I have an idx/sub file combo of a Japanese movie, the subtitles are in Japanese (tesseract ocr won't work I guess).
I can see the file on the video with no problem while watching the movie, but for study purposes, I would like to easily go through the entire file (possibly time stamps included) and print it onto paper. How do I do it?
I remember some subtitle extractors allowed me to print PDF, but I tried the thing 4 years ago by chance and I have no clue now.
Thanks for your help.
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You can convert the idx/sub to a SUP file.
(Eg, with DVDSubedit.)
You can then view the SUP file with DVDsubedit.
I notice that GuiforDVDAuthor includes a utility, sup2png, that extracts the subtitles from a SUP file to a folder of PNG images.
There are image display programs that could display or print these in batches.
Almost all subtitle programs require you to run Windows with code pages other than Latin if you want to work with subtitles in another character set. In general the process is to go through
Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Advanced -> Select a language to match the language version of the non-Unicode programs you want to use
and then you would pick whatever Japanese code page makes sense for what you want to do. I cannot promise that doing this will not have any undesirable effects on your PC. It may set the display language to many programs you have installed to Japanese.
You may be able to convert the IDX/SUB to SUP as AlanHK says without following my method, but to actually look at the subs in Japanese you will almost certainly have to do what I said. You can always try to open the subtitles without following my suggestion, but if they won't display then you have to do it.
My nevermind above was because I explained how to view them, but couldn't help with saving out pics. He can easily view the IDX/SUB with timestamps by opening them in SubResynch (included with the VobSub package) and clicking on a timestamp. He can instantly convert to SUP with SubtitleCreator and also view both the VobSubs (IDX/SUB) and SUP files in that program. He can save out BMPs from VobSubs using SubRip. It was the printing part I didn't know and that AlanHK half solved.
The fact that the IDX/SUB subs are in Japanese has nothing to do with viewing them since they're just image files.
As for printing them en-masse after extracting them as PNG or BMP as above; for instance using Irfanview:
File/Thumbnails to show all the images, then
File/Create contact sheet from selected thumbs or
File/Save selected thumbs as an image.
Last edited by AlanHK; 21st Sep 2010 at 20:44.