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Error Code:

TimedText-TimestampWentBackwards (Caption Time Backwards Error)

Error Message:

Time stamp 00:21:25.2000000 precedes 00:21:26.7010000


The time stamps do not appear in sequential order. In the example below you can see that event #2 attempts to start before the end of event #1 (see red timecodes)

00:21:21,467 --> 00:21:26,701
Give a man a fish. Feed him for a day.

00:21:25,200 --> 00:20:29,501
Don’t teach a man to fish and feed yourself.

00:21:32,200 --> 00:21:36,033
He’s a grown man. Fishing’s not that hard.


Open the file in your subtitling software. Most will flag this error upon import. Once the affected events are located, retime them to ensure the timecodes do not go backwards.

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