|How to Add Subs to the DVD File
||[Jan. 5th, 2010|07:13 pm]
Okay, so this post is looooong overdue, and for that I apologize. I intend to describe the process by which you can take the video file from your Takarazuka DVD and view it on a computer with subtitles. |
I must warn you: This process involves several steps and requires that you download a few free software programs. However, should one of you be aware of a simpler method, please inform me and I will re-post it here.
A reminder: If you order your Takarazuka DVD through the forwarding service my friend and I have set up (send your request to igiarisub AT gmail DOT com), we will include a complimentary subbed, backup copy of the Takarazuka performance, which will save you from doing all the hard work yourself!
Alternatively, if you already own an official copy of the DVD and you don't want to go through this whole process, I am willing to create a subbed backup DVD for you free of charge (not including shipping and handling, of course!). However, you have to prove to me that you actually bought the DVD--otherwise, it's not a legal backup copy. Ideally, I'd like a picture of the purchase receipt, but if you don't have that, then just take a picture of the Takarazuka DVD case / DVD with a note next to it that says your Livejournal name so that I know it's you. Send all pics to gkkljapan AT gmail DOT com along with your mailing address. I will e-mail you back regarding shipping and handling charges.
Without further ado...
STEP 1: Obtaining the Video File
1) Download a program for ripping the file off the DVD. I recommend "DVD Decrypter": www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/
2) Install the program. Insert your Takarazuka DVD into your computer's DVD Drive.
3) Run the program. The DVD video is segmented into several parts, so the program will show you a list of all the segments. Select all relevant files--they should be labeled "VTS_01_1" and such. You can tell which are the main files by how large they are.
4) Select the Destination Folder so that you can find your files.
5) Hit the Decrypt button (it's the image of the DVD/Hard Drive on the bottom left).
6) Voila! In about 30 minutes your video files should be fully ripped. They will be in .VOB format.
STEP 2: Converting the .VOB files to .AVI
I have not found a way to add subtitles directly to a .VOB file. I'm sure there is a way, but it's probably simpler to work with .AVI files. So for this step, we're gonna 1) consolidate the .VOB segments into a single .VOB file and 2) convert the consolidated .VOB into an .AVI file.
1) Download the program "JoinVobFiles": download.cnet.com/Join-VOB-Files-Tool/3000-13631_4-10718007.html
2) Install and run the program. Select which files you want to join with the Add VOB Files button. Make sure they're in the right order, then click the Join VOB Files button.
NOTE: You might have noticed that the first file in the series (VTS_01_1 or whatever it's called) includes part of the closing credits even though it's supposed to be the beginning of the play. I don't know why the video file is structured like this, but don't worry--we will remedy this at a later step.
3) Download "VirtualDUB": www.videohelp.com/tools/Virtualdub-MPEG2
4) Install and run the program. Then open the joined .VOB file. This will take several minutes. Even if the program appears to freeze, don't close it. Just give it time and it will eventually open.
5) Once it's opened, you'll see the video appear in Virtualdub. Now, the first thing we need to do is to get rid of those credits at the beginning--they mess up the timing of the subs, since the subs are synced to the beginning of the play and don't take into account the erroneously placed ending credits. So how do we do this? Don't worry, it's not too difficult.
A. Make sure the timeline cursor is at the very beginning of the video (the farthest left possible). Hit the HOME key on your keyboard. This marks the beginning of the video frame selection.
B. Drag the cursor to the right until the credits fade out, but BEFORE the Japanese DVD Warning Message appears. This should be around the 00:31 mark or so. Once you manage to stop the cursor at the right point, press the END key. This will mark the end of your video frame selection.
C. You should see the part of the video you selected highlighted in BLUE on the timeline. At this point you have two options: 1) Delete this small segment of the credits if you don't care about it, or 2) save it as a separate .AVI file to be appended to the end product later on. If you choose option 1, simply hit the DELETE button and you're done. If you choose option 2, read below:
Now it's time to select the Audio and Video Codecs you will use to encode the file. I recommend either the DivX or XVid Video codecs, and the Lame Mp3 Audio codec. To configure the codec settings, go to the Video / Audio dropdown menus, select "Full Processing Mode," then select "Compression." Choose your codec from the list and configure your settings.
D. Once you've configured your codec settings, I recommend you save them so that you don't have to do it all over again after closing VirtualDub! Just go to File and then "Save Processing Settings." Save it somewhere easy to find. This will keep you from having to manually re-enter all your configurations after closing the program.
E. Go to File and select "Save Segmented AVI." The credits should now be saved as a separate .AVI file.
F. Finally, once you've finished saving the credits, it's time to cut them from the timeline. Hit the DELETE key. The timeline should now begin with the DVD Warning Message.
6) You're almost done! If you decided to delete the credits segment, refer to parts C and D above to learn how to choose your Video/Audio codecs and configure their settings. Once you've done that, go to File, then Save as AVI. The final .AVI file will be between 2 and 2.8GBs or so, depending on your compression settings. It will take 2-3 hours for the file to finish saving, so go do something else while you wait.
7) Presto! You now have an .AVI version of the Takarazuka play! If you chose to save the credits segment and want to append it to the main video file, here's what to do:
A. Open Virtualdub. Open the .AVI file of the play that you just saved.
B. Load your Processing Settings if you need to.
C. Go to Video, then select "Direct Stream Copy."
D. Go to File, then "Append AVI Segment."
E. Choose the credits .AVI file you saved a while ago.
F. Save the file. Don't worry, it'll only take a few minutes. And voila, you have a fully complete .AVI file of the play!
STEP 3: Adding the Subtitles to the Video
Now that you have your video file, all you need to do is to add the subtitles. Thankfully, this step is a lot easier than the last one.
1) Make sure you have the most recent version of the subtitles file. Check the previous blog post I made to find the download link.
2) Download and install VobSub: www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/subtitle_tools/vobsub.cfm
3) Place the subtitles file in the same directory as the video file. Make sure that they have the EXACT same filename.
4) Play the video and the subtitles should appear on the video automatically! If it doesn't work, you might have to configure your video player's settings to show the subtitles. If you're using VLC Player, you can open the subtitles file by going to File, clicking Advanced Open File, then checking the box that says "Use a subtitles file" and specifying the subtitles file you want to use. Then load the video and it should work!
Whew! That's the end of my tutorial. I know that it's a long process, and I wish I knew a better way. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at gkkljapan AT gmail DOT com, or you could just comment here.