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How To Generate Shot Changes In Subtitle Edit

If you want to add shot changes to the waveform in Subtitle Edit, you don’t have to painstakingly go frame-by-frame and add them manually. Instead, you can auto-generate shot changes by using a feature that not many people know about. Here is how it’s done:

1. Download FFmpeg from here. Make sure you select the right version and architecture for your computer’s operating system:

You don’t need to install FFmpeg — just extract the archive’s contents into a folder.

2. Launch Subtitle Edit, go to Options > Settings > Waveform/spectrogram. There, in the bottom-right corner, check Use FFmpeg for wave extraction and add the path to the file ffmpeg located in your folder:

3. Open your video and add the waveform by clicking on the corresponding UI element:

4. Go to Video > Import Scene Changes, click Get scene changes with FFmpeg and wait until the program finishes its job.

5. Done! Now the waveform will have shot changes shown as vertical white lines:

(Note that the approach described above doesn’t currently work for the languages that have the comma as the decimal separator. If this is the case for you, you can use SE Beta for the time being. The issue will be fixed in the next update scheduled to come out in August 2018.)