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Submagic – Freeware Subtitle Editor

by Rono 1 July 2009 No Comment

This is a gues post written by Rono, a freeware enthusiast and one of our most faithful readers and commentators. My favorite subtitle editor is Aegisub, but Rono provides an interesting alternative, check it out!

Overview

Submagic is a freeware program for the Windows operating system that can be used to edit subtitles. It can help you create, edit, convert, synchronize or translate subtitles. The only feature missing to make this the perfect solution would be a subtitle downloader.

Review

The tabbed interface provides the means to access the various functions of the software program starting with the file operations tab append, split or convert subtitles easily. Subtitles can be imported in various formats including the popular srt and sub.

There is also an option to analyze existing subtitles for problems like lines with to many characters, empty lines or overlapping times. But analyzing is not the only automatic option that Submagic offers. There is also a very extensive error fixing feature that can fix more than 20 common problems and errors of subtitles including the correction of ocr errors, removal of line separators or the fixing of quotes. Several fixes contain multiple choices that the user can chose from.

The Edit tab can be used to search subtitles, find and replace text and to insert, add, delete or split them. The final tab in the editing process is the synchronize tab which can be just to finetune the display of the lines in the movie.

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All of this would not be helpful if there was not some kind of movie preview feature to test the subtitles. That’s possible in the Play Movie tab which also lists some of the commonly used functions mentioned earlier on in the article. It is for instance possible to insert or delete lines directly or to shift and stretch the lines to synchronize perfectly with the movie.

Another interesting option is the movie converter which can be used to convert movies from NTSC format to PAL and vice versa. The final tab contains general options that define how parameters like font sizes for the subtitles, the default screen format and several others like colors or directories on the computer system.

Version Tested

0.71

Author

SubMagic

Operating System

Windows All

Download link

Verdict

Submagic is a sophisticated well thought out application to work with subtitles. Beginners might feel a bit overwhelmed by the features and settings but it should not take more than a few minutes to get to know the freeware subtitle editor.

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