Importing Subtitles to DVD SP

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[ This article was first published in the January, 2008, issue of
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Dave Victorson writes:

Here’s a question for a pro: I use a third party vendor to create the subtitles. They import just fine when the video track contains a Quicktime Video (imported into DVD SP). I get an error message when the video track contains a .m2v video (imported into DVD SP).


Here is the exact error message.

Import Subtitle File


No corresponding subtitles found. The video asset timecode may not correspond with the timecode specified for the subtitles in the import file or the file is invalid.

Any ideas?

Larry replies: Yup. The problem is that importing subtitles or markers into DVD Studio Pro requires a timecode reference. When you export out of Final Cut, your timecode starts at hour 1. When you compress an MPEG-2 file, by default, the timecode starts at hour 0. In other words, the timecodes don’t match, which breaks the import process.

To fix this, either change the timecode references in the subtitle text file, or change the starting timecode in Compressor before you compress the file.

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