Compare some subtitle tools: Pros and Cons

Creating subtitles is a time-consuming and detail-oriented job that requires special tools for transcription and translation. Among series of subtitle tools, Aegisub and K-Lite Mega Codec Pack are the most popular in Vietnam. Adobe Premier is also used, but mainly by experts. Some television program producers develop their own tools like GTS of SDI Media or Internet-based dashboards of Pixelogic Media. Each tool has their pros and cons as below:

Features

Aegisub and K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

GTS

(Global Titling System)

Adobe Premier

Internet-based dashboards

Accessibility

– Free and cross-platform open source tool – Proprietary software developed by SDI Media and provided to company partners only. – Licensed program (Get Premiere Pro as part of Creative Cloud for just S$26.00/month) – Usernames and passwords are just granted to their linguists who are in charge of translating and proofreading subtitles

Computer configuration

– Work offline

– Not require high configuration

– Work offline

– Not require high configuration

– Work offline

– Require high configuration for professional image editors

– Work online, require high-speed broadband Internet connection

– Not require high configuration

Transcription

– Easy and quick to do transcription – Transcription is a separate step – Easy and quick to do transcription – Transcription is a separate step

Timing

– Translators can adjust time code to match texts with conversation by inserting new lines of conversation and filling in timing boxes – Translators can adjust time code but this operation requires several complicated steps – Translators can quickly adjust time code to match texts with conversation by dragging timing-bar and dropping into subtitle boxes – Translators can not adjust time code or insert new lines

Format

– Easy to choose italic or bold or underline font – Easy to choose italic or bold or underline font – A little complicated because its tool bar has many professional functions – Easy to choose italic or bold or underline font

Vietnamese font supported

– Good – Good – Good – Font errors sometimes happen

– Punctuation at the end of sentences may be lost when displayed on video

Video display

– Control speed easily

– Convenient buttons and shortcuts to play or pause videos

– Adjust size and location of video frame easily for convenient view

– Control speed easily

– Convenient buttons and shortcuts to play or pause videos

– Adjust size and location of video frame easily for convenient view

– Quite easy with drag and drop

– Adjust size and location of video frame easily for convenient view

– Mouse is mainly used

– It takes time to load videos depending on Internet speed

– Size and location of video frame are often fixed

Language display

– Not display source and target languages at the same time – Display source and target languages in parallel in one window for convenience – Display source and target languages in two separate boxes

– Easy to place subtitle boxes anywhere on the screen

– Display source and target languages in parallel in one window for convenience

Project management

– Impossible because software is installed in separate computers – Effective by managing status of work completed by accounts – Impossible because software is installed in separate computers – Effective by managing status of work completed by accounts

 

Choosing tools depends on specific requirements of each project. Those with secrecy like pre-release content shall be proceeded with strictly controlled tools. GTE’s team is experienced in using the subtitle tools, quick to learn new things and master the art of words. If your video need subtitling, please contact us at sales@gtelocalize.com for the best localized subtitles.

 

Related content

https://www.maketecheasier.com/edit-video-subtitles-aegisub/

https://www.wikihow.com/Create-Subtitles-Using-Aegisub

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http://www.sdimedia.com/service/subtitling/

http://www.adobe.com/sea/products/premiere.html


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