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SubRip – Free Open Source DVD Subtitles Ripper

by James 8 June 2009 One Comment

Overview

SubRip is a legendary freeware program that allows you to extract the subtitles from DVD movies and save them as .srt or other file formats.

Review

As I told you before I like to make subtitles now and then for my friends and I’m using a great open source program for that, Aegisub. But when it comes to extracting the subtitles from a DVD Aegisub doesn’t help. Fortunately there is SubRip, it’s also open source and very easy to use once you get the hang of it. The program can handle DVD vob subs and you can also use it to attempt to read hardcoded subs.

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After you select the proper source .ifo file you can pick the subtitles that you want to extract from the dropdown menu.

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Once you start the extraction process you can’t sit back and relax, you have to fill in the characters that the program shows you to make sure it recognizes each character properly. But don’t worry, you won’t have to type for hours. After you fill in the letter “u” as in the screenshot below the program will automatically recognize it from that point on.

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Once the extraction is over you can save the subtitle file as .srt or other file formats and that’s it, you’ re done. The program does not come with an installer, so you’ll have to create a folder for it, extract the zip archive there and just run the program.

The program was created by Brain and after he released the source code it was developed by a few other nice people.

Version Tested

1.5 beta

Author

Zuggy

Operating System

Windows

Download link

Summary

Simple and easy to use.

It’s open source.

The latest version was released in 2007, nothing new since then.

Rating

Verdict

If you’re into backing up your movies from DVDs to avi files then SubRip is a must have freeware program if you want nice .srt subtitles to go with your avi files. Although there has been some time since the latest version was released it still works very well. However, I hope that somebody would get that source code and take this wonderful freeware program further.

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!

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  • aflijaw said:

    For mac,you can use dvd ripper for mac to convert dvd to any format.

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