How to see subtitles on video in Subtitle Workshop
Thread poster: Diego Tronca

Diego Tronca  Identity Verified
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Jul 18, 2008

Hello subtitling people,

I'm starting to use Subtitling Workshop and I'd like to work on an .stl file, but I can't seem to be able to see the subs on the video while i'm working.
Also, I'd like to link the video too the subs, so that when I change subtitle, I can see the frame related to it (like you would do in Swift or GTS).
I've checked the SW manual, but no clues (at least for novices like me!).

Can anybody help?
Maybe with a "How to see subtitles on video in Subtitle Workshop" for dummies...

Diego Tronca


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Some tips Jul 18, 2008

Ciao, Diego,

Subtitle Workshop is the best program for beginners in subtitling, but it certainly has its shortcomings. I'm almost sure that its creator never expected so much success. As it is freeware, there is no money-driven continuous improvement, and no urge to outperform 'competition'.

The bottom-line is that v2.51 is perfectly adequate, even for most professional jobs, if one knows how to do the eventual tweaking on the output file, either with Windows Notepad, or with audio-only SubStation Alpha. There is also the chance to use it just for translation and spotting, and thereafter do all the fancy stuff in e.g. Adobe Encore or Ulead DVD Workshop.

Urusoft released a (beta) v4, supposedly re-written from scratch. I tried it and got the impression that some of the v2.51 features still have to be developed and implemented there.

Okay, let's deal with your questions, assuming v2.51.

SW does not display subs in real time like some other programs. After you have saved your subs file, you can watch the subtitled video, but not the way it will come out. The reason is that you may have totally different settings for Settings | Video Preview | Subtitles and Settings | Output settings.

To go to the starting frame of any sub, all you have to do is to double-click on it (in the time columns, not the text one), if you have set it so in Settings | Video preview | Double click in a subtitle. Other options are available.



Diego Tronca  Identity Verified
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What about Ulead DVD Workshop... Jul 18, 2008

Ciao José,

Thanks for your answer.
I've been working for a while as a subtitler (actually, as a translator of already time coded subs), and I've always used Swift. Now that I have to give it back to the company that lent it to me, I was wondering if there was any kind of sofwtare that displayed subs in real time (it's all I need it for, no time coding for now).
What about ULEAD DVD Workshop?

I can get it easily and it doesn't cost much, not as much as Swift or Wincaps.


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