Subtitles have an important role when you are watching movies in foreign languages. However, have you ever thought about how to make subtitles for your own films or videos? Even more so for films that have no subtitles.
It turns out that anyone can make their own subtitles in their film or video. Because indeed the way to make it is very easy and you can even try it on a laptop or Android only.
Have you ever watched a video or film in a foreign language, but it turns out that the film doesn’t have your language subtitles in it?
Knowing How to Make Subtitles will definitely help you a little to provide subtitles to the film/video you want. Here’s how you can try to make subtitles.
How to make subtitles on a laptop / PC
There are 2 ways to make movie subtitles that you usually try on your computer or laptop. The first is that you can create your own sub without software, then the second is with the help of software.
For more details, you can read the following explanation below.
Notepad is the default Windows application, so every computer or laptop must have this notepad application. Notepad can also be used as a video subtitle maker.
How to? Here are the steps for making subtitles:
- Open the notepad and then type the number 1 in the first line.
- Press Enter to create a new line.
- Below that enter the time the subtitle starts and ends in hours: minutes: seconds, milliseconds. For example: 00: 00: 30,000
- Hit Enter for a new line and enter the subtitles just below the time format.
- Repeat in sequence to continue with the next subtitles.
Note: To make it easier and more accurate, please type the subtitles by watching the film or video too. Also, provide a distance of one line of separation for continued subtitles to make it tidier.
After you have successfully made your own subtitles using the notepad method above, save the file in .srt form and UTF-8 encoding. You can directly enter the subtitles that you made into the video by sliding it or changing the subtitle name.
The next way to make your own subtitles for movies and videos is to use the help of the aegisub software. Unlike the notepad, this application is able to provide subtitle effects such as color and font shape easily.
This application you can use for free and is quite light to use on a laptop. There you can choose the font, color, size, layout of the subtitles that you will create. This application also provides a preview so you will not experience errors in the process of making subtitles.
If you want to try aegisub as a subtitle maker for your film or video, here’s how to make your own subtitles using Aegisub:
Open the Aegisub software then click the Video menu> Open Video. Then select the video that you want to make the subtitles for.
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Don’t forget to include the audio from the video to make subtitles easier. Simply click on the Audio menu> Open Audio from Video.
Setting Up Display
Next is where you can adjust the display color, size, font style of the subtitles. You can adjust the subtitles freely, but make sure they are more comfortable to read.
Simply click on the subtitle menu and select the Styles Manager. There you will see options to easily adjust the font display.
The next step is to type the subtitles for your video. To enter subtitles, simply go to the Audio box menu.
To display two lines of text in one subtitle, you must enter \ N as a subtitle line separator. When done, press Enter or the Commit button to save it immediately.
Make sure you adjust the subtitle position correctly. The comfort in reading the subtitles in the film or video is an important point.
The last stage is of course you have to save the final result of making your own subtitles. The method is quite easy, just click the File menu> Save Subtitle or immediately press CTRL + S on the keyboard.
The subtitle format produced by aegisub can be used for any video media player. You can even include the subtitles of the aegisub results in the video on YouTube.
How to Make Subtitles on Android
Generally, people make their own Indonesian subtitles using a computer/laptop. But it turns out that there are applications for Android phones that you can use as a way to make subtitles too.
This application is powerful enough to make subtitles in your video or film. In addition, this application can also change bad subtitles to match the video.
Here’s how to make your own subtitles on an Android phone:
- Install the Easy Subtitles application via Playstore.
- Open the application that you have installed.
- Enter the video you want to edit or add subtitles.
- You can immediately adjust the subtitles to your liking.
How to Translate Foreign Language Subtitles
After you know how to make your own subtitles for your video or film, next is how to translate subtitles from a foreign language.
Have you ever searched for subtitles for a film, but only subtitles are available for English or other foreign languages? You can use Google Translate’s feature to easily translate subtitles from multiple languages.
Follow these steps below:
- Look for subtitles in foreign languages first.
- Open the subtitle file using notepad.
- Copy all the text contents in the subtitle.
- Translate the text in Google Translate in your language.
- Create a new notepad file then copy and paste the translation results.
- Save in .srt format and UTF-8 encoding.
Thus the article on how to make a movie and video subtitles yourself using notepad, aegisub, and applications on an android phone. You can choose which method is the easiest for you.
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The most important thing is to make sure you make movie subtitles in good language and ideal text placement so that you get comfortable when watching movies or videos.