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Jan Finster

TTS for subtitles

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Jan Finster

I wonder if there is a good solution to having Chinese movie subtitles read to you. Ideally, I would like to have the character that is just being read highlighted (including automatic scrolling), so I can keep track more easily. Also, it would be great if I could (optionally) see the English translation and pinyin support.


Currently, I have found this TTS site, which I like a lot: https://www.xfyun.cn/services/online_tts


However, it does not do the other things I mentioned above.


Here is a sample from the movie The Grandmaster:



Kung fu: two words.


Horizontal. Vertical.


Make a mistake, horizontal.

错的  躺下喽

Stay standing and you win.


Isn't that right?


Not bad.


A master of Wing Chun.


The new hope of the South.


What's his name?




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I'm curious as to why you would want to do this. Movies are such a great source of audio, with dialogue created by and for native Chinese speakers. The perfect learning resource. Why have TTS  butcher the audio?


I would recommend instead using Subs2SRS to create flashcards with sentences extracted from the movie/TV show, then use Imron's Chinese Text Analyzer to add definitions/pinyin of unknown words, as described here.

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