You know what I find really impressive about the whole TV BitTorrent scene? Subtitles. The folks who manage to get accurate, well synced and almost error-free subtitles up for an hour-long TV show almost as soon as they have aired are not only hard-working but essential. Thanks guys!
You know what’s not impressive? Finding those subtitle files. Most of the sites that maintain listings and downloads force you to click through about a zillion pages to get to a file, and then it might not even be the one you’re looking for.
But there’s help, in the form of apps like the brand new Subtitles.
I use (And will continue to use) the excellent (and paid-for) Subsmarine, but subtitles is pretty handy to have it all you ever need to do is grab an SRT file once in a while. Just drag the video file onto the app (not onto the dock icon though, sadly) and it’ll search for the movie or TV show and fetch the subtitle. The app will download that file to the same directory as the original movie file, and will rename it to match that file exactly (apart from the file extension of course).
This is important as may video playing and converting applications will automatically grab a subtitle file and use it if it has the same name and is in the same folder as your video file.
Subtitles has but one preference: you can check the languages you want it to search. Any video format is supported, and… well, that’s about it. It works, and it’s free.
What does Subsmaring get your that Subtitles doesn’t? The ability to query more than one online subtitle repository, and the ability to browse and download multiple files, just to make sure you got the right one (out-of-sync subs will drive you batshit crazy). It’s totally worth it if you watch a lot of subtitled TV shows, but otherwise you might as well just grab Subtitles. IT’s free and great.