Gangnam Style in Ubuntu
Gangnam Style is a song by Korean rapper PSY (pronounced as in PSYchology), and it is currently one of the most popular songs on the Internets. It’s now the No 8 most viewed video of all time on Youtube. It is definitely the most popular Korean (k-pop) song worldwide.
The Gangnam Style video on Youtube was released on 15th July 2012, and currently it has been viewed over 470 million times.
The song is in Korean with only a few verses in English, making it difficult to lip sync.
Thus, I created phonetic subtitle files (.srt) in order to aid in lip synching the song; subtitles are found at
Currently there are phonetic subtitles for
So, you downloaded the subtitles. How do you download locally the Youtube video? Start the Software Centre and search for Youtube. There are several clients that support the downloading of the videos. For example, the youtube-dl command line client. In this case, you would run
which will download by default the FullHD version of the video clip.
Then, you can load the video clip in Totem (the default video player in Ubuntu), and select at View→Subtitles→Select subtitles… the appropriate subtitle file.
If you prefer a command-line video player, you can install mplayer2 (this is a fork for the «mplayer» project). The mplayer2 package defaults to UTF-8 subtitles which is good. You would play the video clip with a command line like
mplayer PSY\ -\ GANGNAM\ STYLE\ \(강남스타일\)\ M_V\(360p_H.264-AAC\).mp4 \ -sub PSY\ -\ GANGNAM\ STYLE\ \(강남스타일\)\ M_V\(360p_H.264-AAC\).en.srt
I used Aegisub in order to create the English and Greek phonetic subtitles. In Aegisub, you load an existing .srt file, the video clip file, and then you extract the audio from the video file. Afterwards you can edit in place each subtitle line.
If you manage to create phonetic subtitles for your language, feel free to send them over to add to the repository.
PSY has been doing a lot of promotional appearences.
If you can work out the lip syncing, you can then try to record a video singing Gangman Style. See Nixie Pixel‘s guide to recording video in Ubuntu using your webcam.