Welcome to Doom9's Forum, THE in-place to be for everyone interested in DVD conversion.

Before you start posting please read the forum rules. By posting to this forum you agree to abide by the rules.

 

Go Back   Doom9's Forum > General > Subtitles

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 27th August 2007, 14:39   #1  |  Link
jacquezzz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Swift: Binary subtitle format to DVD

I'm trying to attach binary subtitles, generated by the subtitling application Swift, to a DVD.

Swift's manufacturer Softel sells a seperate inserter application for this purpose, but it is ridiculously expensive ($8000+, seriously!). And since Swift can already export to BMP's, together with an ASCII timecode file, I figured maybe I could work a way around.

I was thinking about writing a script to convert the timecode file to another, more compatible format, (like SST, and convert the BMP's using photoshop droplets if necessary?) so we could burn DVD's using free or at least affordable software.

I've attached some example output generated by Swift (the TC file carries a .CG extension).

Any advice on which subtitle format I should convert to, and perhaps a description of that format, would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks!!
- Bram

(I work as a technician for a language university, we're on a tight budget, and Softel is too greedy.)
Attached Files
File Type: zip Subtitles roddy Janssens en Saeys.zip (162.6 KB, 28 views)

Last edited by jacquezzz; 28th August 2007 at 10:33.
jacquezzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st August 2007, 04:22   #2  |  Link
manono
Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 7,080
Hello, and welcome to the forum-

I don't know why you're spending a dime on this software, when it can be done more easily and at least as well for free.

There are lots of ways to create subs for DVD. I use SubStation Alpha. Others like AegisSub or SubtitleCreator. After I create the text-based SSA format subs, I use MaestroSBT to create either SON or SST format subs for the DVD.

It seems to me that first selling you some overpriced software for the BMP creation in a proprietary format which then requires an $8,000 program to complete the process to make subs useable by your authoring program is nothing short of robbery.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tools...=&orderby=Name

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tools...uthorfeatures=

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tools...uthorfeatures=

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tools...uthorfeatures=
manono is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st August 2007, 10:14   #3  |  Link
jacquezzz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Manono, thanks for your reply.
We're forced to use Swift because it's used by most TV stations and subtitling firms in Europe. I don't like it either, but apparently it has some advanced functionality that other software lacks. It's still robbery though.

Anyway, I've almost finished something that converts to .sup, so I could burn with dvdsupencode (for free!). If it works I'll post it here.
jacquezzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.