For a recent DVD project I needed to create multiple language subtitles. Basically this involves getting a transcript of the audio track in English, laying it in as subtitles, then exporting the English subtitle track out to a timecode formatted text file to the translation company can translate phrase by phrase. You would think exporting a subtitle track would be built into a professional DVD authoring program, but it’s missing from Apples DVD Studio Pro. Not only is it missing, but finding a utility to help with this was frustratingly difficult.
If you’re faced with a similar challenge, the program you want is Subtitle Xtractor. It’s a great program that does the job perfectly, and is donationware to boot.
NOTE: Reader Axel commented that Subtitle Xtractor no longer works on Intel macs. He points us to http://www.julifos.com/soft/dvdsp_subpick/index.html as a replacement. Please share your experiences with this tool.