Subtitle Edit is a free (open source) editor for video subtitles - a subtitle editor :)
With SE you can easily adjust a subtitle if it is out of sync with the video in several different ways.
You can also use SE for making new subtitles from scratch (do use the time-line/waveform/spectrogram) or translating subtitles.
For a list of features see below or check out the Subtitle Edit Help page.
On my blog you can download latest beta version and read about/discuss new features.
Also, you can watch a few videos about installing and using Subtitle Edit.
Dny238 has written a nice tutorial about Syncing Subtitles with Subtitle Edit :)
A Subtitle Edit dll (Subtitle Edit Light Library) is available for programmers (LGPL licence). Initially created and used by Sublight (a free Windows application for searching and downloading movie subtitles).
Download latest version of Subtitle Edit
For Windows XP users: SE requires Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 or newer.
Get the full C# source code - GPL or LGPL license
Blu-ray sup reading code is under the Apache License and Matroska subtitle parsing uses zlib code with a BDS style license.
- Create/adjust/sync/translate subtitle lines
- Convert between SubRib, MicroDVD, Advanced Sub Station Alpha, Sub Station Alpha, D-Cinema, SAMI, youtube sbv, and many more (150+ different formats!)
- Cool audio visualizer control - can display wave form and/or spectrogram
- Video player uses DirectShow, VLC media player, or MPlayer
- Visually sync/adjust a subtitle (start/end position and speed)
- Auto Translation via Google translate
- Rip subtitles from a (decrypted) dvd
- Import and OCR VobSub sub/idx binary subtitles (can use Tesseract)
- Import and OCR Blu-ray .sup files (can use Tesseract - bd sup reading is based on Java code from BDSup2Sub by 0xdeadbeef)
- Can open subtitles embedded inside matroska files
- Can open subtitles (text, closed captions, vobsub) embedded inside mp4/mv4 files
- Can open/OCR XSub subtitles embedded inside divx/avi files
- Can read and write both UTF-8 and other unicode files and ANSI (support for all languages/encodings on the pc!)
- Sync: Show texts earlier/later + point synchronization + synchronization via other subtitle
- Merge/split subtitles
- Adjust display time
- Fix common errors wizard
- Spell checking via Open Office dictionaries/NHunspell (many dictionaries available)
- Remove text for hear impaired (HI)
- Swedish to Danish translation built-in (via Multi Translator Online)
- Effects: Typewriter and karaoke
- History/undo manager (Undo=Ctrl+z, Redo=Ctrl+y)
- Compare subtitles
- Multiple search and replace
- Change casing using names dictionary
- Merge short lines/split long lines
- Export to PNG images (+bdn xml), Adobe Encore FAB image script, VobSub, Blu-ray sup, EBU stl, PAC, and plain text
Subtitle Edit is available in the following languages:
- Argentina (thx Marcelo1ar)
- Basque (thx Xabier Aramendi)
- Brazilian Portuguese (thx Igor Rückert)
- Bulgarian (thx Ivo Ivanov)
- Catalan (thx Juansa)
- Chinese (Simplified) - Thx FeiXJ
- Croatian (thx Jozo Marić)
- Czech (thx Trottel)
- Dutch (thx Quetsbeek + minouhse)
- Finnish (thx Veikko)
- French (thx JM GBT)
- German (thx Christoph Kitsche)
- Greek (thx Menes)
- Italian (thx Johnny B. Goode)
- Japanese (thx Nardog)
- Korean (thx domddol)
- Polish (thx admas)
- Portuguese (thx moob)
- Romanian (thx dr. Jackson)
- Russian (thx Leserg)
- Swedish (thx Ted)
- Turkish (thx Çağdaş)
Read more about how to translate Subtitle Edit
Subtitle Edit can read, write, and convert between more than 140 subtitle formats, like:
Subtitle Edit can also convert subtitles via command line (text formats only)
- SubRip (*.srt)
- ABC iView
- Adobe Encore
- Advanced Sub Station Alpha
- CapMaker Plus (*.cap, binary)
- Cavena890 (*.890, binary)
- Cheetah Caption (*.cap, binary)
- D-Cinema (Cinecanvas, both interop and smpte)
- Dvd Studio Pro
- Dvd Subtitle
- EBU Subtitling data exchange format (*.stl, binary)
- F4 (several variations)
- Flash xml
- PAC (*.pac, binary)
- Pinnacle Impression
- QuickTime Text
- RealTime Text
- Sony DVD Architect
- Sub Station Alpha
- SubViewer 1.0
- SubViewer 2.0
- Sami (*.smi)
- Son (*.son, import only)
- Subtitle Editor Project
- Timed Text 1.0 (*.xml), also know as TTML
- Timed Text Draft (*.xml)
- Ulead Subtitle Format
- Ultech (*.cap, binary, only read)
- YouTube Annotations
- YouTube Sbv
- Zero G
- VobSub (*.sub/*.idx, binary - can also be read from Matroska/mp4 files)
- DVD Vob (*.vob, binary, read only)
- Blu-ray sup (*.sup, binary, can also be read from Matroska files)
- Bdn xml (*.xml + png images, read+write)
- + several formats of unknown name
Subtitle Edit main window
Main window with wave form and video player
Subtitle list view right-click menu
In Visual Sync you match one of the first subtitles with correct scene, and one
of the last subtitles with correct scene - and press Sync! Now subtitle and movie
Subtitle Edit has been awarded with these awards:
How to display subtitles
To display subtitles in video files you can use a video player with subtitle support or use
DirectVobSub. Install DirectVobSub and name the subtitle file the same as the video
file (not the extension). Now subtitles will appear in Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic etc.!
Recommended media players (and also free)
|Media Player Classic - Home cinema
||Very well working, up-to-date player with simple interface - bloatware free.
Has internal subtitle viewer that works very well.
|VLC media player
||Probably the most versatile player around - plays about anything with bits from anywhere ;)
Has internal subtitle viewer (from version 1.1.0 VLC no longer ignores SubRip <b> (bold) and <i> (italic) formatting).
Problems with Visual sync/codecs?
From version 2.9.2 Subtitle Edit can use VLC media player inside SE instead of DirectShow - go to Options -> Settings -> Video player.
Often problems with the DirectShow video player in Subtitle Edit are caused by bad/conflicting/missing/old codecs (Codec packs are EVIL!).
My recommendation is to uninstall all codec packs (incl. K-lite), reboot, and then install LAV Filters - DirectShow Media Splitter and Decoders.
Note that SE is a 32-bit application (unless you have specifically found a 64-bit version) and hence requires 32-bit codecs - even on win7 64-bit
If you have problems with a specific format/file try reading more about MediaInfo.