Tutorial: Subtitles with style.

Tutorial: Subtitles with style.

Adding Style Tags to your Subtitles

 

Product: SUGARfx Subtitles

If you’ve used subtitles in the SRT format before, you probably are aware of the style tags to create bold or italicized text in the subtitles, and now with the most recent free update of our Subtitles plugin you can finally use them in your subtitling.

The way it works is not difficult, simply add the following tags to your subtitles whenever you want to emphasize a word or a complete sentence.

 

BOLD Tag

To add a bold type to the word “really” in the following subtitle:

– Bob, I don’t think you really understand the way it works!

Add this to the text:

– Bob, I don’t think you <b>really</b> understand the way it works!

The result will look like this in the rendered subtitle:

– Bob, I don’t think you really understand the way it works!

 

ITALICS Tag

Another example, if you want to add italics to several words like this:

– Yes Bob, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

Enter the italic tag like this:

– Yes Bob, <i>I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!</i>

The result will be something like this:

– Yes Bob, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

 

COLOR Tag

Colored text can also be added as a tag.

The color tag is a bit more complex because you need to convert the RGB values to a hexadecimal number, fortunately the Color wheel in the Mac OSX includes a Hexadecimal color table (see graphic below) that provides the value in hexadecimal numbers:

HEX_colorWheel

The following is a sample of how to use a color tag:

– Yes Bob, I’ve seen <font color=”#A7A13E”>the light at the end of the tunnel!</font>

The result will look like this:

– Yes Bob, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

 

Combination of Tags

And, what about if you want to add bold italics in red? How do you do that?

Simple, just add all tags to the text just like this:

– Yes Bob, <font color=”FF0000″><b><i>I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!</i></b></font>

The result will look like this:

– Yes Bob, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

 

Conclusion

As you can see the style tags are very simple to add to your existing text, and the best news of all is that you can use these style tags for any format supported by our plugin internally.

Just keep in mind that these tags are fully supported in the outside world only by the SubRip SRT format, and if you export the subtitles to a format other than SRT, you’ll need to clean up the tags in a text editor before submitting your subtitles to a service like YouTube, Vimeo or others (unless you submit SRT, of course!).