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31 January 2008 @ 10:17 pm
Hardsubbing Tutorial  

This is a tutorial that was requested by [info]jenbowie about a week ago *sorry I didn't respond back I've been busy but here you go*

Background on Hardsubs:

Fansub teams release softsubs for people to use along with a video that it is timed to match. In my opinion, the reason why there are quite a bit of softsubs out there is because of the time it takes to hardsub and the fansub teams find it unnecessary and time consuming to provide Hardsubs and softsubs. This is of course my opinion, I’m not part of any sub teams so I don’t know their rationalizations behind but it really doesn’t matter. I love them for doing all that they do be it softsubs or hardsubs.

For my computer system, however long a video is usually means that is how long it will take to hardsub. This does not mean that for your system it will be the same but for me, that’s how it works. When I hardsub, I can do absolutely NOTHING on my computer. Except use the calculator…or point and click various places with my mouse and watch nothing happen. So I usually hardsub when I’m eating dinner, watching Moonlight or Torchwood or other shows with my parents and while I’m sleeping. Your system could be different, I’ve only ever hardsubbed on my parents computer so I don’t know if its universal or not. 

The entire process for hardsubbing only takes me about 3 minutes to do the settings and anywhere from 45mins-4 hours to hardsub depending again on the size of the original video file. When I first started, it took me about 15 minutes but you’ll get used to it. I could probably do hardsubbing with my eyes closed I do it so much.

Hardsub Tools .zip .rar

Steps for Hard Subs:

The first step in hard subbing is to download zip file (also in .rar format) it includes the following programs vital to hardsubbing from softsubs. Each program just sits on your computer and isn’t actually installed which is always a plus for some of us with tons of programs that like to fight for control.

o     Media Sub

o     VirtualDub

o     Codec All in 1 (if you already have the XviD codec you can just delete this)

Once it is downloaded and unzipped, you will see that I have already put the Subtitler.vdf file in the plug-ins folder. Which is necessary for this whole process to work. (Please note that the zip titled Subtitler has the Subtitler.vdf file necessary for the subs so if you ever have problems its there for you.)

The next step is to style the softsubs. For this demonstration, I will be using the subs for the Kmovie ‘My Tutor Friend 2’ (an awesome movie if you haven’t seen it, I will upload it one of these days)

Open Media Subtitler File>Open Text or Subtitle. From there, you will get a File Report of the Subs.

It will look similar to this. [Opens in new window]

These errors or warnings are normal…very, very normal so have no worries there. Media Subtitler knows what it is doing. Trust the technology trust it.

 Press ok.

Now that its been pulled up, go to Settings>Format Settings. Make sure to have SubStation Alpha selected. From there choose your font colors and sizes.

My font settings are always:   Trebuchet MS Regular 26

Go to File>Save as

IT HAS TO BE SSA, SubStation Alpha. [Opens in new window]

Press ok.

Save As is in your destination folder. Tip: I always make a new folder on my desktop so that I can make sure I know exactly where the file ends up.

We are now done with Media Subtitler. *throws confetti*

Next open VirtualDub

File>Open Video File

Open the RAW video file. It looks like nothing happened but trust me…you’ve opened the file.

Go to Video>Filters

Click Add. Go down the list until you see subtitler Avery Lee. [Opens in new window]

It will have a list of various things relating to the subs, which is COMPELTELY unnecessary EXCEPT for the subtitler item. Click subtilter and add it. (If you don’t have subtitler in the list, the subtitler.vdf isn’t in the plug-in folder for some god-awful reason. Please check to make sure its still in the plug-ins folder]

Press ok.

It will bring up Subtitler Configuration. From here you will press the … and open the newly created .ssa file you were just fooling around with.

Make sure the ‘Enable advanced rasterizer’ is checked.

Also make sure the ‘Default word wrapping mode’ is the bottom one. ‘Smart word wrapping.’

I highly recommend you push Show Preview. Note: if your show preview isn’t available for pushing its because you didn’t open the video file. Please go back, open the video file and do the steps over again.

Press ok.

Press ok again.

Now go to Video>Compression

Make sure XviD MPEG-4 Codec is selected. If it doesn’t show up, you don’t have the codec on your computer. You can use the Codec All in 1 that I included in the HS Tools .zip/.rar or you can google XviD codec and find one there also.

Next, make sure that Video>Full Processing Mode and Audio>Direct Stream Copy are bulleted.

The Last step

File>Save as AVI.

I always save it onto my Desktop so I know EXACTLY where it is. As soon as you push Save it will start the actual hardsub process. It will look something like this.

Now, go pop some popcorn, read a book, walk the dog….do something other than be on the computer because you'll get bored. If you're curious to see if it is working, just maximize the video window and you'll see the subs being put on the video on the right.

