Showbread recently released their final album, and with it, an experimental movie based on their previous album, Cancer. As expected, the movie is a bit of a head-scratcher. It takes a few viewings to pick up on what is going on (I still don’t understand a lot of it, but I think that’s the idea), and I imagine it would be even more confusing for those who don’t already know the music.
Additionally, the movie’s core characters make up a punk rock band that frequently screams their lyrics in unintelligible fervor, which makes things even less approachable for “outsiders”. In the hope that I could show this movie to friends without having them miss the lyrics, I took some time to subtitle the movie. I’d like to make these captions available for others who are also interested in showing Cancer to the uninitiated.
I used FFmpeg to add the subtitle file to the movie. It is available for Mac, Linux, and Windows, though I only know that my instructions work on Linux. If you need to change something on another platforms, leave a comment about it and I’ll update my instructions accordingly.
- Download the caption file to the same directory as Cancer.
- Go to that directory in your command line (terminal)
- Run the following command:
ffmpeg -i Cancer.mp4 -f srt -i Cancer.srt -codec copy -c:s mov_text Cancer-subbed.mp4
(If your files have different names, make sure to update the command appropriately.)
- When watching Cancer in your favorite media player, turn on captions.
And that’s all there is. I hope this helps someone. Enjoy.