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Production Diary Subtitles?


Nov 25 2012, 12:39am

Post #1 of 10 (854 views)
Production Diary Subtitles? Can't Post

It's awesome to see someone take the time to transcript the latest Production Diary!!!

What would be even cooler is that next step, which is to create subtitle tracks for each of the diaries. I'd love to re-watch all of them with the subtitles.

Has anyone made efforts along these lines?


Nov 25 2012, 2:08am

Post #2 of 10 (504 views)
Check the Vlog 9 thread. [In reply to] Can't Post

Silverlode has written up a transcript of the vlog. Link


Nov 25 2012, 2:50am

Post #3 of 10 (481 views)
Yes, I saw the transcript [In reply to] Can't Post

The transcript is the first step. The next is to create an actual subtitle track, like the ones found here:


Once we have the subtitles tracks for the production diaries, we can enable subtitles for the actual videos. It's pretty easy to do this in VLC. Naming them the same as the video (except for the extension) makes it even easier.

Also, once subtitle tracks are created, translators can create versions in different languages. It's probably a lot easier for translators get the subtitles first (rather than just the transcription), since the timing would have already been done for them.

(This post was edited by tripecac on Nov 25 2012, 2:53am)


Nov 25 2012, 9:31am

Post #4 of 10 (440 views)
I think Silverlode has made transcripts for nearly every Vlog [In reply to] Can't Post

If not all of them (I'd have to check). The resource is there if you wanted to do this.

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Nov 25 2012, 10:03am

Post #5 of 10 (461 views)
I've done.... [In reply to] Can't Post

6, 7, 8, and 9. Rose Cotton did transcripts of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (we both did that one without realizing the other was also working on it!). I don't think anyone has done a transcript for the first one. Here are links for anyone who wants them:

Vlog 2

Vlog 3

Vlog 4

Vlog 5

Vlog 6 (Rose Cotton)

Vlog 6 (Silverlode) Part 1 Part 2

Vlog 7

ComiCon Panel

Vlog 8

Vlog 9



Nov 25 2012, 3:42pm

Post #6 of 10 (410 views)
Doing this all the time for Russian... [In reply to] Can't Post

Sometimes using the transcripts; sometimes not.

Russian LotR/Hobbit Site:

Henneth-annun.ru - the Russian LOTR site


Nov 25 2012, 4:16pm

Post #7 of 10 (391 views)
That's awesome, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

...has anyone created subtitle tracks from those transcripts?

Like this:

00:00:44,400 --> 00:00:47,092
<i>The world is changed.</i>

00:00:47,603 --> 00:00:50,295
<i>I feel it in the water.</i>

00:00:51,407 --> 00:00:53,974
<i>I feel it in the earth.</i>

00:00:55,878 --> 00:00:58,570
<i>I smell it in the air.</i>

00:00:59,282 --> 00:01:00,847
<i>Much that once was...</i>

00:01:01,384 --> 00:01:02,608
<i>... is lost.</i>

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Nov 25 2012, 4:41pm

Post #8 of 10 (393 views)
No. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't have the time or the ability. If that is something you would like to take on, please do so. Smile



Nov 25 2012, 4:52pm

Post #9 of 10 (382 views)
It would be an interesting project [In reply to] Can't Post

Converting the transcripts to subtitle format would let us view the subtitles while viewing the videos. That would be awesome!

If no one has done it yet, I might give it a shot. I've edited subtitles before (to correct typos, mostly), but never created them from scratch, so I don't know how much time is involved. If anyone else has any tips on which programs to use to make it easier, please let me know!

Also, if anyone has any interest in doing it, please post here, so that there's no duplication of effort! Maybe we can split up the task so that we can finish the project before the movie is released.

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Nov 28 2012, 5:08pm

Post #10 of 10 (411 views)
And once again, thank you for that : ) [In reply to] Can't Post

Both yours and Rose´s transcripts have been very helpful and shortened the process of subtitle-making for me to few days (from a week or two), not to mention the drop in the number of misunderstandings. Anyway, a good school in getting to understand another English accent Smile


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