[MPlayer-users] VobSub subtitles

Ulion ulion2002 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 04:02:40 CEST 2008

2008/4/15, Rashkae <rashkae at tigershaunt.com>:
> Nick Koretsky wrote:
>  > Hi!
>  >
>  > Is there really no way to override vobsub colors from comandline? With all
>  > the vobsub-in-mkv with weird or no palette lying around this is an
>  > extremely needed feature...
>  > Having a sane default (like white with black outline) for no
>  > palette is a good idea too, i think mplayer is an only media player
>  > that shows black-with-black in that case. Actually, considering the fact
>  > that mplayer cant show colored vobsubs anyway, why bother reading palette
>  > at all? Why just not stick to white-with-black as default with ability to
>  > change it from comandline?
>  >
> I think the mplayer detection of palette is much improved in new
>  versions,, it almost always produces something easy to read for me now
>  when there is no palette.  Unfortunately, this only works with sub
>  embedded in an mpeg file (ie, a DVD rip).  It's assumed you have a
>  proper idx file when you merge with a Matroska file, for example.
>  The problem is, vobsubs do not have 2 colors (outline and fill),, they
>  have 16 colors.  When you manually specify vobsub colors (by making your
>  own idx file, for example,), you have to figure out which color was used
>  for the fill and which for the outline, and you have to test for the
>  entire video, because there will often be subs that use a different
>  color combination (for background comments, translation of written text,
>  episode information, etc.)
>  In any case, if you want to experiment, you have to modify your own idx
>  file.  Extract the vobsubs with -vobsubout option
>  Find the palette line in the idx file:
>  palette: 000000, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282, ffffff,
>  828282, bababa, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282, 828282

there could be a 'custom colors' setting line in .idx file of vobsub,
there's only 4 colors you need to specify to display vobsub in your
custom colors.

>  If it's not there, you need to add it.  As you pointed out, mplayer
>  can't display subs in color, so you might as well replace all those
>  numbers with either 000000 for black or ffffff for white.
>  Play the movie with -vobsub option to use your own external vobsub
>  files.  You have to experiment to find which of those values you have to
>  change for each movie to get subs that look acceptable toyou.


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