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  1. Member
    Join Date: Mar 2009
    Location: Portugal
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    Hi there!

    ffmpegX is working fine to convert video files. I'm using it on Mac OSX 10.4
    But... I'm trying to add a srt subtitle to an AVI movie, and when I try the preview I get a syntax error on line 1:

    > sh: -c: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token ('

    I checked with VLC and Jubler and the .srt seems fine...

    Troubleshooting anyone?

    Thanks!
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    Join Date: Aug 2005
    Location: Palo Alto, California USA
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    That can be a symptom of a filename/pathname with odd characters, but it's hard to say for sure what's causing this in your case. But that's the sort of thing I'd look for.
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    Ok here it goes. This is the error I get when trying to encode.

    /bin/sh: -c: line 3: syntax error near unexpected token `('
    /bin/sh: -c: line 3: `<textsub filename="/Volumes/ZECAMIGO/Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Yume - 1990)/Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Yume - 1990) CD 1.srt" characterset="ISO-8859-1" fontsize="24.0" font="Arial.ttf" horizontal-alignment="center" vertical-alignment="bottom" left-margin="60" right-margin="60" top-margin="20" bottom-margin="30" subtitle-fps="23.976" movie-fps="23.976" movie-width="720" movie-height="480"'

    It's a slightly different error when I'm just asking for a preview.

    Two questions:

    1. Could it be because it is on a USB disk MS-DOS formatted?
    2. Should I try to convert de AVI file first and only after add the subtitles?

    Thank you very much?
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    Ok. Solved.

    I simplified the name of the files and folders involved (no spaces, braces or apostrophes) and it worked.

    Thanks.
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    Join Date: Aug 2005
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    Glad to hear that you solved it. Although the Mac OS itself doesn't have a problem with these filenames, ffmpegx is built on unix software modules, most of which are intolerant of such characters. That's a not-infrequent source of frustration. Congratulations on figuring it out!
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