While you are working on subtitling or translating a video in a certain language, you most likely click the Save button in the editor a few times. When you click the Save button in the Amara Editor, a new version of your subtitles is saved to the server without overwriting the previous version, which also remains stored on the server.


A subtitle version includes the subtitle text, subtitle timing, and video title and description in the language of the subtitles. Multiple versions of the same subtitles can be shown on the subtitle language page. You can compare two subtitle versions and roll back to a previous version if you need to quickly restore the previous version after making an error before saving.

New style Amara teams

"New style Amara teams" refer to Plus, Pro, Enterprise, and Community teams. View and compare subtitle versions by going to the page for the subtitle language. From the Videos tab click the video card and then click the subtitle language on the right panel:


Video page on new style amara team with completed subtitle language link highlighted in the bottom right


Click the  Compare revisions link on the subtitle page to get started:



Compare revisions link highlighted on new style Amara subtitle page


Then select a maximum of two subtitle versions then click Compare button:


Select revisions dialog with two revisions selected in new style Amara interface


You can revert to an older version of your subtitles on the compare revisions page. This can be useful if a recent revision has an error in the subtitle text or synchronization that you would like to fix. 


Changes to subtitles appear in red text in the more recent revision. Changes to synchronization appear as a dotted red square around the start and end times. Click the Rollback button if you want to change the subtitles to match a previous version:


New style Amara compare revisions page with changes marked in red and the comparison section and the rollback button highlighted


Note: Title and description changes are not marked in red on this page. If you change the title or description of the video while in the Amara Editor, this applies to all versions of subtitles in that subtitle language.



Task-style teams


Some teams on Amara use the old team style, so their revision pages look different. Some volunteer teams, for example, still have the old style of user interface on Amara. Read on to see how to compare revisions with this different team style.


Click on the video card to view the list of subtitles created.  Then click the subtitle language to view subtitles, comments, or the revision history. In the Revisions tab, select any two subtitle versions on the revisions list.


After selecting the revisions that you want to compare, click Compare Revisions button:


Revisions tab on an old style subtitle page on Amara with two revisions selected


This will open a page where the selected versions are displayed side by side, with any differences in text or timing highlighted in red:


Compare revisions page on old style Amara team with changes highlighted in red between two revisions


On this page, you can quickly switch to earlier or later versions in the left and right columns by clicking <-Previous and Next-> links. This helps you to easily track changes made in each particular version without needing to return to the revisions list.


If necessary, you can roll back to any selected revision from the diffing page by clicking the red Roll back to version button.

The full list of all the subtitle versions is displayed on Revisions tab on the subtitle page:


Revisions tab selected on old style Amara subtitle page


You can see who and when created each version and how it was created (through Subtitle EditorUpload, or API). You can click any revision (subtitle version) to view it, or check any two revisions to compare them.



By default, only the 10 most recent revisions are displayed. To view more, please click Show More button at the bottom:


Show more button on revisions page of old style Amara subtitle page


If you are not happy with the changes you or someone else have made to the subtitles, you can easily switch to any earlier subtitle version of your choice by clicking the Roll back to version button:


Roll back button highlighted on old style Amara compare revisions page


When you click this button, Amara will create a new subtitle version after the last one, which will be identical to the one you've selected. 


Please note that the versions that were created after the one you selected to roll back to, will not be destroyed - they will remain visible in the revision history. If you really need to completely hide a particular version from view, please ask Amara staff to do so, stating why this is needed.