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*Note: SRT files from certain software will omit the first title when converted with SubSimple.
Re-save the SRT file in TextEdit (Mac) or WordPad (PC) and SubSimple will be able to read all your titles.

The SRT subtitle format is the subtitle file outputted by the open source SubRip program. The SubRip program uses optical character recognition to convert video burn-in subtitles into a subtitle text file, with the .srt extension (SubRip Title).

The .srt extension can be opened and modified with any text editor (TextEdit, Notepad) so that it can be proofread, edited or translated by anyone using a word-processor.

The SRT format uses timestamp, and basic html-style formatting information to encode subtitle information in UTF-8 text format. The simplicity of the encoding combined with the versatility of timestamp timing make it a broadly popular format. In addition, it’s open-source! So it’s compatible with all subtitling programs and it has become an accepted format for delivery of web-based video subtitles.

The disadvantage of this open source format is there exists many variants that are not universally standardized. These variants mostly include html tags to encode positioning, text color, font information, etc.  However, this information is not universally decoded.  This has led to the development of the WebVTT (Web Video Text Track) format which is broadly based on SRT but has a clearly defined standards.

The SubSimple program encodes only bold and italics formatting, while most other formatting parameters can be globally modified in video editing programs.

The SRT format is a great way to transfer subtitle information from subtitling programs, to proofreaders and translators and into editing programs for on-screen video rendering.

An example of SRT:

00:00:00,233 –> 00:00:04,203
<i>Today we’re gonna make one of my favorite
experimental dishes, it is called</i>

00:00:04,204 –> 00:00:10,143
Curry Coconut Stir Fry Chicken,
for this recipe we need

00:00:10,143 –> 00:00:14,814
coconut milk, which you can get
pretty much anywhere,

00:00:14,814 –> 00:00:15,347
and curry paste, which is pretty strong.



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