Thursday, August 2, 2007

FAQ - Tchnical Questions

What is the difference between softsub and hardsub?

Softsubs are actually text files called .srt. They open with the RAW video and play. Hardsubs are where the subs are encoded onto the video making it one file.

What is a RAW?

RAW=Uncooked
Basically this means it is the original video without hardsubs. Though, Chinese drama RAWs come with Chinese hardsubs.

Why won't the RAWs play?

Chinese RAWs come as rmvb or rm file types. To play these files you need to install the Real Alternative codec.

Why wont the softsubs show up?

To watch softsubs you need to install the VobSub filter. Also make sure the softsub file and the video have the EXACT same name. If they don't then change it. It should look something like this:
[DoReMii]Why_Why_Love_04.rmvb (this is the video)
[DoReMii]Why_Why_Love_04.srt (this is the softsubs)
or
[DoReMii]Hotaru_no_Hikari.avi (this is the video)
[DoReMii]Hotaru_no_Hikari.srt (this is the softsubs)

It wont play. / There is only sound.

You need to update your codecs. I suggest installing K-lite mega. It's pretty much all perpose.
For rmvb files and rm files you will need Real Alternative as well. Also, make sure the H264 codec is actually enabled by checking the video configuration of K-Lite. We often use this codec.

Another option is to use a stand alone media player that has built in codecs. All that is needed is to install the player then watch. Here is a list of recommended palyers:
GOM Player - http://www.gomplayer.com/main.html
BS Player - http://www.bsplayer.org/
VLC Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


What is a 001, 002 file and why wont all the part play?

These are actually fragments of one file you need to download hjsplit and use it to recombine all the files before it will play properly.

Why can't I play the torrent file? What is a torrent? What is a tracker? What is a bt client? Why do I need a client?

A torrent is not a video file so it will not play in a media player. This is a common mistake people make. A torrent is a data file that with the help of a tracker site like D-Addicts, tells a special program where on other people's computers they can find peices of the whole file. It uses this to download the video you want in parts from other people and puts it back together properly. This is called peer-2-peer (p2p) filesharing.

To use a torrent file you need a torrent client. These are things such as utorrent and Azerus. You need one of these programs to manage your downloads and to connect to the tracker so your computer knows where to look for the file parts.

To download a torrent simply load the torrent file into your client and start the download. Because you are relying on other people and their internet speeds as well as your own, to provid you with the data, downloading from torrents can sometimes take a long time, especially for newly made torrents. Please try to be patient when using torrents.

However, if there are no seeds (people with complete files who are uploading) then it is a good idea to visit D-Addicts and politely request someone to help seed if they have a file.

What software do you use to sub/hardsub? / Can you teach me how to sub/hardsub?

Do to it biting me in the ass in the past I will no longer be any sort of tech support for aspiring fansubbers. I'll gladly teach our own staff members if they ask but everyone else I encourage to go out and do research. The internet is an amazing source of information and tutorials.
I recommend exploring www.videohelp.com It has all the info you could need about fansubbing software and how to use it.

21 comments:

Shadow Queen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ummm... *rubs back on neck*... I'm really sorry, but I still don't understand how to play softsubs. This is my first time using softsubs. I've downloaded everything I should need. I can play the RAW drama on windows player, but I don't know how to get the softsubs to play with it.

I would love to be able to watch these dramas before the hardsubbs come out, so please help me out.

Puppet Princess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Does the video and the sub file have the EXACT same name?

If that's not the problem...
What are you trying to watch? If it's ep02 of Hotaru some people were having the same problem. Two solutions. 1) Use KM Player. 2) Right click and open the subs as a notepad text document open a new file, copy-paste everything over and save the new one.

SHadow Queen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm trying to watch KO One 06 softsubs. I used 'submux' to add the softsubs onto the RAW, but it won't play. I used the exact same method to add the KO One 5 softsubs, and it worked perfectly. I can watch the RAW file, but after the subs have been added, it just won't play.

