Is there any way to burn subtitles without going through nine circles of hell?
I need to be able to adjust font, size, position, color, shadow, outline, etc.
I spent an entire night trying to burn .srt on .mp4, I read forums, I watched videos:
— produces horrific blocky output, no matter how high bitrate I set
— spacing between subtitle lines keeps changing
— burns three sets of subtitles, one above the other, like a poem
— burns subtitles in the only font and the only size (too big), can't adjust their settings
— does not accept .mp4
Is there some other open source software?
Am I doing something wrong?
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Huge improvement. Almost everything I need. Almost.
I read the format specifications and spent the past 3 hours experimenting.
1. What's the proper format for fading in and out? I tried the two ways below, as well as a number of improvisations, but it still doesn't work.
2. Can I control spacing between lines?
3. When I play the exported video, the playhead can't be positioned at random, only at certain points, as if between group of pictures. Any way to avoid that?
2. There is no global setting for that, only various "tricks" like:
or position tags for each line...
3. Sounds like a problem with your player or its settings. (Hard to tell without more info/samples.)
Fading works for me with HandBrake. Don't know why the manual says it's not supported or why it doesn't work for you. HandBrake's ASS rendering is based on the very extensive libass library.
If you want to test a different software and don't mind CLI you can try mpv. It also uses libass and as a bonus seems to have a unique parameter --sub-ass-line-spacing=<value> to set the spacing. (I have not actually tested this.)