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How to sync subtitles using Subtitle Edit

📅 2013-Feb-23 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ subtitle edit, subtitles, synchronization ⬩ 📚 Archive

Subtitle Edit is a useful tool to work with subtitles. One of the basic tasks you might want to perform is to repair a subtitles file that is out of sync with the video. The easiest way to do this in Subtitle Edit is by using its Visual Sync.

  1. Place the video file and its subtitle file in the same directory. Make sure the filename prefix of both the files are the same.
  2. Open the subtitles file in Subtitle Edit.
  3. Choose Synchronization > Visual Sync.
  4. Subtitle Edit shows a split screen with a video player in each. The video player in the first split is seeked to the first subtitle and that in the second split to the last subtitle.
  5. Now, play the video in a split a bit until someone speaks something. Pause it. Pick the subtitle from the dropdown below that matches what was spoken. Do the same with the second video player.
  6. Press Sync and let Subtitle Edit do the work of shifting forward, backward, squeezing or expanding the subtitles to match the video. Press Save and you are done.

Tried with: Subtitle Edit 3.3.1 and Windows 8 x64

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