[MPlayer-dev-eng] Re: ogm subtitles are a little weird

Loren Merritt lorenm at u.washington.edu
Mon Mar 29 20:01:46 CEST 2004

On Mon, 29 Mar 2004, Andriy N. Gritsenko wrote:
> Sometime (on Saturday, March 27 at 17:12) I've received something...
> >On Sat, Mar 27, 2004 at 01:27:20PM +0200, Andriy N. Gritsenko wrote:
> >> >1. I must now run mplayer _manually_ from command line to see subtitles.
> >> >Nor -sid nor -slang never worked. I can't use -sid X since I never know
> >> >what is first text substream, it may be 2,3 or even 4, so I can't find
> >> >out it before I play and then I have to manually run mplayer. I can't use
> >> >-slang either since ogm format may define language only in comment and
> >> >that is optional. It's too weird for me since I used to play video by
> >> >just pushing 'Enter' from Midnight Commander or by clicking on it from
> >> >gui filebrowser. All old versions of MPlayer played it well and now it
> >> >want me do two manual operations to play each file. Any other format
> >> >except ogm never want me do such weird thing.
> >>     I've found a solution for this myself. I see '-sid 0' has no sense
> >> because text stream never could be first stream in .ogm file. So let's
> >Why could it never be the first??
> Because first stream is always video stream, it's obvious. And anyway if
> there will be any dumb man who will put text stream as ogm stream 0 (I
> think, manually, eh?) then anyway with -sid 0 you will have that text
> stream subs. It may seem a little tricky but it'll work and it's only
> solution for that damn ogm subtitles! I never wanted to watch each file,
> typing all parameters and file name in command line and even twice. I
> understand, Unix was designed to don't have any human-friendly interface
> and I have to do anything by typing without mistakes and all shells and
> graphics are perversion, but anyway I don't like that way anymore. ;)
>     With best wishes.
>     Andriy.

While I don't have a proper patch, I have written a script to automate
the selection of the desired language track. I didn't intend to publish
it, but if anyone finds it useful:

-- Loren Merritt

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