Add subtitles to your favorite videos with Overstream.net

Overstream is a service that lets you take videos from YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, and DailyMotion and add captions or subtitles to them. All you need is the video URL and then you can start adding captions and share your completed video with the Overstream community. Other users can rate your videos and leave comments – but you can keep them private if you want. You can also create a link to your video, email it to friends, and embed it on your blog or website. Here’s my screencast tour of Overstream:

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9 Responses to “Add subtitles to your favorite videos with Overstream.net”

  1. powerful video webchat June 18, 2009 at 10:44 am #

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  2. Overstream January 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Hannah: Veoh is supported: http://www.overstream.net/help.php#video_providers

  3. hannah Kim August 18, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    `can i upload videos from veoh though?
    bc thats the only place where i could find the video i need. bc i cant find any vid on youtube, gogle, dailymotion..><
    please help?

  4. Colm July 28, 2008 at 5:01 am #

    Mix I believe the Video and Subtitles are seperate files that play together – so you might of just downloaded the video. The Overstream website says:

    [strong]Can I download my overstream to my computer?[/strong]

    If you want to view an overstream somewhere where is no internet, you might want to download the overstream to your computer.

    First, you will need to download the video and the subtitles separately, and then use a video player to play them back together.

    Downloading

    To get the video (which is not hosted on overstream.net), you can use a service such as ClipNabber. Simply enter your overstream’s original video URL into this service, and you will get a link to download the video (FLV) file. To obtain the original video URL, visit the page where your overstream plays, and click on “Watch at [Video Provider]” link at the bottom. So, let’s say you have downloaded the video from the video provider using ClipNabber and saved it as myvideo.flv.

    Now, you will save the subtitles separately as a “.srt” file. To save the subtitles, open your overstream in the Overstream Editor, click on Tools in lower right corner and select Export as SRT. Click the ‘Save’ button, and save the subtitles as myvideo.srt (same name as the video, but with an .srt extension) in the same directory as myvideo.flv.

    If your subtitles have any non-english characters, at least on Windows you might need to do the following to make sure the subtitles render correctly. Open myvideo.srt in Notepad, and select File > Save As. At the bottom of the Notepad Save dialog you will see “Encoding”. Select “UTF-8″ encoding. (If you subtitles are in english only then it does not matter, but some other characters will only render correctly if the encoding is UTF-8).

    (Note: If you are having trouble saving the subtitles using the ‘Save’ button, you can do the following instead: Click on “Copy To Clipboard”, then open a text editor (e.g., Notepad in Windows by going to Start > Run > type “notepad”). Paste the clipboard contents into the text editor (e.g., either press Ctrl-V or select Edit > Paste from menu), and save the file. If your subtitles contain non-english characters, select UTF-8 encoding when saving.)

    Playback

    To view the video with subtitles, you will either need a video player that can can play the FLV video and the subtitles correctly, or alternatively, you can use a free software such as XviD4PSP to join the subtitles to the flv stream and export the resulting subtitled video in a format of your choice. To view separate FLV and subtitles, you can use one of the the following free video players:

    ZoomPlayer. Download CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack), and make sure to check ZoomPlayer when it will ask you which player to install.
    VLC Media Player. VLC also works, but in general seems a little harder to use than the ZoomPlayer.
    To play the FLV video, launch the video player (e.g., ZoomPlayer – it will be under Programs > Combined Community Codec Pack > ZoomPlayer), and then drag the flv file (e.g., “myvideo.flv”) into it. The video player will load the subtitles automatically if the subtitle file is in the same directory as the video file and has the same name (but with .srt extension).

    If you want to be able to just click on the .flv file and have your video player of choice play the video with the subtitles, you have to make sure that the .flv extension is associated with the video player (e.g., ZoomPlayer). One way to do that in Windows is to right-click on the .flv file and select “Properties”. At the top of those properties you will see “Opens With:”. You can click on the “Change” button, and then select ZoomPlayer from the list. Now, every time you click on any .flv file, it will open it in the ZoomPlayer.

  5. Lucho March 1, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    y

  6. mix February 11, 2008 at 1:12 am #

    i was trying to download videos with subtitles from overstream. however once i finished downloading it the subtitles were not there anymore. anybody here knows why?

  7. debedb October 29, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    @ontohollywood: Overstream gives you an embed code to embed into your blog, just like youtube and others do.

  8. ontohollywood October 17, 2007 at 12:27 am #

    Sounds pretty neat. How would one embed it into wordpress though?

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