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.

View, Compare and Rollback Subtitle Versions

View Subtitle Versions

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 with completed subtitle language link highlighted in the bottom right


You can see who created each version, when it was created, and how it was created (you will see the words EditedUploaded, 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:

Subtitle page with compare revisions link highlighted in the top right



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

Compare Revisions page with two subtitle revisions selected. Compare button is in lower right corner.


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: 

Two subtitles compared. Highlighted are the red text that denotes changes to subtitles, and the dotted red square that denotes changes to synchronization.


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 a recent revision has an error in the subtitle text or synchronization that you would like to fix. 

If you are not happy with the changes you or someone else have made to the subtitles, click the Rollback to version #  button from within the Compare Revisions window:

Compared revisions page with Rollback to version # button highlighted in the top left.


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.  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 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.