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I’ve been reading through pages looking for a translation in Pampango (Kapampangan) and I discovered this site. Click here


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May 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Subtitle Delay Solution

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A week ago, we experienced something a bit disturbing in the area of subtitling. We all asked ourselves, why is there a 1 second delay on our subtitling project?

We gathered and consulted the technical team and tried to resolve the issue at once. Everything was reviewed and considered by our team, including the materials used for the whole project.

The problem? Well it’s a bit complicated yet simple in a way. We discovered an anomaly concerning file conversion.

The files used to spot the project is from a WMV format converted to a VCD format. While the final DVD video is not converted from the smaller file.

It is suitable to convert from DVD to VCD and use the same converted file for the whole project.

There are other causes to these delays which I plan to discuss one by one. 

Feel free to comment and share you experience so we can exchange ideas and techniques.

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June 11, 2010 at 11:35 PM

How to Save Your Translation on Subtitle Workshop

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I’ve received a comment asking “every five minutes I get an error mistake saying the programm will get closed… and it does. what’s wrong?”

If you’re experiencing the same problems, just post your comments on this LINK

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June 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Code of Good Subtitling Practice – Part 2

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11) Given the fact that many TV viewers are hearing-impaired, “superfluous” information, such as names, interjections from the off, etc., should also be subtitled.

12) Songs must be subtitled where relevant.

13) Obvious repetition of names and common comprehensible phrases need not always be subtitled.

14) The in- and out-times of subtitles must follow the speech rhythm of the film dialogue, taking cuts and sound bridges into consideration.

15) Language distribution within and over subtitles must consider cuts and sound bridges; the subtitles must underline surprise or suspense and in no way undermine it.

16) The duration of all subtitles within a production must adhere to a regular viewer reading rhythm.

17) Spotting must reflect the rhythm of the film.

18) No subtitle should appear for less than one second or, with the exception of songs, stay on the screen for longer than seven seconds.

19) The number of lines in any subtitle must be limited to two.

20) Wherever two lines of unequal length are used, the upper line should preferably be shorter to keep as much of the image free as possible and in left-justified subtitles in order to reduce unnecessary eye movement.


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February 9, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Code of Good Subtitling Practice

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On this post, I will be giving 10 tips on good subtitling practice. Everyone is free to share their ideas and comment.

1) Subtitlers must always work with a (video, DVD, etc.) copy of the production and if possible, should have a copy of the dialogue list and a glossary of unusual words, names and special references. 

2) It is the subtitler’s job to spot the production and translate and write the subtitles in the (foreign) language required.

3) Translation quality must be high with due consideration of all idiomatic and cultural nuances.

4) Straightforward semantic units must be used.

5) Where compression of dialogue is necessary, the results must be coherent.

6) Subtitle text must be distributed from line to line and page to page in sense blocks and/or grammatical units.

7) As far as possible, each subtitle should be semantically self-contained.

8) The language register must be appropriate and correspond with the spoken word.

9) The language should be (grammatically) “correct” since subtitles serve as a model for literacy.

10) All important written information in the images (signs, notices, etc.) should be translated and incorporated wherever possible.

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February 3, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Exciting Way to Check for Errors

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Proofreading need not always be terrifying. It’s a chance to improve your skills and develop a positive attitude.

In the office, we’ve made proofreading more exciting by compiling a list of common errors.

We then use it for future reference and make a good laugh out of unique ones like Incredible Huck instead of Incredible Hulk and yolk instead of yoke.

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January 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM

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Be Careful With File Conversion

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ColorBarsVideo file formats can also be a big problem in subtitling. In some cases, if you have a .WMV file and you try to convert it to .MPEG1, chances are the audio will be delayed.

I’m not an expert on video, but converting a lower file format to a higher format can be risky. I am speaking out of experience here. It’s like trying to stretch a 1×1 ID picture into a 10×10 portrait. Imagine the result.

Another thing is when it comes to spotting and translation, the audio doesn’t match the video. It makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s like video streaming quality.

If you experience video conversion errors, try restarting your PC. If it doesn’t work, and the problem is still there, then try converting your files on another PC. You can easily isolate the problem by doing so.

It’s safer to convert from a higher format to a lower one. Just like DVD MPEG2 to a WMV, or an AVI to MPEG.


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Video Preview Mode on Subtitle Workshop

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July 21, 2009 at 11:01 PM