Some bottom line rules of subtitling

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Subtitling, if proper can help people understand every part of the scene. There are some basic rules of subtitling that I have mentioned below:

  1. Subtitles should be visible on the screen at exactly the same time, when the words are being emitted by the characters ( not after or before). It should vanish from the screen as soon as the character/characters have stopped speaking the same.
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Source: Engagemedia.org
  1. When the speech of the characters in the scene goes inaudible due to background noise or sound on the screen, put a small note explaining it like ‘factory siren’. These captions should be in lowercase italics enclosed in brackets.

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7. To denote music or lyrics, use the musical note sign before and after the caption.

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8. When there is a pause after a caption, probably any of the characters stunned or thinking, use ellipses ( …….)

Well, there are many other rules which must be properly learned so that you can create excellent subtitles for your videos and movies.

Reference: Best Practices for online subtitling by Engagemedia.org

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