Hello everybody. It's a great day to be involved in this hobby, because I know you geniuses will solve my problem quickly!
I've made a four minute mocumentary starring my eight year old, and for the first time ever, I'm delving into the world of authoring subtitles. I'm using Handbrake to embed subtitles from an SRT file, and I need to test them out as I go, but neither Windows Media Player or Quicktime will display them. I've turned on the relevant options, as far as I can tell. In QT, under View > Subtitles, there's only one option: Off, which is checked and grayed out. However, MediaInfo shows that there is a text stream with the following attributes.
ID : 3
Format : Timed Text
Muxing mode : sbtl
Codec ID : tx3g
Bit rate mode : Constant
Delay relative to video : 83ms
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2013-08-23 14:36:58
Tagged date : UTC 2013-08-23 14:36:58
I've also tried the Direct Play option in Plex Media Server/Client. It didn't show subtitles either, but I read it's not yet supported. I have no other Plex clients available at the moment (I do at home, but I'm not there). This is my end goal, however, to have it set up to stream properly, with embedded subtitles, to a Roku.
Can anyone recommend a free player which will support the text stream and/or another way to test it out? Perhaps a utility to rip the subtitles back out and compare it with what I'm putting in?
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What jagabo said.
Just so you know, QT and WMP are the WORST media players ever. To be fair, QT isn't really intended to be a "plays anything" kind of player. WMP sort of it, but it's incompetent. I have seen a fully patched and up to date WMP refuse to play unencrypted WMV that VLC handled without a hitch. That's just to show you what a POS WMP is. All you did was prove that the crappiest media players available can't play your file correctly.
and I need to test them out as I go
(And in SE I use VLC. ptiions -> Setting ... -> Video Play -> VLC Media player)
VisualSubSync (from Notepad++), it now plays fine in Plex. Maybe I was using the wrong character encoding or something. I still can't get them to show up in WMP or QT though. Not a critical issue, just a minor annoyance. Plex is what I really want to work, so I'm happy.
SRT subs are plain text. You can open them with Notepad to check them. For example:
1 00:00:01,714 --> 00:00:06,981 I had talked with my wife on the phone just before her accident. 2 00:00:08,855 --> 00:00:10,823 She died just after our quarrel. 3 00:00:12,825 --> 00:00:16,921 That's why Satoru feels so bitter towards me.
If you have DirectVOBsub installed and the Video and Subtitles named the same, in the same folder (e.g. Video.FLV/ Video.srt) Media Player and Potplayer for sure will display the subs as a test. Just be sure if you have FFDshow installed and your codec is AVC that ffdshow isn't used to play the AVC format as it will stop the subtiles from showing. All other formats do not seem to care.
Right clicking WMP while playing and selecting properties shows the DirectVOBSub as the automatic Video codec.:
Last edited by Budman1; 26th Aug 2013 at 10:06. Reason: needed info missing