How to use Subly to caption a film for deaf / hard-of-hearing audiences
What is Subly?
Subly is an online service to assist in subtitling / captioning video.
LSFF has partnered with Subly to allow free use of the Subly platform to assist LSFF filmmakers in captioning their films for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
LSFF are committed to making the festival fully accessible to D/deaf & hard-of-hearing audiences. Please help us by creating fully accessible captions for your work.
What are captions?
See our guide on how to caption a film for deaf / hard-of-hearing audiences.
It's more than just dialogue - sound effects and music need to be captioned too.
Setting up Subly
Please log in to your Cinebox account. It will guide you through the process of signing up for a Subly account and connecting it to Cinebox. Please use a password you feel comfortable sending to us.
We will upload the video for you. Please don't upload yourself, to make sure the version of the film you caption is exactly the same version as the one which is screening at the festival.
When your video has been uploaded, we'll email you to let you know.
Editing captions in Subly
Subly automatically transcribes the dialogue. This will likely need editing as mistakes are common. But still, it's much faster than starting from scratch.
It will probably take you a 2-4 hours to caption a 10 minute film.
- To create a new caption press "enter" in the Subtitles panel.
- If a caption has been split into too short chunks, go to the start of the 2nd caption and press "delete" key on keyboard. The two captions will be merged into one.
- Don't bother with formatting - making text bold or changing font size etc. This will not be reflected in the final version on the festival's online player.
Prefer to use your own software?
You may find it easier to create an SRT file in your editing software. This is totally fine.
Probably the fastest way is to use the subtitles created by Subly, download as an SRT file, and then edit further in your editing software.
How to download captions from Subly
Downloadbutton in top right corner of the screen
Video with subtitles, choose
When you've finished creating captions
Download captions from Subly, or export from your editing software as SRT file (see previous section on how to export as SRT from Subly).
Send them to us via the Cinebox website or email them to us.
Please ensure you send us captions for the hard-of-hearing, and not a simple transcription of the dialogue.
Please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help.