Have you ever wanted to create your subtitles, but didn’t know how to? If so, this article is for you! We will help you step-by-step in using the open source software called Aegisub to create your own subtitles.

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Setting Up Aegisub

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    Prepare the movie file on which you want to create subtitles. If you want to create subtitles for a DVD, you will need to rip the DVD first. Store the movie file in a permanent location, such as in a specially created folder. In this article, we will be using the movie Transformers for our examples in the above screenshots.
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    Load the movie file into Aegisub. Open up Aegisub, then click on the Video menu and select Open Video… Browse for your video file and click Open. Depending on the size and length of your video, this process could take quite a while.

    • After the video loading process completes, you should see the video display located at the upper left of Aegisub.
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    Load the soundtrack from the video. Click on the Audio menu and select Open Audio from Video. This will automatically rip the audio from your video soundtrack and import it into Aegisub. Again, depending on the size and length of your video, this process could take quite a while.

    • After the audio loading process completes, you should see audio waveform display to the upper right of Aegisub.
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    Save your changes. Click on the Save icon located in the toolbar, or simple press Ctrl+S to save your work.

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Creating the Subtitles

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    Type in the text. Under the audio waveform, there is a text box. Type the desired text in this box.
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    Choose where in the video your text will show up. As you might have already seen, there are two frames in the audio window; one is red, and the other blue. The red simply signifies when the text will appear, and the blue signifies where the text will end. Hold the left mouse button down and drag the red frame to the beginning of the waveform; then drag the blue frame to the end of the waveform.
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    Edit the text appearance. If you don’t like the way the subtitles appear on the video, you can always edit the size, font, or color using the Styler Manager, located under the Video menu.
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    Move the text to the desired position. Yes, you can move the subtitles to anywhere you want on the screen. In the vertical toolbar to the left of the video, click the second icon from the top. A square box will appear underneath the videos; just drag and drop the subtitles wherever you like.

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Exporting the Subtitles

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    Export your subtitles. Under the File menu, click Export Subtitles…. Then select the four options in the Filters window. Then click Export….
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    Save your subtitles as a .srt file. SubRip is probably the most common subtitle format, so it would be a good idea to save it in that format. Give your subtitle a name, for example: Transformers_2007_720p.srt. Be sure to include the .srt extension in the file name.
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    Add your subtitles to a video file. In this article, we will be using VLC. Open the movie file, then right-click the screen, and under the Subtitles menu, click Add Subtitle File…. Then navigate to your subtitle’s location and click OK.