Subtitle Workshop is a program that allows the creation of video subtitles, simply and quickly.
The subtitles are an important complement to many videos. Sometimes, even, become an essential element for the correct display of the video. The creation of subtitles may be more complex if we do not have the necessary tools, as we will need to synchronize the text of the subtitles to the video and avoid overlaps.
Subtitle Workshop is designed to facilitate the creation of subtitles. This is achieved thanks to the multitude of tools and utilities included. Thanks to this program we will be able to create subtitles from scratch, or import and correct subtitles that already exists.
The first thing we need to do is to load the video we want to caption. We will be able to load almost any video format: avi, asf, divx, mpg, mkv, vob, wmv and more. It should be noted that we can also upload audio files: mp3, wav, wmv, etc. In this way, if we have the audio track, we will be able to generate the subtitles without the need to load the video.
At the top of the screen we will see a preview of the video, which we take as a reference to insert subtitles.
Below the preview window, there are the control buttons. These buttons are used to insert and adjust the subtitles. The easiest way to insert subtitles is to use the keyboard shortcut. The process would be the following:
Click on “Play/Pause” button on the control bar. We can also use the shortcut “Ctrl+Space Bar”.
With the video running, when we want to insert the caption, click on the button “Start Subtitle”, or use the shortcut “Alt-Z”.
To mark the end of the subtitle click on the button “End Subtitle”, or press the key combination “Alt-X”.
We repeat steps 2 and 3 to insert all the subtitles that we want.
Now that we located the time and duration of the subtitles, we just need to write the caption text.
Finally, we will be able to manually adjust the start, end, and duration of the subtitles.
At any time we can make use of the tool “Information and Errors”, which offers a report of the errors that have been detected. These errors can be: subtitles too short, subtitles without text, captions that overlap with each other, subtitles with too many spaces, etc. In addition to displaying the report, the program is able to fix the errors semi-automatically. It is very convenient to make use of this tool to make sure that the subtitles will be displayed correctly.
We can format the basic subtitles: bold, underline, italics, and color. This format will be displayed in case the video player supports formatted subtitles.
Once we have created the subtitles, we will be able to export them to a multitude of different formats: Adobe Encore, Advanced Subtitles, Cavena, DVDSubtitle, FAB Subtitler, JACOSub, Karaoke Lytics, MAC DVD Studio Pro, MacSUB, MPlayer, SubRip, Ulead DVD Workshop, Youtube, etc.
The program usually shows an error in the installation. The error displayed is: "Error opening file for writing C:\Program Files\Subtitleworkshop\Subtitleworkshop.exe". If this error appears, we should not worry, as the installer works properly, the only thing we need to do is run the installer as administrator. To do this, we click with the right mouse button on the file “Subtitleworkshop.exe”, and choose the option “Run as Administrator”. In this way the program will be installed without any problem.
The program is free and is updated quite frequently, offering new features and fixing bugs in previous versions.