Subtitld, open source software for transcribing and editing subtitles

about Subtitld

In the next article we are going to take a look at Subtitld. This is a subtitle editor PyQt5 for Gnu / Linux and Windows on which in linuxuprising published an article, and it is interesting to know and try.

With this program we will be able to edit or synchronize subtitles in our videos. Supports reading file formats; SRT, SSA, TTML, SBV, DFXP, VTT, XML, SCC and SAMI. It will also allow us to open videos in formats mp4, mkv, mov, mpg, webm and ogv, to work with them and the subtitles.

General characteristics of Subtild

  • This software can read various formats. Supports opening of common subtitle and video file formats.
  • Will allow us adjust the start, duration and end of a subtitle directly in the timeline.
  • Project / status information. The program will offer all the information we need.
  • Timecode information is always visible and the seconds are marked on the timeline.
  • It has automatic subtitles. It offers the ability to automatically transcribe subtitles, although while I tested this application, I could not get them to work correctly.
  • This program will give us the possibility of add a subtitle with an editable duration. We will also have the possibility to delete the selected subtitle.

subtitld working

  • We will also have the possibility of export recorded subtitles.
  • This program also has timeline zoom. This will allow us up to 20 zoom levels, which will make it easier for us to adjust our subtitles.
  • The program can display the grid to help visualize by frames, seconds or scenes. While dragging the subtitles, we can adjust the beginning / end by moving them around the grid.
  • Plays from the beginning of the last current subtitle / subtitle, from the current position of the timeline cursor, and from the beginning of the next subtitle. At the same time we can adjust the playback speed.
  • Undo unlimited changes. It will allow us to undo mistakes without limits.

configuration options in the program

  • It has default keyboard shortcuts looking to speed up the workflow. We can also configure custom keyboard shortcuts.

These are just some of the features of the program. Can be consult all of them in detail from the program website.

Install Subtitld on Ubuntu

First of all, say that we will probably need to install the following library on our computer for this program to work correctly, whether we install it from snap or install it from source:

install dependencies

sudo apt install libmpv-dev

This application is available for both Gnu / Linux and Windows. In Ubuntu we will be able to install Subtitld from Snapcraft. To proceed with this installation, we will only have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

install subtitld

sudo snap install subtitld

Once the installation is finished, we can launch the program looking for your pitcher on our team.

program launcher


If you want remove this program from your computer, you just have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run in it:

uninstall snap from subtitld

sudo apt remove subtild

If you prefer try this program by installing it from source, in the installation page Instructions on how to do it can be found in the project.

Subtitld development started less than a year ago. This means that the application has not yet been tested by a large number of users. The creators of this project encourage all users that if we find an error or want a function to be added in future versions, let us report it from any of the available channels:

  • GitLab →
  • Twitter →
  • Discord →

Subtitld is a software to create, transcribe and edit subtitles interesting to know and try. For get more information about the project, users can visit the project website. Even though all Subtitld options are intuitive, In case you find something that you do not know how to do it, users can consult the tutorials section they offer from the project website.

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