Exporting subtitles from DVD Studio Pro

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.

5 comments on “Exporting subtitles from DVD Studio Pro
  1. CRD says:

    Did what I needed done! Perfect!

  2. Corey says:

    Jim – thanks so much for posting this – this info literally saved me days of re- time coding a DVD script! Cheers mate. Corey

  3. Axel says:

    Since Subtitle Xtractor is not working on intel Macs any more I want to point you towards DVDSP SubPick by Pescados Software. It works a treat and exports directly from the DVDSP Project file. Very comfortable.
    http://www.julifos.com/soft/dvdsp_subpick/index.html

  4. admin says:

    Looks great. Thanks!

  5. One says:

    Found the version that works with Intel chipsets and is working on an iMac running 10.9 OSX. Worked like a charm!
    Awesome program.

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