Shadow Queen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I figured it out! I was trying to open it with Windows Media Player, like I used with the KO One 5 softsubs. It turns out that I needed to open it with RealPlayer. Problem solved. Thanks for your help.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Im confused I dont understand Im trying to watch the first episode of the x-Family I downloaded the RAW and the SRT renamed them exactly alike and when it goes to windows media player IT DOESNT SHOW THE SUBS HELP PLEASE X__X.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hey.... when i download a .rvmb video type, how do i edit it?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hello guys, i've a question to ask you guys. i already dl the raw movie and the softsub from your blog, and i really want to do sth to help so you can save time and release the next 1 sooner. i convert the softsub w/ raw movie into .avi hardsub but it's kind of weird cuz the file after converted was to big 'bout more than 1G. i use winavi to do it. can any1 pls send me an email to tell me what or how should i do it or if you can show me anywhere i can be explained how to be a fine subber that's will be great. thankx you all so much and feel free to ask me do sth if you need me. i have acc w/ MU and also RS so i can upload the file for those who need DDL of course w/ your permit.
my e-mail: chjp.cute@yahoo.com

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ok so i downloaded all the pieces for ko one ep 05 and joined it together and it played perfectly in windows media player. then when i downloaded all the pieces for ko one ep 06, joined it together, and played it on windows media player, it said this file is corrupted. all the files are perfectly fine and i dont know why it doesn't work. help? i tried playing ko one ep06 on quicktime, media player classic, AND realplayer. realplayer only had sound and i DID download the klite codec package (full) and it still only played sound.

Kathy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hey, im a little confused with the softsubs. its my first time trying to use this. when i download the raw file. it can be from anywhere right? cuzz i cant seem to play the "torrent" files. OR do i need to use something to download the torrent raw file then can continue with the softsubs?

Puppet Princess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like I need to add a new section about torrents. Give me a bit...

got_kimchee? said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ok when there are sero seedings then who do i ask? any1 in general im trying to do angel lover 11... well basically all the ones that arent up not but rite now only ep 11.... help... some1? o yea plz!

Sophia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i have hjsplit and all the parts to ko one but for some reason when i join them it doesnt work can someone help me!!!

A said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

can you please tell me what program you use to make hard subs??

by the way thanks for all the dramas u have subbed in the past year!!!

Puppet Princess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Try looking at http://www.videohelp.com/ It will teach you anything you want to know.

love.sof said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i still don't get how to mix the subs and raw together.. >< i know yuve prob heard this alot but really sorry.. umm we use the submux thing so then i can put the subs and drag it onto the thing. but apparently... the raw isnt supported by the submux thingy cuz its avi... T-T is it possible that yu could teach me? my email is sarangheyo__X3@hotmail.com

Sarah Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

First off I want to thank everybody who works on all the subbing. I really appreciate everyone's hard work!

I have a question concerning softsubs. I am trying to watch ep 3 Legend star apple and i can't see any of the subs. I have real player alternative, and vobsub. Both the raw and the subs have the same exact title. I've even tried all the players, windows, real alt. and vlc and nothing shows up.

Can anybody tell me what i'm doing wrong? Thanks!

Hotaru^^ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Um...Haha *sweatdrops*
can you please help me with something? On the HJSplit, how do I watch the show? I tried joing and all, but it doesn't work (XD srry, I'm really bad at figureing stuff out)

AzNcn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello everybody,
I have a big problem to watch Why Why Love that I took so long time to dl :s :'(
Here's my issues :
First of all I downloaded it in d-addicts site (complete batch) in torrent.
Then after nearly a week of dl I was so excited that the dl finished so I wanted to look the drama then I launched Windows
media player classic even VLC but it's the same result : I have the sound and about the picture I only see line with some colours like when a TV is broken.
So as you say I downloaded K-Lite Mega and uninstall my other codecs but there's still the same issue >...<' I don't what to know =Xx Zen me Ban ^^', hope people can help me =$

AzNcn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hiiii I suceeded to watch the drama :) it's just that I hadn't the right version of VLC ^^' it was too old (a) ^.^'
Whatever thank you all :)
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(") (") enjoy..^^

crystal-martlet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was wondering if you had an email address that I could contact the staff with. I have a question that I don't think I should post here for public viewing. It isn't inappropriate or anything, but I'd feel better if I could email someone about it. Thanks!

Puppet Princess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

doremiifansubs@gmail.com

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