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hector
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ASS and other subtitle file formats

Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:20 am

Hi.
I've been lately trying to exploit SSA and ASS capabilities. Experimenting with format, colors and all that.

I'm working with a specificacion for ASS V4.00+. I think this is a development over SSA V4.00.
That makes me think there were former versions of this format specificacion (up to version 4) but I couldn't find them anywhere. About the specification I have now, I found it somewhere in the Internet in MS Word (.doc) format. It doesn't seem vary formal and it has some voids and unclear things.

Does somebody know where can I get the SSA (V4) specification. Some things seem to have changed between V4.00 and V4.00+.

Could I have some figures about the file formats in OS? When I look around SRT seems to be the winner by large.
SSA/ASS, SRT, SMI, SUB, WebTT...

Is there an alternative to ASS if you want to use format?

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Re: ASS and other subtitle file formats

Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:31 am

Hi,

you did pretty good job for finding out the specs, but honestly I dont know what is difference between two of them.

There is standard format https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebVTT - maybe this will help you.

here is stats from OS:

Code: Select all

srt   3643608
sub   386910
tmp   60568
ssa   59031
mpl   43923
txt   6951
smi   5232
vtt   53

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hector
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Re: ASS and other subtitle file formats

Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks. I think I'll have a look at WebVTT.

When I create SSA files I try to follow the specification but it is a little difficult when the specification is not very clear. So they could have interoperability problems.

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