Subtitles & Captions: What do I need to provide?

For a subtitling project the following will be required:

  1. A version of the final, edited video. If the subtitles are to be delivered as text files to be authored by another company, then only  low resolution video is necessary. If you require ‘burned on’ subtitles then I’ll need the highest quality video you have.
  2. A transcription of the dialogue or script. The original dialogue or narration (usually English) should be provided, preferably divided into segments and timed. I can produce this transcription at an additional cost.
  3. Images and menus for DVDs. If the final product is a DVD and I will be creating the final DVD master, I will need any images and menus used in the original DVD. These are usually in Photoshop format (.psd) but other formats such as jpg, tiffs and pngs are acceptable. I charge a flat rate to produce a master DVD file.
  4. Deliverable format: if you require the subtitled video for the web, or playback on computers, I’ll need to know the final size and format you require. There are a huge number of formats, sizes and settings and this can be a bit confusing so don’t hesitate to ask for advice if you are not sure what you need for your final deliverable.
© Steve Sutcliffe 2012.