Open Source Tools for Subtitlers

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course will introduce you to a set of open source tools that let you produce video clips with embedded subtitles for free.

You'll look at the following open-source software:

  • Subtitle Workshop 6.0
  • DivXLand Media Subtitler 2.1.2
  • Avidemux 2.6.8

This course is run by CenTraS - Centre for Translation Studies at UCL.

Who this course is for

Translation/subtitling students and professional subtitlers are welcome to attend.

Course content

Part 1

You'll be introduced to the basic features of several open source subtitle-editing/timing software programmes and video editors.

Part 2

During this part of the course you'll:

  • work with clips and carry out the spotting as well as translating the dialogue (subject to the limitations imposed by the medium)
  • embed the subtitles to finalise your subtitling project

You'll gain an insight into the subterranean world of fansubbing.

Some time will be left at the end for questions.

A list of useful websites and other sources of information will be given to all the participants.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll have an introductory-level understanding of a set of open source tools (Subtitle Workshop 6.0, DivXLand Media Subtitler 2.1.2, Avidemux 2.6.8) for creating video clips with embedded subtitles.

Why open source software?

Translators constantly need to acquire new skills in order to work with the vast varieties of tools at our disposal.

Employability within a changing job market is a central issue for translation students and young professionals. The fast pace of changes in technology presents students with the problem of learning software programmes that might be outdated as soon as a Master's degree (for example) is completed. 

A tech-savvy approach to translation skills can help develop future-proof, versatile, and flexible translators, always on the lookout for new software and willing to learn and experiment with new approaches and systems.

The open-source approach - a flexible approach to learning, and free - will allow you to improve your employment chances, move between jobs, and remain constantly employable throughout your career.

Cost and concessions

The fees are as follows:

  • Student concession - £65
  • CIOL members / UCL staff - £103.50
  • Full rate - £115

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Course team

Dr Serenella Massidda

Serenella Massidda is a lecturer in audiovisual translation.

Course information last modified: 14 Nov 2016, 16:15