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Can You Add Comments to a .SRT Subtitle File?

by mikebinz / January 23, 2013 3:34 PM PST

The general .SRT format is

1
00:00:20,000 --> 00:00:24,400
Altocumulus clouds occur between six thousand

2 etc

Is there any way to add a Comment (that doesn't appear on screen) and the .SRT File will still work properly?

Additionally or Alternatively, can anyone point me to a decent Spec for .SRT Files?

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SRT - comments
by Bannerdog58 / October 9, 2013 2:48 AM PDT

It was phenomenally stupid to design the SRT format without provision for comments or means to insert additional metadata.

We're stuck with the consequences of this mind-boggling short-sightedness.

Even the simple convention that any line starting with, say, ;; (double semicolon) is a comment, would have sufficed for many purposes.

I may inject "file level" metadata (i.e., as opposed to metadata on a per-subtitle basis) by creating a subtitle entry with starting and ending time offsets of all zeros. For example:

0
00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:00,000
Foo;Zot=5;Yabbadabba=doo

However, this does complicate use of programs such as Subtitle Workshop, because you can no longer use the "simple" mode which applies to the first subtitle through the last.

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