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Synonyms: speed sub
See also: speedscans, fansub
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Speedsubs are fansubs, ie fannish subtitles, which are produced and distributed very soon after an episode airs in its original country, usually within 1-2 days, or even as short as 12 hours. Some speedsubs are considered poor quality as a result.[1] However, a few speedsub groups, such as Eclipse, produce work that is considered high quality.[2]

Speedsubs became more common at the tail end of the original burst of digital fansubs, around 2003-2004. As some groups who were working on long series fell prey to delays, demand grew for faster releases.[3] Today, speedsubs and quality subs are not necessarily distinct categories, and they may or may not compete for the same audience of a show.

Speedsubbing groups and ripping groups are not the same, though their release speeds may be comparable in some cases.


  1. ^ Naruto speedsub warnings: are they really necessary? "Often when people say "speed-subs" there are often timing, video and translation issues." ~Slade, posted July 23, 2004. Accessed Nov. 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Eclipse Productions FAQ "We're not losing quality to speed as it is. Just taking more time wouldn't improve our releases; we do what we do, and when it's done we release. Having more time wouldn't help much if at all; it'd just make it possible for us to sleep some more." Accessed Nov. 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Speed Subs "I'm going crazy over here. Two days have gone by without a sub yet. I know SG isnt going to be doing it for 6mo., bakafish's translator is in germany, and i have no clue whats going on with good ol' SO. I need my weekly dose of Naruto!!!" ~Erocku, posted July 16, 2004. Accessed Nov. 18, 2012.