By Jeffrey Bakker
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With iCaption, creating video subtitles or captions from scratch is extremely easy, even without prior experience in subtitle or transcript creation. Its simple-to-use interface utilizes timeline based editing. The soft subtitle formats currently supported are SubRip and YouTube.
What are soft subtitles? Soft sub files are stored separately from the video file. They are called soft, because they are not hard-encoded into each video frame; they are rendered in real-time as you play the video. Most modern video players support soft subs and can manage multiple files for quick and easy swapping of languages.
Features and Capabilities:
- A robust, elegant user interface.
- Powerful timeline editing, with or without a reference video loaded.
- Waveform visualization and subtitle visualization in the same timeline view.
- Transfer subtitle times from the reference video or the timeline selection.
- Shortcuts for adding subtitles to the timeline in real-time while the movie is playing.
- Automatically determine the subtitle duration.
- Real-time checking and visualization for overlapping subtitle times.
- Easily adjust all subtitle times by one offset value.
- Search subtitles allows you to filter the subtitle list.
- Previewing allows you to test subtitles without an external viewer.
- Create, edit, open and save YouTube (.sbv) files.
- Create, edit, open and save SubRip (.srt) files.
- Convert SubRip to YouTube format and vice versa.
- Complete abstraction from the subtitle file formats.
- Support for opening subtitle files with various types of text encoding.
- Search an online database for known translations.
- Preferences for user customization.
- Up-to-date documentation.
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Of course not every feature suggestion can be met, but there are already several features in the application which were made by request from the customers.
Another reason to contact the developer directly before reviewing, is that Apple does not allow developers to respond to these reviews, so we can't help ease your frustration, which might have an easy solution.
What's New in Version 2.3.0
- The Preview is now combined with Play/Pause, which is toggled with the Command + P shortcut.
- Added the ability to add subtitles on the fly while the video is playing, using the '[' and ']' keys in combination with Command for the new subtitle's start and end times respectively.
- Added trackpad support for the changing the timeline scope.
* Two-finger horizontal swipe while the pointer is in the time line will move the scope one minute forward or backward.
* The pinch/stetch gesture while the pointer is in the time line will zoom in and out of the scope.
- Updated the documentation.
How long you develop applications?
- How to save video with soft subtitle?
- Where is the active tab in preferences window?
- Why timeline scrolling is inverted (i have Mac OS X Lion - not Mountain Lion)?
- Where is the drag&drop?
- Why form elements is overlap when i change width of subtitle list?
This is stupid unstable program. Give my money back!!!
Too painful to be useful
The interface of this application is too painful to be useful. There's no way I could sit through an entire movie while using this app. It has potential, but in its current state it's nearly unusable.
* Zoomin in on the timeline zooms… I don't know
* Clicking and dragging left or right in the timeline moves in the wrong direction
* The zoom in and out features do not work reliably and send you all over the timeline
* The scoping shortcuts also do not work properly and send you all over the timeline
* The timecode displayed becomes inaccurate to an extreme after zoomin in and out (currently showing 99:31:05.125 of a 2:17:52.916 movie)
I actually wasn't even able to get one subtitle placed correctly. When I tried to add my first subtitle the app controls become unresponsive and video froze while the audio kept playing. I was forced to quit the app and restart.
Obviously I cannot recommend this app. In its current state it's pretty much alpha release quality.
- Category: Video
- Updated: Mar 26, 2013
- Version: 2.3.0
- Size: 2.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jeffrey Bakker
- © 2012 Jeffrey Bakker
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.7 or later