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  • Sat, Feb 17 2018 1:29 PM

    SubCap - issue with subtitling timecode formats

    Hi, wonder if anyone can help with this. Might be a long shot!

    I need to create a subtitled version of an hour-long doc and have fortunately managed to get hold of an XML file which I then converted into an Avid SubCap-compatible txt file.

    The only issue is, the time code format of the XML file looks like this:
    00:00:34.367

    Checking on the timeline, 00:00:34.367 should actually be at 00:00:34:09

    And this contiunes throughout....
    IN 00:00:36.757   OUT 00:00:41.077  should actually be IN 00:00:36:19   OUT 00:00:41:02  on the timeline

    IN 00:01:18.667   OUT 00:01:21.297  should actually be IN 00:01:18:17   OUT 00:01:21:07  on the timeline

    And so on. The seconds seem correct throughout but does anyone know what's with the extra FF number? Any clue why 367=09, 757=19, 077=02 etc.?

    I've manually adjusted a couple of the captions in the txt file to test them and it works great. SubCap won't import the wierd three-figure-FF txt file but there are about a billion subs in this project so changing each one manually is certainly a last last last resort!

    I'm not great with mathematical formula but I wonder if anyone out there can spot what's happening and maybe even come up with a solution that I could, say, apply with Excel to convert the numbers?

    Appreciate any help....even if it's something BLINDLY obvious that I can't see for looking   :o)

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  • Sat, Feb 17 2018 2:04 PM In reply to

    • Bruno M
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    Re: SubCap - issue with subtitling timecode formats

    Those last three digits are milliseconds, which some types of subtitle files use.

    So, in the first example, 367 milliseconds would be....

    25 x 0.367 = 9.175 frames, assuming 25 frames per second.

    So you could use this as a formula for calculating the frames (once you've rounded the answer to the nearest whole frame).

    Ideally, you want to find subtitle conversion software that'll do this for you.

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  • Sat, Feb 17 2018 3:38 PM In reply to

    Re: SubCap - issue with subtitling timecode formats

    Hi Bruno,

    Fantastic! Thanks so much.

    Started scratching my head trying to work out an Excel conversion formula...then I thought I'd have a go at using a free bit of software as you suggested.

    Five minutes later.....thank you Batch Subtitles Converter v2.4 and a MASSIVE thank you Bruno!!! Much appreciated.

    :o)

     

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  • Mon, Feb 19 2018 1:37 PM In reply to

    • Jojo Likar
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    Re: SubCap - issue with subtitling timecode formats

    Hi,

     

    just to add to this subject, had a similar case some years ago and came upon this program that I can recommende:

    http://www.nikse.dk/subtitleedit

    However I was not able to read that specific subtitle file I had, so I wrote to the developer of the program. Next day I got a reply with a downloadlink with a version of the program that could read that script. That's what I call costumer support, even though it's a free program. Some bigger old companies could learn from that.. ;-)

    And he also has a online beta of the program now:

    http://www.nikse.dk/SubtitleEdit/Online#

     

     

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