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Subtitling - Broadcast
FAB Subtitle Database

FAB Subtitle Database is a software package for a PC with Windows which is used for organized storage of subtitle files and workflow management for preparation of subtitles. A Master/Hot-Standby operation of two parallel systems is supported for failsafe operation.

The following functionality is included:

  • Manual entry of program to be subtitled into the database
  • Automatic watchfolder based XML import of playlists with subtitled programs
  • Selection of date/time of transmission and the person who will subtitle it
  • Alarm if subtitles are not prepared on time
  • Entry of subtitle files into the database when they are ready

The big advantage of using a subtitle database is that subtitle files are stored in an organized way and searching for any subtitle file that already exists is very easy. The fact that also playlists for automatic transmission of subtitles are stored in the subtitle database allows statistic queries to find out how many hours of program were subtitled per month/year.

The number of subtitle files which can be stored in the database is only limited by the hard disk size. Practically this means that millions of subtitle files can be stored in the database. A daily backup of the database is performed automatically.

To add/delete subtitle files into the subtitle database a client software is required which can be installed on any Windows PC. The software also allows searching for subtitle files, creation of playlists for automatic transmission of subtitles and more.

The subtitle database is multi-user enabled which means that multiple users can work on the database at the same time from more than one workstation PC.

Automatic import of XML files from watchfolders is supported as well as export of the database as XML and subtitle files.


  • Windows 7 64 Bit or higher, 4GB RAM, Quad core CPU
  • or Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bit or higher, 8GB RAM, Quad core CPU
  • Compatible with Windows Cluster and Windows Virtual Machines

The following broadcasters decided to use the FAB Subtitle Database:

ZDF, Mainz, Germany
NDR, Hamburg, Germany
ORF, Vienna, Austria
TVE, Madrid, Spain
SF, Zurich, Switzerland
RTS, Geneva, Switzerland
RSI, Lugano, Switzerland
NTV, Moscow, Russia




FAB Subtitle Database.
Standard Software for 1 PC.
Includes software license, 12 months software updates and 12 months technical support.



FAB Subtitle Database Additional Channel
Software license for playlist interface to FAB Subtitler BCAST for 1 additional TV channel, not required for Standby server. Standard software for 1 PC incl. 12 months software updates and 12 months technical support.



FAB Subtitle Database Hot-Standby.
Standard Software for 1 PC.
Includes software license, 12 months software updates and 12 months technical support.

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