[MPlayer-users] subtitle problems

Giacomo Comes comes at naic.edu
Fri Mar 11 13:39:47 CET 2005

On Thu, Mar 10, 2005 at 08:48:44PM -0500, MJH wrote:
> On Wednesday 09 March 2005 09:08 pm, Robert Henney wrote:
> > I encounter this with a few of my DVD's, although it's particularly
> > bad on this "Ikiru" DVD with subtitles frequently failing to appear
> > unless a seek is made to a position just before it should normally
> > appear.
> Having investigated further, this is what I'm seeing. No subtitles, but if I 
> skip forward at any point, they appear thereafter.

I have seen this behaviour but I don't remember since what version.
And it doesn't happen all the time.

> On Thursday 10 March 2005 02:38 pm, Robert Henney wrote:
> > Can you run mplayer with the "-v" option on one of those where no subtitles
> > at all are occuring, and then paste the output to this list.  There should
> > be some telltale clues such as which subs it thinks are available and which
> > ones it thinks it's being told to use, etc.
> Appended.
> > > > Or are you saying that on some DVD's not every subtitle will appear but
> > > > some will?
> > >
> > > I have one where only some of them seem to, but I didn't look at the
> > > subtitles on that one before running into this issue (as it's in my
> > > native language), so I don't know if it's just badly subtitled or if it's
> > > a real problem with that DVD.
> >
> > if this particular disc is encountering the same problems I've seen on a
> > few of mine (which I believe is unrelated to the earlier problem), then
> > this *might* be a workaround:
> > (adjust as needed for the particular disc)
> >
> >  mencoder -slang en -vobsubout temp -nosound -ovc copy -o /dev/null dvd://1
> >
> > that will put the subs into a seperate file.  then, try playing the
> > same movie as you normally would but include "-vobsub temp" in the
> > mplayer command line along with your regular parameters.  (probably
> > remove any "-sid" or "-slang" options though; mplayer should default
> > to using the explicitly given external subs file on its own)
> That doesn't work either. mencoder produces the subtitle files, but mplayer 
> doesn't display anything. What's more, skipping forward doesn't display the 
> subtitles either when reading from the file.

You need to specify -sid <n> too.


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