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We're only a month away from Christmas holidays, which means you're likely stocking up your armoury of volcano projects, beading kits, sand art, and other activities meant to keep your kids' brains from turning to noggin-mush over the break.

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YouTube's closed caption options are a useful option for the hard of hearing (or language learners), but a new enhancement letting you view the entire transcript for a video makes them useful for those of us who'd rather read text than watch a video.

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Windows only: If you've wanted to put the subtitles for a video directly into its own file for maximum compatibility across players and platforms, VirtualDub and VobSub will help you merge the two. Why would you want to embed your subtitles, when almost all popular media players—like the ever-useful VLC—will load subtitles along with the master video file? Smaller media devices like the iPhone and PSP won't recognise subtitles, and burning your subtitles to a disc for playback in DVD players is an absolute crap shoot of compatibility. If the subtitles are part of the video file itself, they can be displayed on any device that can display the video. Simon at technology blog MakeUseOf has put together a step-by-step tutorial on using the free programs VirtualDub and VobSub to embed subtitles into video files. If you don't already have the screen text for your video, make sure to check out Sublight (Windows) and Subdownloader (cross platform), which we've recommended for searching and matching subtitles. VobSub uses the VirtualDub engine the same way as the previously reviewed DiVXLand Media Subtitler, although the interface on VobSub is slightly more user friendly. The entire process outlined below involves a re-encode of the video file and is quite CPU intensive, so expect the process to be nearly real time—a two hour movie takes roughly two hours to embed with subtitles. Hit the link below for the full native subtitle lesson. Photo by WorldIslandInfo. How to Add Subtitles to a Movie or Television Series

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Windows only: Sublight is a subtitle organizer with a built in search function. Users can search for movie and television show subtitles in multiple languages. Sublight pulls from several popular subtitle databases to save you the hassle of individual searches on each site. The interface is easy to use, although with television shows especially, it's best to abandon the automatic search and manually search. For another great subtitle finder, check out Subdownloader. Sublight requires Microsoft .Net 2.0 or greater and is freeware, Windows only. Sublight

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Windows only: While many media players happily play subtitles that are separate from a video, you can still embed subtitles directly into a ripped or downloaded movie file with free utility DivXLand Media Subtitler. With support for over 30 different subtitle formats and 15 different video formats including MPEG, DIVX, and XVID, you'll rarely come across a combination of subtitle and video you can't combine. Subtitler made short work of applying English subtitles to the nearly 60 years' worth of Godzilla movies I threw at it. If it can handle a lifetime of a man in a rubber lizard suit it can definitely handle your foreign film collection. If you find yourself with a big pile of foreign films but a short stack of subtitles, check out recently reviewed Subdownloader to find subtitles for your media. For a solution that adds the subtitles as you are creating a DVD of the movie file, check out this tutorial for DVD Flick. DivXLand Media Subtitler is a free download for Windows only.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: Cross platform application Subdownloader makes short work of locating subtitles for your movies. Subdownloader uses a fast hashing algorithm, which, according to the developers, tears through about 4GB of movies per second. The application will search through folders and subfolders and can even handle seasons of television shows. Subdownloader also supports manual searches if you need subtitles for a file or DVD that isn't stored on your computer. Subdownloader is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux (requires Python to run).

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