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How to Set Up VOD Subtitles on Dacast: A Walkthrough

By Jose Guevara

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Jose Guevara

Jose is a part of the Dacast Customer Onboarding team and started working with the company in 2016. He has vast experience in customer service/engagement and live streaming support.

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      In this guide, we will go through the steps for how to add VOD subtitles to on-demand video files. Bear in mind that this walkthrough assumes that you have already successfully uploaded video content.

      To start adding subtitles, click on the video file you wish to modify. Go to the “General” tab, and scroll down to “Subtitles”:

      Dacast - Set Up VOD Subtitles

      This displays all current subtitles on the video file, and gives you the ability to add subtitle files. To do this, click the “Create Subtitles” button. You will need to find WEBVTT (aka VTT files) or SRT files to upload.

      If you don’t already have them, these files are easy to create in a simple text editor.

      Here are two examples for WEBVTT and SRT files.

      WEBVTT Subtitle File Example

      VTT files are very easy to create using Notepad or any other plain text editor program. Below is an example of what a cue looks like for a VTT file. The first number is when the subtitle is supposed to appear. The second time stamp is when the subtitle is supposed to disappear.

      00:00:06,000 –> 00:00:11,000

      I hear there is a motion in the wind.

      00:00:12,500 –> 00:00:16,500

      Yes, I have heard it as well. Like a soft breeze of change.

      00:00:18,500 –> 00:00:24,000

      Isn’t this example a little too poetic for subtitle creation?

      00:00:25,500 –> 00:00:34,000

      Very, but it still gets the point across.

      If you want to use languages other than English, the VTT files must be saved using UTF8 encoding to have characters displayed properly.

      SRT Subtitle Example

      Here is an SRT example. It functions similar to the timestamp method of the VTT files.

      It will be formatted like this:

      • Subtitle Number: 10
      • Start Time –> End Time
      • Subtitle text
      • Blank line

      This is what it will look like in action:

      001

      00:15:25.000 –> 00:15:29.000

      This is a test subtitle A

      002

      00:15:29.000 –> 00:15:32.000

      This is a test subtitle B

      The example above would make the first subtitle (test subtitle A) appear at 15 minutes and 25 seconds in video playback. It would disappear at exactly 15 minutes and 29 seconds. 

      The second subtitle (test subtitle B) would appear at 15 minutes and 29 seconds, and then it would disappear at 15 minute and 32 seconds exactly.

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