how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?

Posted by dcouzin 
how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 02, 2008 06:48PM
I've edited a project in FCP 5.1.2, and track V5 consists of outline text comprising the subtitles.
Now I'd like to generate an .srt (or equivalent) text file for all the clips within V5.
I pray that I don't have to cut and paste each piece of text from the viewer controls, and the in and out points too, to a page. That will take a full day and will surely introduce errors.
Is FCP able to spit out the .srt (or equivalent) text file? Or is there independent software for this?
I see the opposite question discussed here -- how to get the FCP subtitles from a text file. I need to get the text file from V5.
Thanks

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 02, 2008 10:03PM
There is independent software. The most impressive, format-wise, that I've seen is Belle-Nuit Subtitler. It supports SRT for DVD authoring.

I think you'd come out of FCP via XML, import that file into BNS and from there out via SRT. There's a free offline version, try it.

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Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 03, 2008 06:37AM
Loren, thank you very much for this. I had tried to view the FCP file iself as text but couldn't. I confess I hadn't heard of XML before, and hadn't noticed the FCP option to export as XML. Wow! I see the subtitles in the XML file, and trust that Belle-Nuit Subtitler will finish the job. Thanks again. dcouzin

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 03, 2008 07:54AM
Let us know how it goes!

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Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 03, 2008 09:33AM
You can also try my TitleExchange. It allows to use virtually any text generator in FCP.
Use the XML export and TEP to transform your FCP subtitles to several formats - or the other way round.
The free version does only allow to transport FCP XML to Apple/Spruce STL with a limit of 50 titles per run. But you can split and and merge the subtitles to get subtitles into DVDSP or other apps for a feature length movie.

Regards
Andreas

Some workflow tools for FCP [www.spherico.com]
TitleExchange -- juggle titles within FCS, FCPX and many other apps.
[www.spherico.com]
Motion Template Tool -- makes installing and distribution for Motion Templates for FCPX easy for free.
[www.spherico.com]
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 04, 2008 03:10PM
Loren, no success yet. Belle-Nuit hangs up during the xml import. What am I doing wrong? I've tried both xml version 1 and xml version 3. This on my IBM. I'll try using the Belle-Nuit for OS-X.
But I'm not afraid of the job anymore. If necessary I can produce the .srt text file myself straight from the .xml file, using Excel or whatever.

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 04, 2008 06:07PM
Have you tried TitleExchange? It normally should give you a text list of your titles.

Regards
Andreas

Some workflow tools for FCP [www.spherico.com]
TitleExchange -- juggle titles within FCS, FCPX and many other apps.
[www.spherico.com]
Motion Template Tool -- makes installing and distribution for Motion Templates for FCPX easy for free.
[www.spherico.com]
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 04, 2008 07:25PM
Andreas, I just noticed your word "my" before "TitleExchange". Congratulations!
Since there are 700 subtitles in the 80 minute movie, the 50 title per run won't make use of the free version fun. I think Belle-Nuit also imposes a limit on their free version.

I'm sure your full program is worth 135 Euros, but...

I opened the .xlm file in Excel and put the subtitles, the in points, and the out points into three columns. (I confess I had to deal with the two line titles by hand.) From here I should be able to make any text file. I don't yet know what text file format the DVD producer wants.

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
June 04, 2008 09:27PM
Andreas, I just tried TitleExchange and it worked (unlike Belle Nuit)! The limitation to 50 titles is pretty easily worked around, after all. Thanks for this nice software.

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
August 14, 2011 05:51AM
Maybe I'm too late, but I have just finished a php online application that could help you. It basically opens a xml file exported from FCP and converts it to .srt and .stl (suitable for DVD Studio Pro). And it's completely FREE!

It's here: FCxmlSubtitleXtractor/
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
August 15, 2011 02:25PM
Seems to work! Just not for fcpx users. Slow Speederman.

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
August 15, 2011 03:17PM
Haven't tested it yet, but it sounds amazing. Now we need AAF support.. tongue sticking out smiley



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Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
October 02, 2017 03:02AM
Hi Andreas
your email address in your website is not working and i couldn't contact you on your email.
your software was the best solution in dozen software i've tried.
Since i'm from Iran and Iran is not connected to international payment systems, i couldn't donate your website by paypal. please let me know, how can i donate your software. i need full feature of XTE Subtitle Extractor.

Thanks
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
October 21, 2017 12:20PM
Hi mehdiebadi,

Sorry to be late with my reply.
All my mail and web stuff was hacked

You can contact me via my normal mail address again now.
If there are still problems use spherico(dot)mail(at)gemail(dot)

Andreas

Some workflow tools for FCP [www.spherico.com]
TitleExchange -- juggle titles within FCS, FCPX and many other apps.
[www.spherico.com]
Motion Template Tool -- makes installing and distribution for Motion Templates for FCPX easy for free.
[www.spherico.com]
Re: how to convert the "subtitle track" to a text file?
November 06, 2017 06:06AM
Andreas-

I'm putting TitleExchange on my solutions list!
Does it work with Premiere Pro CC?

Best, as always.
Loren S. Miller

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