The Easy Guide: Sync Subtitles Using Subtitle Workshop

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There are various techniques and tools that allow users to sync subtitles. Most users who are looking to sync subtitle with a movie are no computer experts, they are common users who need a quick solution. In this post I will follow the step by step guide which will help you sync the subtitles with a movie. In short, the whole process is quite easy.

We will use the tool Subtitle Workshop since I have found it to be the best out there. Run the application, go to File -> Load subtitle, and select the subtitle file that you want to sync.

Subtitle Workshop

Now once the subtitle is loaded, simply go to Movie -> Open and select the video with which you want to sync the subtitles.

Open Movie Subtitle Workshop

The video will automatically start playing but you can pause it. Now hit the small Sync button which is marked ‘S’, as shown in the screenshot below.

subtitle workshop main

This will open an Adjust Subtitle dialog box in Advanced tab. Go to Simple tab and enter the first spoken line and the last spoken line.

Now this is exactly the place where you will need to experiment. If you think the subtitle is displayed 1.5 seconds after the first line is spoken, then you will need to reduce the time for both the first spoken line and the last spoken line by 1.5 seconds.

So suppose if the first line is spoken at 00:02:12,500, then decreasing 1.5 seconds will make it 00:02:11,000. And the last spoken line will become from 01:36:42,878 to 01:36:41,378.

Adjust Subtitles

When you are done adjusting the subtitle, hit Adjust. Now save this new subtitle by going to File -> Save As. If it asks for the output format, select SubRip since it works with almost every media player. If you want to save it in any other format, feel free to do so.

Save Subtitle

It is that easy. You will get used to this process after the first try and can then sync the subtitles within 2 minutes, I can vouch for that.

Download Subtitle Workshop (downloads can be found in Download tab)

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. For more, you can also try out Subtitle Edit. Enjoy!

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  • ripper

    doesnt work on windows 7

    • Nakodari

      It does. As you can see from the screenshots above I tested this app in Windows 7. It is also written at the end of the article.

  • ripper

    well if I take the srt there's no problem, but the moment I take the .avi it stops working

    I've got the codecs, but i got the same problem with other synch progs i was hopping that this one worked on w7

    i can't figure out what the problem is…….

  • ripper

    maybe can you tell me wich codecpack you use?

    if it works for you it must be the codecs….., or a conflict

    • Nakodari

      K-Lite Codec Pack. Try this one after removing every other codec pack on your system.

  • ripper

    i try that one and let you know,,,,, lol it's mij last hope 😀

  • ripper

    You're the man………,,,,It's working

    many thanks…

  • ripper

    You're the man………,,,,It's working

    many thanks…

  • ripper

    You're the man………,,,,It's working

    many thanks…

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  • Richard Jenkins

    Cheers for this tip! I have had a foreign film waiting to be viewed for ages and the subs were off so I couldn’t make sense of what was being said and when! A great and easy guide.

  • Lordchadi

    ok man it work but i have another problem
    every line in the sync need adjustment
    i need to adjust every line alone can i do that
    it will take a life time to finish just 1 episode 🙁
     

  • Lordchadi

    ok man it work but i have another problem
    every line in the sync need adjustment
    i need to adjust every line alone can i do that
    it will take a life time to finish just 1 episode 🙁
     

  • Oron

    Worked perfectly!

  • ham

    how can i save subtitle to a movie?

  • ham

    what should i do with that file that is saved on the computer?

  • it didn’t show when I play in other media player beside the subtitling software it sefl. Please help me send information to my mail: anthonioustony@hotmail.com .thx

  • Vlado

    Hey, folks! How do I move all the subtitles for the entire movie for, like, a minute forward at with one click?

  • Paulo

    I’m sorry, but that’s not a synchronization. I have a subtitle without any start/end time. How will the program know when the people in the movie are talking? I suppose there must be a button to sync manually, because it’s the only way.