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Translating, the Technical Side

The following is our new process of translating as of October 28, 2013.

The question we’ve constantly asked ourselves is this: What is the most technically efficient way of accurately translating a sermon? Before translators would just download the subtitle file and translate it line for line, which worked, but it didn’t allow the translator to as easily translate the sermon while listening to it.  We hope that for the most part these things have been figured out and that the below will be a more effective pipeline for translating.

Step 1 – Subtitle Edit

First you need to download and install Subtitle Edit, click here to do so. (This software is from

Step 2 – Downloading Files

Go to the “Translate” page, click here, and decide on a video you want to translate and then download the SRT + the Video. Be sure to submit a Work in Progress ticket, you can do it at the bottom of that page.



Step 4 – Removing Non-Subtitle Text

Now open up the .txt file of the .SRT that you downloaded and select all of the text that is above the first timecode. Meaning whatever is above the number 1, most files will only have a Title, Meta, Tags, this is information you will need to translate, but don’t want it part of your file as you load it into Subtitle Workshop. So select it and cut it out of the document and save it somewhere else.

Step 5 – Loading Subtitle File

Once you open Subtitle Edit Select File –> Open and choose the .txt.

Step 3 – Loading Video

Next select Video from the main menu and choose “Open video file…” and select the video file that you downloaded. If this is your first time using Subtitle Edit then the video display is probably turned off and you don’t see anything. So on the menu select Video –> Show/hide video or Ctrl + Q to get the video display to show.

If the video still does not show then your computer may not have the right video codec for the encodings of the files, you can download Codec pack here.

Step 6 – Getting ready for translating

Select Tools –> Make new empty translation from current subtitle

You now have a blank subtitle file to type your translation in.

Step 7 – Turning on Unicode

In order for some language characters to show up correctly you need to turn on Unicode Encoding.





Step 8 – Other

Above the video you will see the option “Select current subtitle while playing” be sure to Check that on, this will auto select the subtitle to where it is at in regards to the video.

To see your translated text in the video preview, instead of the original English, go to Edit and uncheck “Show original text in audio/video previews” which is automatically checked. Now the lines that you’ve translated will show up in the preview.

Step 9 – Exporting

To export the completed translation go to File –> Save As, have the File type be (*.srt), which it usually is automatically. When naming the file put your language name in-front of the title, for example Greek – O Magnify the Lord With Me – Bob Jennings.


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