January 10th, 2004

Subtitles

From what I read a few weeks ago, there isn’t any open source tool for captioning, however dvdauthor comes with a tool called spumux that can merge subtitles into an mpeg stream. It looks like a lot of manual work, so since I’m a lazy programmer, I expect I’ll write something to make this more automated.

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There’s another captioning company called VITAC, but after the horrible job they did with the first episode of “The Apprentice”, I wouldn’t trust the tools they’re using. The captions at the start of the show were the words to the background music and covered the names of the contestants. All during the show, the captions were 5-10 seconds behind the spoken words. I got a headache trying to keep them together.

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