Number of characters per line

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23 Dec, 2011 10:01 AM


I am creating a SRT file for my favorite video. I would like to limit the maximum number of characters for each line so that I can prevent unexpected line break.

How many characters are displayed in one line?

Please let me know.

Many thanks,
Keiko Sato

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by m.shamraeva on 24 Dec, 2011 11:50 AM

    m.shamraeva's Avatar

    Hi Keiko,

    Thank you for using Universal Subtitles.

    The maximum number of characters per line can vary, depending on the video format (and media player used to play it), the size of video object embedded into your page, the character set used in your language, etc.

    As a rule of thumb, in most cases you should be good with up to 35-40 Latin characters per line. (As you keep typing, you may notice that after 50 symbols the edit field for the current line turns yellow warning you that the line is getting long.)

    Yet, to avoid disappointment, I would recommend you to experiment with the desired video format and size to make sure the limit you choose works well for you. After that, you can resume editing the subtitles and actually transcribe all of your video, from beginning to end.

    Happy subtitling!

    Margarita Shamraeva
    QA Analyst
    Universal Subtitles team

  2. m.shamraeva closed this discussion on 24 Dec, 2011 11:50 AM.

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