While you are working on subtitling or translating a video, it is best practice to frequently click the Save button in the Amara Editor. Each time you save in the editor, a new version of your subtitles is saved to the server without overwriting the previous version, which also remains stored on the server. These are called subtitle versions or revisions.
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 also roll back to a previous version if you need to quickly restore a different version of the subtitles.
View, Compare and Rollback Subtitle Versions
View Subtitle Versions
View and compare subtitle versions by going to the the video page and then clicking the subtitle language on the right panel:
On the subtitle page you can see who created each version, when it was created, and how it was created (you will see the words Edited, Uploaded, or API to indicate how it was created). You can click any revision (subtitle version) to view it, or check any two revisions to compare them.
Compare Subtitle Versions
Click the Compare revisions link on the subtitle page to get started:
Then select a maximum of two subtitle versions and click the Compare button:
Note: You are not limited to only comparing consecutive revisions; for example, you can compare Revision 3 to Revision 1.
The Compare Revisions page opens. Any changes between the two versions will show in the more recent version on the right side of the page. Changes to subtitles appear in red text. Changes to synchronization appear as a dotted red square around the start and end times:
Note: Title and description changes are not marked in red on the Compare Revisions 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.
Rollback to an Earlier Subtitle Version
You can revert to an older version of your subtitles. This can be useful if the most current revision has errors or changes that can’t be easily fixed in the editor.
To revert to an older version of your subtitles click the Rollback to version # button from within the Compare Revisions window:
When you click this button, Amara will create a new subtitle version after the last one, and it will be identical to the set you've selected to rollback to. For example, if you currently have 5 subtitle versions and you choose Rollback to version 4, a new version named Revision 6 will be created, and it will be identical to the subtitles in version 4.
Please note that the previous revisions will not be destroyed when you choose to rollback to a previous version; they will remain visible in the revision history. If you really need to completely hide a particular version from view, please send the following in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The Amara URL of the video (example link).
Reason for requesting a Revision be hidden.
When you’re finished comparing revisions scroll to the top of the page and click on either Return to Subtitles or Compare other revisions:
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