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I'm wondering if it's possible to download subtitles for the TED talks for offline viewing.

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Parsing and Converting TED Talks JSON Subtitles.

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Think you need to check with TED for that. The talks are available in many languages, but that's as part of the flash experience, so I can't see how to extract the subtitles. Nice idea though. – outsideblasts Dec 23 '09 at 8:50
See It lets you download a TED talk to an mkv file with all the subtitles/metadata embedded in it. – Mansour Dec 16 '12 at 5:19

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This is not an answer just a hint . I have found the URL which loads the related file like this , and its in JSON format.

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It's but thanks very much for the tip! I'm going to see how I can convert those to a compatible format now. – Alix Axel Dec 23 '09 at 18:28
Are you saying it's both not a hint nor an answer? – random Dec 24 '09 at 3:07
ha ha , Fixed :) – ukanth Dec 24 '09 at 10:13

I made a app to solve this:

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Well, now it doesn't work – develop7 Oct 22 '10 at 8:28
awesome! thank you very much! – valya Apr 3 '11 at 11:20
should be working now, @develop7. – eordano Sep 15 '11 at 13:17
It does not work for now. – lauhub Apr 3 '14 at 12:57
fixed again! it stopped working because of TED's ui changes – eordano May 2 '14 at 23:29

Just paste this URL:

  • change 33 to the correct topic id
  • change en to the language you require


and you will be able to download a nicely formatted spreadsheet of the subtitles per time stamp.

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