AGTH (Anime Game Text Hooker) is a program that captures texts sent by different applications to the screen and shows it as plain copy/pasteable text.
It's mainly used (as its name shows) to get text from videogames (especially visual novels), but it can work with other kinds of software too.
This is a tip for people who like to watch videos with Japanese softsubs. You can create a shortcut to AGTH adding your video player as a parameter (so that AGTH captures the text that your video player shows, such as subtitles and on-screen info). Then you load a video and its corresponding subtitle, and you'll have AGTH showing you the subtitles as plain text at the same time it appears on screen. Now you can use that text to create Anki cards or to lookup unknown words.
Last edited by Sebastian (2010 April 08, 12:22 pm)
and why not just extract the subtitle file using mkvmerge or whatever the tool is called?
Asriel got the idea.
So this is more or less having somewhat "rikaichan availability" while watching subtitles?
If so, then this could potentially be very useful for something I was thinking of creating a while back...
Yep. Actually, the subtitles that appear on the screen capture come from an .ass file, which you can open with any text editor. The point is that using AGTH you can have the subtitles displayed as coppypasteable text at the same time they appear on the screen with the video. You could just open the subtitle file and search the line by yourself, but that would be too cumbersome.
Something I forgot to add (though I noted this at another thread recently) is that you can use KMPlayer's subtitle explorer:
Right click -> Subtitles -> Subtitle Explorer
Or you can just hit Alt+Q
Then you can scroll up or down, double click any line and the video will jump to that point.
At other thread someone mentioned using Aegisub for this, but this method is much simpler, and allows you to watch your videos in fullscreen and switch to the subtitle explorer, AGTH or your dictionary only when you need them.
Update: If you use virtual desktops, you can have your video in fullscreen mode in one desktop and the subtitle explorer, AGTH and your dictionaries in another. Then you can watch your favorite videos in fullscren, pause the video, go to the 2nd desktop and check the subtitles whenever you want.