Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there software that can generate subtitles based on the speech from the a video file (e.g. WMV, MPEG, etc)?

share|improve this question
How? You mean, generating text from the speech of a video file? –  slhck Oct 3 '11 at 5:38
@slhck, something like that or similar. I believe that that is the only way to generate the subtitle for those video that do not have hardcode subtitle or subtitle file. –  Larry Morries Oct 3 '11 at 5:42
… well, or you could write them yourself. Haven't heard of a program that does this all in one step. Don't forget that this won't work reliably (see for example YouTube's auto close-captioning). –  slhck Oct 3 '11 at 5:44
@slhck, yes, google also have one (reference: pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360955,00.asp#fbid=O92izD-Xp-K) but I believe one day some company or research center will come one out. –  Larry Morries Oct 3 '11 at 5:48
Use iPhones siri.. just make sure its not Irish accent –  ppumkin Dec 15 '11 at 9:28

1 Answer 1

up vote 0 down vote accepted

I've tried that Youtube one and it's terrible - It can't deal with American accents let alone UK ones which I need.

The best solution I've found is http://speakertext.com/ they provide a captioning service for $2 per minute of video.

share|improve this answer
I will be on a lookout for software / website that can perform at a affordable and quality conversion. –  Larry Morries Dec 23 '11 at 6:28

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.