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Make Subtitles (.srt file) in text editor

October 23, 2013

Its late night, was just trying out silly stuff, and I don’t know what made me do this..
but I spent 15 odd minutes into this!

Yes there are some softwares with very attractive GUIs and most importantly, that are user-friendly. But the most primitive way to create a subtitle file (.srt file) is quite easy (although boring). Please DO NOT fall a prey to this post and go on to create subtitles for a 90-mins movie… No please STAY SAFE, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME 😛

Firstly, there’s a chance you might see a similar post elsewhere, but nobaady’s gonna tell you this:
This thing doesn’t seem to work for avi files :/

So just record a video and say whatever you want to. Now make sure you’ve saved the video as an mp4 !!! Once you have the video, simply open up any text editor (I used gedit). Mentioned below is the standard syntax for an srt file:

subtitle_number
start_time --> end_time
subtitle_text
empty_line

The format of start_time & end_time is:

hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds

You could download my video (mp4) and srt file, play around with the srt file to try out how it works. Its child’s stuff. My video can be downloaded from YouTube, I’ve also shared it below:

My srt file looks something like this (be careful with the ‘periods’ and ‘commas’):

1
00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,000
Hi...

2
00:00:02,200 --> 00:00:04,000
My name's Rohit...

3
00:00:04,800 --> 00:00:06,800
Yeah this is really silly,

4
00:00:07,000 --> 00:00:08,300
(Chuckles)

5
00:00:08,500 --> 00:00:11,000
Yeah I just wanted to try this out.
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