José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:
First of all, even if you have the most powerful machine around, it always takes longer than you'd believe to do anything. There is nothing quick in producing DVDs
There are two ways to subtitle a DVD:
a) burn the subtitles onto the image, like VHS or film. You'll have only one set of subtitles, won't be able to turn them off, but they will be as sharp and neat as it gets.
b) create selectable overlay files (AFAIK up to 32 different ones per DVD + none), which will probably be in lower resolution, in order not to compromise disk capacity too much.
Option (a) usually involves converting VOB files to AVI. Qualitywise, the best way to do it is with the freeware AVI.NET, from http://www.clonead.co.uk
. As they say there:
There are many commercial programs available to allow you to convert a DVD to an AVI, though I will make quite a bold statement, you will not find any commercial program to convert a DVD to an AVI that gives you 'better' quality than that of the many freely available alternatives.
With an AVI, you can still get option (b) for up to 3 languages (and 3 audio tracks - dubbing) with the freeware AVI2DVD from http://www.trustfm.net/divx/SoftwareAvi2Dvd.html
. This will generate a finished DVD.
But if you want really great results with option (a), use VirtualDub with its Subtitler plugin from http://www.virtualdub.org
, another freeware. This will generate a subtitled AVI, which will require something like DVDStyler, another freeware from http://www.dvdstyler.de
.(I haven't tested this one yet. Seems good.)
However if you want to go straight from VOBs to option (b), you'll have to use commercial software like Ulead's DVD Movie Factory or
DVD Workshop. Check their features at http://www.ulead.com
. They are quite different! I'm not sure Movie Factory handles VOBs.
In any case, the subtitle files you generate with Subtitle Workshop will serve all these and many others. Just make sure to save them in the proper format. (If you don't, just open them again with SW and save them correctly.)