I'm not at all an expert on hardsubs and there could very well be a better way but this is the way I do it. Please ask a question if something doesn't work right. Make sure to read all the directions first and then ask me if you're stuck.

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Kveta / Кветаkve_chan on February 1st, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Interesting! *_*
Have to try!
Thank you for the guide! ♥
jenbowie: Diesjenbowie on February 5th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
First of all, I wanted to say thank you so very much for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it! I have been messing about with a number of programs trying to get something to work for a while to no avail.

Looks like everything goes well until literally the last step (File>Save as AVI). I get an error noting "statsfile not found". I attempted this whole process with two different vids from two separate groups so it appears there is something I'm still doing goofy (or something I've missed). It creates the SSA file and everything from what I can tell, and VirtualDub seems happy until that last step...
Kristimiyavimyv on February 6th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Can you send me a Cap of what your screen looks like w/ the error? I just followed the steps exactly as I wrote them and it worked for me.

Also, the files that you're trying to hardsub, what types of files are they? Are they plain .avi files? I've tried to hardsub .rm (or real player files) and it doesn't work for me. I've never tried doing any hardsubbing on files other than .avi files.

Perhaps your codec wasn't XviD MPEG-4 Codec? *I'm sorry that I'm pulling at straws*

Here are the steps again in a more precise method and see if you might've missed something.

I will make a video for the steps and post it tomorrow if not tonight.

Let me know about the screencap of the error in the mean time.

jenbowie: Sankyuujenbowie on February 8th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
After much tinkering around, *finally* figured out what the problem was. The VirtualDub was accidentally set to "Two Pass - 2nd Pass" on the Configure option under the Video Compression section. So in other words, it was looking for a file that had yet to be created to reference from. >.< I have no idea how it got on that setting, but setting it to Single Pass or for the first pass has worked. ^^

Thank you so much again for the time and effort you put into putting together this tutorial. I really appreciate it immensely! :D
Kristi: Imai Love Lettermiyavimyv on February 9th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)

I forgot about configuring it. Its a one time deal and I completely forgot about it. I'll update this tut and I'm almost ready to post the video I made.

Sorry that it caused you problems >_
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
i just want to say thanks to your detailed instruction of how to hard subs. I'm so glad that i stumble to this threat. i've been trying many times to hard subs in many diff ways and never been succeed. Yet, your way work like a charm !! thanks again !!
Kristimiyavimyv on March 29th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Of course. I'm glad it helped you.
ritagedyp on July 17th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
 You use the same prog to extract the file, you can't just join them together like with hjsplit (although a coupla years ago I worked out a way of extracting the files by using a hex editor).
autumnchild16: pic#66033045autumnchild16 on February 15th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
omg thanks so much for this tutorial ^^
_nakitomo_naki on April 12th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
hey there.. randomly found this tutorial.

i found some interesting tips!
Kristimiyavimyv on April 26th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found it. Hope it helped.
☆ムーン☆moumoon on May 3rd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thankiieszzz for the guide....

I have a problem with that.....
could you help me.....pliiiisszzz....

m(_ _)m

☆ムーン☆moumoon on May 3rd, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
iro iro arigato gozaimasu^^

I forgot to choose .ssa format when I wanted to filter it....hehhehe

Thankx so much for your guide....

Kristimiyavimyv on May 4th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad it worked for you.
xprissx on May 17th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
So , erm , this only works if i have downloaded a softsub file or does this enables me to put subs into videos ? :)

i'm a little confused.

Thanks :)
Kristimiyavimyv on May 18th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
This tutorial is only for those who have Soft Sub files already matched up with a certain video file.

If you're wanting to edit videos to put your own subs into it I would recommend Movie Maker for Windows or Camtasia.

Hope that helps.
summermilk dut: Haewonsummermilk on September 14th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Just want to say how much I appreciate your detailed tutorial.
I've been trying to sub my MVs and your tutorial is a lifesaver.
Thanks a bunch ^^
kriszethkriszeth on November 9th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
thank you for this, i want to try my hand into hardsubing, so this tutorial makes my day!

now, if only i could get back my video files *sighs*
misty_lunemisty_lune on December 8th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
What do I do if there's no subtitler? Help please!
I don't stop in your tracks anymore:): junpyo_beaniesschizomode on October 24th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)

This tutorial has been a major help but i got kinks along the way:
- When i open video file to load the raw video in VirtualDub, instead of "It looks like nothing happened but trust me…you’ve opened the file", i can see the video on screen. But it's kinda odd cos there were like 2 screencaptures side by side.
- Also, when i Click Add. Go down the list until you see subtitler Avery Lee, i don't see any subtitler - Avery Lee.
Katrinakatrinalacson on December 19th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
wow!!!!It helped alot!!!!!^o^
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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