Re: [dev] Writing subtitles for videos

From: Mattias Andrée <>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:01:24 +0200

On Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:04:26 +0000
Thomas Levine <> wrote:

> I want to write some subtitles for some videos. I found several subtitle
> editors through web searches, and their documentation doesn't make them
> look very good. What's more, I haven't managed to install any of them
> properly, which is both inconvenient and further indicative of suck.
> I think that most of what I want could be accomplished by having a video
> player that writes the current time somewhere (like a file) when I press
> a particular key. I would play the video until I get to the position
> where I want to start or stop a subtitle, then I would press the key,
> and then I would copy that time to the subtitles file.
> Another helpful feature would be to reload the subtitles file without
> changing the current time; this way I could review the subtitles more
> quickly.
> Do any video players already do this? Or, does anyone have other
> recommendations about the editing of subtitles?

ffplay prints the playback time in centisecond precision to the terminal
when it is playing, so you can pause to see where in the video you are
and write the time down yourself.

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