Hardsubbing is Passé


Progress has long left VHS behind in the pages analog history, yet there are hard working, dedicated fansubbers out there who still hardsub. The question I have to ask is why? In this day and age, it doesn’t make sense to invest so much time on the production process. Softsubs is the way to go.

Softsubs can be taken in two directions. Straight text formats (.saa, .srt, etc.) or encoded as part of the video (subtitles toggle on/off). The most efficent avenue is obviously the text format. The benefits range from fast turnaround (don’t deal with raws and encodes), less labor intensive (only need a translator and a person to write it out in a chosen subtitle format), and most importantly, dramatically reduced overhead. This is possibly the single best reason to move to softsubbing. Cost. Softsub files are about 60KB. Compare that to the average 180,000KB hardsub file and compute that with the cost of running a server. Softsub looking good yet?

Copyright 2007 (DoA)nimation.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an authority on fansubs, the f-sub community, or the subbing process. This is a simple logistics study supplemented by observation and research.

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