|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. However, a few speedsub groups, such as Eclipse, produce work that is considered high quality.
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.