I have a VHS copy a foreign movie. The VHS copy has the English subtitle and it is full screen.
Recently, I bought the re-released DVD copy (a legitimate widescreen version); but unfortunately, it has no subtitle. I searched EBay and found pirate copies, but with Spanish & Portuguese subtitles only, no English.
So I transfered my VHS copy to DVD.
I used SmartRipper to rip my entire VHS-transfered DVD to a vob file. Then I used VideoRedo to re-encode the vob in MPEG. I had to do that because my Subtitle Workshop cannot decode AC3 (trust me, I already tried to play the vob file with Subtitle Workshop and got no sound).
Next, I loaded the MPEG file into Subtitle Workshop. The file played just fine and I started "new subtitle" then played the movie. I paused the movie to "insert subtitle" each time a line of subtitle appeared on the screen.
The whole process is pretty labor intensive and time consuming. Is there any better way to create subtitles from a hard-coded version?
I feel that I'm perhaps asking for the impossible. But who knows?
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SubRip can (try to) OCR subtitles out of a hard subbed AVI to .srt, so that route may work.
Chances are tho, that the VHS version and DVD version differ in parts (different cuts) so you'll end up with a subtitle file that doesn't fit your DVD version anyway.
Originally Posted by moviebuff2
I just succeeded in creating the first line. Wow, the technology of recognizing words by their font color is amazing.
Thank you for your help.