This can be a useful tool if you wish to create a DVD disk from your DV, HDV, AVCHD, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2 PS files which can be played in standalone DVD players, and have all of the metadata available to view on screen as DVD subtitles. You can then turn the display of metadata on or off by switching subtitles on or off on your DVD remote control.

 

This tool exports a textual SRT subtitle file containing the metadata. This file (along with your DVI AVI, HDV M2T, AVCHD M2TS/MTS, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2 PS file) can be imported into many DVD authoring programs, and a DVD disk created, with the metadata stored in a subtitle stream on the disk.

 

A Confirm Settings dialog box appears which allows you to check and if necessary change the format of the exported subtitles. These are the same settings that appear in the Tools > Options > Export Subtitles menu. See Options - Export Subtitles for details of the settings.

 

When your are satisfied that the settings are correct, click OK and you are prompted for the name and location of the output SRT file. By default, the file name of the output file is the same as the input file but has .srt appended.

 

The All metadata (excludes Geotagging) setting has the metadata arranged in columns (similar to how it appears in DVMP Pro's player window), so it is important to select a fixed-width (or monospaced) font for the subtitles in your DVD authoring program. DVD Lab Pro allows you to do this easily - it also allows you to choose the color, size and style of the font.

 

Also, the Date, Time and Geotagging setting outputs the recording date and time, and the GPS Coordinates (if available) arranged in columns. The format of the GPS Coordinates can be chosen by the Geotagging options in the Tools > Options > General menu.

 

The remaining settings output only the recording date and time - this is the most common requirement of users. You can choose to have the date and time on a single line, or one above the other on 2 lines.

 

Note that an entry in the SRT file is only generated for every second of duration, so you won't see the timecode change for every video frame. This is partly due to the DVD specification and the fact that each subtitle is stored on the DVD as a bitmap which would take up a lot of space if these could be stored for every frame. The seconds field of the recording time will however change at the correct frame.

 

Also note that the SRT file begins with a time value of 0. Therefore if you wish to join multiple clips together in a video editing program such as Adobe Premiere, and want to use all of the corresponding SRT files, then you will need to merge the SRT files using a subtitling tool such as the free "Subtitle Workshop" which can adjust the time values so that they follow consecutively from one SRT file to the next.

 

Part of an example SRT file is shown below - this is using the All metadata (excludes Geotagging) setting:

 

 

1

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:00,880

00:01:51:15  13:08:00    60    0dB   AWB   

             16/09/2003  f11         ~OFF  

00:00:00:00              AUTO        48/U  

 

2

00:00:00,880 --> 00:00:01,880

00:01:52:12  13:08:01    60    0dB   AWB   

             16/09/2003  f11         ~OFF  

00:00:00:22              AUTO        48/U  

 

3

00:00:01,880 --> 00:00:02,440

00:01:53:12  13:08:02    50    0dB   AWB   

             16/09/2003  f4.8        ~OFF  

00:00:01:22              AUTO        48/U  

 

 

... and this is using the Time above Date (2 lines) setting:

 

 

1

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:00,880

13:08:00

16/09/2003

 

2

00:00:00,880 --> 00:00:01,880

13:08:01

16/09/2003

 

3

00:00:01,880 --> 00:00:02,440

13:08:02

16/09/2003

 

 

Note that this tool is only available in the full version of DVMP Pro. It is not available in the demo version.

 

See Also:

Options - Export Subtitles