Line breaks

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27 Dec, 2011 12:34 PM

First I want to thank you for this great tool. It is very easy to use and is ideal to get everyone subtitling very fast.
Although I've just realised it is not possible to insert a line break in your editor, hence produce any subtitle according to international standards and norms. Do you plan to support it? Any expert in subtitling knows how important is to insert the line break in the correct place.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by m.shamraeva on 28 Dec, 2011 10:40 AM

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    Hi Jose,

    Thank you for using Universal Subtitles, as well as for your words of appreciation. We value your participation and support.

    Regarding your question, you are absolutely right that the subtitling dialog does not permit you to insert line breaks into the middle of subtitle blocks. This was done on purpose to avoid possible conflicts with subtitle file formats and media players that might not support advanced subtitle formatting. Instead, we encourage our users to keep lines short - as you type a subtitle line, you will notice the entry field turn yellowish after 50 characters as an indication that your line is getting long. If you still keep typing, you will see the entry field turn red, and after 110 characters you will be forced to start a new line.

    However, you are keen on inserting line breaks in the places of your choice into subtitle blocks, here's the tip:
    1. Transcribe and sync your video from beginning to end - once you've inserted line breaks, you will not be able to edit your subtitles without losing the breaks.
    2. Download the subtitles as a file in SRT format.
    3. Edit your file in a text editor of your choice, inserting line breaks where you need them (and yes, it's an awesome idea to keep a backup copy of the original SRT file, just in case something goes wrong).
    4. When you are done, upload the resulting file back to your video at (or use this file elsewhere as you like).

    Hope this helps, but if you have further questions or queries, please let us know, we'll be happy to help.

    Happy subtitling!

    Margarita Shamraeva
    QA Analyst
    Universal Subtitles team

  2. m.shamraeva closed this discussion on 28 Dec, 2011 10:40 AM.

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