I created subtitletools.com back in January 2017.
A few months before that I met a girl while studying abroad in China.
We enjoy watching movies together, but usually Chinese subtitles come in formats that wouldn't display correctly on our TV.
I created a basic converter to fix this problem and put it on the internet.
It turned out more people had this problem, and the site started organically attracting more and more visitors.
I've kept working on the site since then, mostly on tools I needed myself, but also on tools and features requested by users. It kind of snowballed since then, and now the website helps more than 75,000 unique users per month.
Subpictures are subtitles that contain pictures.
The "sub/idx converter" and the "sup converter" convert these subtitles to srt.
In the last 12 months, 250,445 subpicture files were uploaded (2.4 tb, 686 per day)
The tools extract the images from the subtitles, and then use OCR to read the text from the images.
In the last 12 months, 139,350,653 images were extracted and OCR'd (314.1 gb, 381,783 per day)
OCRing is hard work. When the OCR is running, it uses 100% of a CPU core until it is done. To support the heavy load, I spread out the work over multiple servers.
In the last 12 months, 17995 hours were spent OCRing (49 hours per day)
The site supports a wide variety of plain text subtitles.
The plain text subtitle tools include all tools, except the subpicture tools described above.
In the last 12 months, plain text tools were used 2,874,179 times (7,874 times per day)
You can upload multiple files at the same time when using these tools.
In the last 12 months, a total of 5,356,299 files were uploaded (463.8 gb)