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In Encore CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins gives an extensive overview of Encore CS5, Adobe's powerful application for authoring DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and Flash-based video for the web. This course covers adding audio and subtitle tracks, creating image slideshows, and using Encore as a presentation tool. Also explained are the Blu-ray enhancements in CS5, and advanced techniques such as creating games and hidden content for disc menus. Exercise files are included with the course.
If you're working on a short project, it's really no big deal just to manually create your own subtitles, or actually, if you're working on a really big project, let's say you're working on a really long science fiction movie, DVD, maybe there is like a brief part where aliens talk some jibberish or something like that. So you just need to make a quick subtitle. No big deal, knock yourself out, go ahead and do in Encore, but for full-length projects, if you're going to have subtitles over a full-length movie, then typically that job is outsourced to a company that does subtitles. So if we right-click in the subtitle area, we can see that we can Import Subtitles in three ways.
We can import Text Script, which we will in the moment. Also, there is a FAB Images Script, and also an Image Script. Oftentimes, these can come from the company that does scripts. So if you have one of these, you can import it there as well. Before I import the Text Script, I want to show you what it looks like in case you need to create something like this on your own. Here is the Text Script. Basically, what it does is that it numbers these different subtitle clips, and it gives the timecode of when these will be imported. So from two frames in to one second and 20 frames, the subtitle Checkout these dance moves! is played, and then from 2 seconds to 3 seconds and 20 frames it says, Get ready, and so on and so forth.
So, now let's go back and right- click in the subtitle area, choose Import Subtitles > Text Script. Next, navigate to the Miscellaneous Files folder in the Media folder of the Exercise Files, and click on this Subtitles.txt file and click Open. We get this little Import Subtitles dialog box here where we can change some formatting issues. If we wanted to change the font or the size, or any of these other issues, we can do that. We can also do that in the program. This is kind of a preliminary check so that all of your subtitles that you're importing can be set by the same standard.
I'm just going to go ahead and click OK, and leave things as is. Now as expected, we can go out two frames in our Timeline here, and see that our subtitles begin at two frames in. It says all the text that we expected it to say. Basically, this guy, by the way this is a clip from Ninja Death 3. Now Check out these dance moves! Get ready. Break it down. Fantastic! Now we can also export subtitles as well.
We might want to send this out for review. Maybe we're doing some translation for a different language, when we want somebody to preview and approve of our translation or something, we can right-click on the subtitle track. I can choose Export Subtitles > Text Script, and then I can navigate to where I want to save this text file. So that is how to import and export subtitles.
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