Editing subtitle tracks
Editing a subtitle track can include:
Adding new subtitle strings
Changing existing strings
Changing a subtitle’s start or end frame
Changing a subtitle’s position on the screen
Changing a subtitle’s typeface, size, color, and other text attributes
The following steps cover all these options.
To edit a subtitle track:
- Click the movie’s icon in the Project window.
- In the Timeline window, double-click in the subtitle track you want to edit.
The Edit Subtitles window appears. Existing subtitles are listed below the window’s preview area.
- Edit the subtitles as desired. See:
- When you’re finished, click the OK button.
Adding subtitle strings
To add a subtitle string to the track:
- Use the preview controls to locate the frame where you want the new subtitle to start. You cannot add a subtitle if an existing subtitle occupies the frame.
- Click the Add button. A new blank entry appears in the subtitle list, with the cursor positioned in the Subtitle Text box.
- Type the subtitle text. Press the Enter key to insert line breaks in the text.
- Press the Ctrl+Enter keys to “confirm” the text.
The default duration for new subtitles is set in the Edit preferences. See Changing DVDit Pro’s preferences for details.
Editing subtitle strings
To edit an existing subtitle string:
Changing subtitle start times and durations
To change a subtitle’s start or end frame:
DVDit Pro validates the timecode so that the subtitle does not overlap other subtitles.
Changing subtitle screen locations
To change a subtitle’s location on the screen:
- In the subtitle list, click the subtitle. The subtitle text appears in the preview area.
- Click the text in the preview area. A box with resizing handles appears around the text block.
- Drag the box to the desired location, or click the Position buttons to move the block horizontally and vertically.
- Drag the handles to resize the box. The text within the box does not change size, but the text flows to fit the new shape.
DVDit Pro provides “safe area” guides to help you keep the text within the visible portion of the image. To display the guides, click the button at the top-right corner of the preview area. It’s best to keep the text within the inner guide. See “Safe area” guides for more information.
Changing subtitle text properties
To change a subtitle’s text properties and color:
- In the subtitle list, click the subtitle. The text appears in the preview area.
- Use the Text controls to set the typeface, size, alignment, outline thickness, and other properties. San-serif fonts such as Arial are usually easier to read onscreen than serif fonts such as Times.
- To change the text color, choose one of the color sets in the Color and Opacity section. Each color set provides different colors for the text body, outline, and background.
See Editing subtitle color sets for more information.
Deleting subtitle strings
To delete a subtitle string:
See also Deleting subtitles.