How to use Subtitle Workshop to create or edit your subtitles

Time related features

Set delay

Subtitle Workshop can set a positive or a negative delay, in time or frames. The delay is a fixed time or frames (constant) that represents the difference of points where the subtitles should start, and actually start. To apply a delay, first load your subtitle, then click the “Edit/Timings/Set delay…” menu or press [Ctrl]+[D] keys. The delay dialog will pop up.

If you are working in the time mode, you should set a time delay, if you are working in the frames mode, you should set a frames delay. Subtitle Workshop will automatically detect it. You are able to choose if you want to apply the delay to all the subtitles or just to the selected ones, useful if only one part of the subtitle appears later than it should.

Adjust subtitles

Subtitle Workshop can synchronize subtitles to a video in four ways. Whatever method you want to use, the first thing you have to do is to load the subtitle file you are going to adjust, and for methods 1, 2 y 4 you need to load the video file you want to use as a reference.

Method 1: adjusting first and last dialogs
This method offers a lot of accuracy, and is recommended in most cases. After you load the subtitle file and video:

* Play the video until you reach the first spoken dialog or the first place that should be subtitled in the movie; when you hear/read it, take a note of the time (you will need it later).
* Seek to the end of the video and when you hear/read the last spoken dialog or the last place that should be subtitled, take note of the time.
* You can take these two time values from an external video player instead of using Subtitle Worksop’s video preview.
* After you follow these steps, click the “Edit/Timings/Adjust subtitles…” or the [Ctrl]+[B] keys. Switch to “Simple” tab. In “First spoken line” write the first time, and in “Last spoken line” write the last time. Then press Adjust! button.

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