I love Amara, and have been trying their editor for quite a while, with good results. I only have one question that really bugs me: How on Earth do you make YouTube understand that some lines have to be Italic?
In one of my clips, there is a song, important to the plot.
This is what Amara on Demand Handbook has to say:
Caption plot-relevant lyrics
Plot relevant lyrics should be captioned in italics and with musical eighth notes at the start and end of each subtitle.
♪ *Tell me dear Billy,* ♪
So, that's what I did. The problem is, no matter what format I use, or if I use the synchronization, the formatting is not being recognized.
After consulting this page from Google, I have tried every file format there is, with the help from Subtitle Edit. The converted subtitles play just fine, with formatting on each and every player I have... But not on Youtube.
I attach an example of how it looks on YouTube, despite correct formatting of the subtitles.
Has anyone else experienced this? How did you solve it (if you did)?
Many thanks in advance!
Thank you for your reply, and your help!
I bet they will re-enable it if you purchase YouTube Red... ;-)
I don't know if I mentioned it, but someone on the web said that italics show on the "regular" video page, but not in the captions' preview window. Still no luck for me, though...
Oh well, I guess I have to wait and see... As usual with these big companies.
Anyway, thanks for your help!
I was able to get italics to work in my YouTube video by replacing my video's srt file with a vtt file that I converted here:
I don't know why it worked, since the code entries for <i></i> from the srt file wasn't replaced by other/different code in the vtt file (such as [i][/i] or something similar), and the subtitle listing in the YouTube subtitle editing page removed the <i></i> tags altogether. But it worked. Phew.
I hope it works for you :)
Thank you, Bret!
Actually you can download subtitles from Amara as a VTT file.
Maybe the explanation is that SRT doesn't support formatting : so formatting indications added in Amara appear as text html tags in the SRT file, and on Youtube when the file is uploaded there.
Whereas VTT does support them, so when the VTT file is uploaded there, the formatting indications do what they are meant to do instead of appearing as texts in the subtitles?
Just a hypothesis.
how to do
Please try format your Amara subtitles then download them as VTT and upload them to YouTube.