[Windows] Easily edit, sync, and convert subtitles for your movies with Subtitle Edit

Subtitle EditHave you been looking for a program that can help you edit the start time of a subtitle if it is not already synched with your movie? Well, if you have, Subtitle Edit may be just what you are looking for. However, it goes beyond that. It also lets you convert between 150 different subtitle formats and even open subtitles that have already been embedded into movies.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Subtitle Edit is a free program that allows you to edit video subtitles. It not only allows you to adjust subtitles if they are out of sync with your video, but it also allows you to convert subtitles to different formats and rip subtitles from a DVD.

Pros

  • Adjust out of sync subtitles for movies
  • Convert subtitles between 150 different formats
  • Allows you to visually sync or adjust subtitles (using the start and end position)
  • Auto translates subtitles for you using Google translate
  • Ability to rip subtitles from a DVD
  • Allows you to open subtitles that have been embedded in MP4, MV4, Divx, AVI, Matroska, and other file formats
  • Spell check subtitles
  • Remove text from a video
  • Compare subtitles side by side
  • Completely portable

Cons

  • People who are new to messing with subtitles may be overwhelmed with all of the options you are given

Discussion

Subtitle Edit ScreenshotThere is a lot to love about Subtitle Edit. When I first came across this program, I assumed it was just another subtitle editor. However, it went above and beyond my expectations. Although all of the different options can sometimes make editing subtitles seem more complicated than it should be, the program is perfect for advanced users.

Really, there is not much this program can’t do when it comes to subtitles. You can of course adjust out of sync subtitles, start and stop points, and the display time. However, the program goes far beyond the basic features you will find in most subtitle editors.

For example, the program allows you to convert subtitles to 150 different formats. This is prefect for people who like working with a certain format. The program even help you convert subtitles using Google translate. Of course, the translations are not perfect, but good enough to get the ball rolling. It even comes with a spell checker to check all of the text for misspelled words. This is helpful when making your own subtitles.

You can even use Subtitle Edit to rip subtitles from video files or DVDs. For example, if you have a video that has subtitles embedded in it, you can use Subtitle Edit to remove these subtitles without damaging the video itself.

One of my favorite features turned out to be the ability to compare subtitles side by side. This allowed me to see which style of subtitles I liked best. Maybe the color or font on one of them is hard to read. Now I can compare it to another style to see which one I like best. This is perfect for people who like downloading fan translations.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Despite the fact that all of the options can be a bit overwhelming at times, Subtitle Edit is a quality subtitle editor. The program works great, it is lightweight and, to top it all off, it is completely portable. This is the perfect subtitle editor for people who like adjusting subtitles to their liking. The program is free and doesn’t take up a lot of room. At the very least, it is worthy of a try.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.3.1

Supported OS: Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista

Download size: 3.94MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46

Is it portable? Yes

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  • AT

    @Nikse: No problem. You have made a very complete subtitling package. Keep up the excellent work.

  • @AT: Ah… drag’n’drop will work with large bluray sup files in SE 3.3.2 – thx for the info :)

  • AT

    @Nikse: Thanks for the tip. I was doing a drag and drop when I should have imported the sup file. Now I know better. Cheers.

  • @AT: Thx! There should not be any 2mb limit… except in the command line, but the command line will not do ocr.

  • AT

    @Nikse: Thanks. I got it to resize. .Sup files bigger than 2mb are still too big for the current version to handle. OCR is working well. Image based .sub files are working well.

    Nice work. I like the improvements.

  • Thx for the review :)

    Also, do try the waveform + check the custom shortcuts in options -> settings -> shortcuts.

    @AT: You can resize the ocr image window when working with blu-ray images… it will keep the size.

  • AT

    I use an earlier build of this program (version 3.2.8 rev.1220) to add subtitles to movies so my parents can watch English language movies. Non ASCII characters are supported. Includes an OCR.

    I’m not sure if this has been fixed yet but the version I use, image based subtitles ripped from bluray sources exceed the image space provided by the software when in OCR mode.

    Syncing of subtitles to video maybe confusing. You need to select a subtitle entry and watch the video to mark the point that subtitle starts. Then in the other video window, you do the same thing with the ending subtitle. Sometimes you need to do a mid video sync as downloaded subtitles are notoriously out of sync. Video support used by syncing module is limited so video might need to be converted into a usable format before syncing can done.

    When I get some time, I’ll have to give this current version a go.