I do not usually have to mess with subtitles too often when ripping movies or re-encoding them as I only use them if its a non-english movie.
However I am starting to help friends with some Anime DVD’s and we definitely want subs and with my lack of experience working with subs this is probably the one area I could really use help with when it comes to ripping/encoding movies.
First thing I do is rip the dvd with DVDFab and then use Subrip to convert the Vobsubs into text format with OCR.
So the first questions here are:
1.) Is Subrip still one of the best programs? Its pretty old now
2.) When I am done with the OCR process what is the best format to save the subs in? I have been saving them as SSA and SRT and I notice both of them show up quite differently in a media player and have different options as far as how they display.
Subrip gives limited options on how I want to subs to look in SSA and pretty much no options for SRT.
After saving the subs I noticed I can open the SSA file and edit it manually but not so much for the SRT.
I have found that I like to use SSA with Tahoma font somewhere in the lower 20’s for size, with bottom margin of 10.
With these settings though I found they look totally different in VLC than they do in MPC when playing the files.
I had some strange things happen where they looked bigger in VLC and I wanted to make them lower to the bottom of the screen but when I changed the bottom margin setting they did not move.
I have tried to google around for the SSA settings and learned quite a bit but I think having a topic about it may help me progress further and open my eyes to other options that I have not even explored yet.
Oh and also is there a way to do the OCR process again with Subrip on the Vobsubs without the .VOB or .IFO file say I just extract the .Vob subs and mux them into a .MKV I can not find a way to open those sub files or the mkv with Subrip and this is making me have to keep the original DVD files on hand until I am completely happy with my subtitles.