[MPlayer-dev-eng] Re: [PATCH] new odml patch version 8

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Tue Mar 9 06:05:04 CET 2004

On Mon, Mar 08, 2004 at 07:37:45PM -0500, The Wanderer wrote:
> Tobias Diedrich wrote:
> >The Wanderer wrote:
> >
> >>Hmm. I take it, then, that you have an OpenDML AVI which contains
> >>soft subtitles embedded using OpenDML, and MPlayer with this patch
> >>can display them correctly? If so, what is the command line you
> >>use? (It's possible that I'm just missing a trick here.) If not, on
> >>what do you base your guess?
> >
> >No, the subtitles are probably not embedded using OpenDML. OpenDML is
> >'just' an extended index format, used to make seeking work in avis
> >larger than 2GB.
> >
> >Do you have an example of an avi with embedded subtitles?
> Several, all in the ~233MB range. Uploading just a sample wouldn't work,
> I think, because the subtitles are all contiguous at one point a fair
> ways into the file; if you want me to upload one of the complete files
> anyway, just tell me where


> I had been given the impression that OpenDML was intended both to extend
> AVI indices beyond the 2GB limit and to support more than just the basic
> one audio/one video stream in the file; if that isn't the case, I
> suppose I'll have to go back where I got these and look more closely to
> find out what actually was used.

AVI has always supported more streams. Just not many players would
play such files correctly, so it wasn't used. Also to my knowledge
there never was any standard for storing subtitles in text streams. So
it's just a hack some windoze dood came up with.


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