Carolina Maria wrote the following guest blog for Caption Action 2, about creating subtitles for Netflix streamed videos.
Watch Streaming Movies in Netflix with Subtitles/Captions!
Netflix is a rental service of videos that provides its subscribers with two options:
1. Pick movies or any other video you wish to watch and they will mail the movies to your residence.
2. Instant watch; Streaming movies or any other video that you can watch on their website right away, without download.*
3. Netflix Ready Service: You use a device they provide you with to hook up with your TV and watch the videos there.*
*Not all videos have this ability, however the numbers are increasing.
For Instant Watch, they do not have captioning on their videos yet and when they do start implementing, it is not guaranteed that they will start to enable subtitles for every movie.
Recently, a .DFXP converter was developed (JoshErickson.com). It lets us convert the most common file extension for subtitling, .SRT, to .DFXP, which is good news because Microsoft's Silverlight, the program Netflix uses for their streaming videos, only recognizes that extension to enable subtitles.
However, it's not that simple. It just happens that Netflix has different timeline for their streaming videos (for example, added introduction for Netflix at beginning). In that case, the subtitles and the Netflix's video are not synchronized. You might end up reading an line that is only spoken 5 seconds later.
Since I am deaf, I was frustrated so my friend and I decided to convert the .SRT files to .DFXP and correct the timing of the subtitles to match Netflix's streaming videos. We thought, if we are going to do that... Why not share the files, readily available, for other Netflix's subscribers too?
You can download the .DFXP files of subtitles for Netflix videos on the Website www.carolinamaria.com/nfsubs and follow the newest uploads on Twitter, www.twitter.com/nfsubs. You can check the instructions here, which is surprisingly simple and short.
Please note that, unfortunately, the .DFXP does not work on the Netflix Ready Service. It only works when you watch the movie on your computer.
Enjoy the movies!
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