)

Posted November 30, 2013 by eagletdw. Tool version 3.3.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I work with subtitles a lot because I'm hard of hearing and this is the best subtitle editor on the market. It is absolutely fantastic. I been using for years.

Syncing subs to voice and frame rate is accurate down to the millisecond and easily done, with of without the Visual Sync feature. You don't even have to sync the whole sub if you don't want to, it gives you the ability to sync only those parts that are out of sync without affecting the rest. Usually when I come across an out of sync subtitle I simply wait for the first spoken word in the video, write down the precise time, and go into Subtitle Edit and select Synchronization > Adjust all times show earlier or later, find the line of the first spoken word and set the subtitles time to start there and move all the rest of the subtitles accordingly and check that the frame rates match. Easy.

Editing and adding lines is straightforward, for example, translating foreign language parts into English, (it has a great auto-translate feature) and replacing them. There are some movies where the actors are speaking a foreign language in some parts but don't show the English subs for it and it's annoying not knowing what they're talking about. I used Subtitle Edit to create English subs for the Italian language miniseries Il Capo Dei Capi and it came out quite good.

Subtitle Edit can also convert from one sub format to many others, useful for if your media player doesn't accept, say Advanced SubStation Alpha (ASS) subtitles, you can easily convert it to SRT or whatnot.

Nikolaj Lynge Olsson the talented developer of Subtitle Edit frequently updates the program, and unlike other developers, his updates always improve the program, not screw it up.

I really appreciate that he freely shares this program with everybody. When I get my Christmas money I plan on making a donation to the developer for this gem of an app.

Posted November 12, 2013 by Peppino. Tool version 3.3.9 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

works extremely well at many things for subtitles.

when i requested awhile ago that some things be fixed and added, they were attended to extremely quickly.

If I had money I would love to donate toward this project. It surely deserves it better than many paid programs.

Posted June 30, 2013 by djmasturbeat. Tool version 3.3.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Looks pretty good, but has quite a bunch of practically unusable stuff that could have been lots better. Like the horrible default Video-player, correcting tools which aren't configurable at all, and a lot of other worthless stuff.

If only Subtitle Workshop was still being developed, it was so much more clever & configurable, but unfortunately does not handle UTF-8 files correctly.

Posted May 18, 2013 by cobalt. Tool version 3.3.4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

Great tool!!!

Never had such an easy process from installing to get .srt file!!!

Posted April 21, 2013 by afrocuban01. Tool version 3.3.4 (April 09, 2013) using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Nice tool that gets better all the time!

Posted September 30, 2012 by rapunzel. Tool version 3.2.8 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Very easy to use for fixing subs except for one bug i found,if you load in a srt with no spacing between the time codes it will delete all the lines that are not spaced.

Posted July 27, 2012 by johns0. Tool version 3.2.8 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

English OCR works well. Managed to OCR entire SUB file with only minor corrections in words needed. Less then a minute needed to adjust subtitles that were off by a few seconds. Creating subtitles is tedious, but simple enough to do. Appending subtitles (joining) was slightly complicated, however worked. You can use this to save subs as different formats. The interface was confusing for the first few runs, and I suggest becoming comfortable with what everything does. Overall, this deserves a '9'.

Posted May 23, 2011 by khl. Tool version 3.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Really good tool. Works perfectly.
Undo function is good really.
English OCR is excellent.
Thanks to the author

Posted March 20, 2011 by Earthman. Tool version 3.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

man this 3.1 version is awesome !

Posted March 03, 2011 by temp1. Tool version 3.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

In this mmoment, this is by far THE BEST subtitle editor! Very thanks to the author!

Posted March 02, 2011 by nicksson. Tool version 3.1 RC3 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Major improvement on UI since 2.x. Now you can actually adjust sync with video, same as with every other tool. Previously you'd have to close the video preview window to adjust timings.

Only sub editor I know of that can handle unicode. Now with less suck.

Still some bad/awkward ui design like the video goes below subs, not next to them (most displays are widescreen) but starting to be usable.

Posted November 15, 2010 by Barleyman_. Tool version 3.0 RC4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

- Unicode support
- Can rip from sub files
- Nice spell-checker

- Can't join/split subtitles
- Lacks of basic timing options available in Subtitle Workshop like expander/reducer and duration limit
- No framerate convertion?
- No undo buton/list in toolbar, neither crl+z hotkey

Nice program but it's weak where SW is strong and viceversa :(

Posted November 03, 2010 by TGB. Tool version 3.0 RC4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

I love this thing for sub to srt, it works really nice almost better than SubRip

Posted August 07, 2010 by craigarta. Tool version 2.9.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

To the earlier poster,if you look on the front of the menu you will see adjust all times with show earlier and show later,that's your shift.I use the program all the time with the newest version to stretch and fix errors and works great.

Posted July 26, 2010 by johns0. Tool version 2.9.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Downloaded this to do one thing and one thing only: to shift selected dialogs a few seconds forward. It can be done easily with most subtitle softwares. Subtitle Workshop can, with ease. So does Aegisub. Subtitle Edit, although look simple and much more polished than the two, frankly just baffles me. There is no SHIFT function.

Posted July 26, 2010 by windows 7 user. Tool version 2.92 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

This is something new and unusual.
An open source subtitle tool, that has already got a couple of novelties implemented.
Worth to check out if you work with subtitles a lot.
I've reported a couple of minor bugs, but it seems that this tool is a promising one.
I hope that more programmers will co-operate with the author.
Thank you, Mr. Olsson.

Posted October 26, 2009 by Jeremiah58. Tool version 2.8.2. using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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