That's how it started...
Subtitles and captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing during film festivals are rarely a priority, at least in France. Thus, most film copies are not subtitled (except foreign movies shown in their original version).
At the beginning of last year, my friend Lilian was promoting his project of improving and facilitating the projection of subtitles during film festivals. His activity consists in superimposing subtitles or projecting them on a separate display below the screen.
In this way, subtitling dissociates from the movie reel, unlike DVDs for example. An operator is thence in charge of keeping captions synchroneous. It is sometimes called "virtual subtitling"; it is cheaper and easier than subtitled hard copies.
Since there was no suitable Open Source tools to fulfill these precise needs, Arnaud and I gave him a hand. We developed Subtivals, a Free Software with simplicity and usuability for the technical operator in mind.
Subtivals has gained many features on the way, we released the version 1.0 last month, after almost a year of development, driven by Lilian's experience.
Among most notable features :
- Support of Advanced SubStation Alpha subtitles (ASS, *.ass) format
- Control Play / Pause / Delay / Speed
- Switch between several modes : timecode based, semi-automatic or fully manual
- Support for subtitles without timecodes (fixes duration automatically)
- SSA styles (italic, positions, colors)
- Customize and override styles (color and font size)
In the small world of subtitles projection, where most tools are either very expensive, or very archaic, Subtivals is a revolution !
Hall of fame
Subtivals has proven its efficiency for several months now ! It was used successfully in many film festivals (Festival de cinéma de Douarnenez, Festival Intergalactique de Brest, Festival de Cinéma d'Amérique Latine de Biarritz, Festival International du film d'Amiens, Festival Zoom Arrière, 6e édition, ... and soon : Cinélatino de Toulouse, Résistances à Foix)
Its semi-manual mode also allows surtitling at theaters (or opera, ballets, ...).
Subtivals runs on GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and has no other external dependencies.
On Ubuntu, install it easily using our PPA :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mathieu.leplatre/subtivals sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install subtivals
Mac OS X and Windows installers are for sale, contact us !