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Updated 15/01/2013Home » Guides » How to Watch Subtitled Movies

How to Watch Subtitled Movies

Guide for watching videos with external subtitles in your PC or standalone DVD player using freeware programs.

This brief guide explains how to view movies with subtitle files easily.

Step 1: Check the external subtitle file

To avoid unpleasant surprises with the subtitles in the middle of the video, it is recommended to check the subtitles first with the freeware program DivXLand Media Subtitler.

Start Media Subtitler and open the subtitle file from the File > Open text or subtitle menu. The program supports the most popular sub formats, including SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI, etc.


DivXLand Media Subtitler is a free subtitle editing and correction tool.

By default, the program will scan the subtitles and fix all possible errors. A report detailing the corrections made will be shown after loading the subtitles.

Close the report (if appears) and save the subtitle from the File > Save menu. It is recommended to always save the subtitles in SRT (SubRip) format to ensure maximum compatibiliy.

Important:
Make sure to save the subtitles using a filename identical to the video file. Eg:
  • My Movie (DivX HD).avi
  • My Movie (DivX HD).srt
This way the subtitles will be auto-loaed when opening the movie.

Step 2: Configure Media Player Classic

In this step we will setup this free player to make it show the subtitles with a custom style.

Open Media Player Classic and go to the View > Options menu. At the Playback > Output section, you must select a DirectShow video mode that supports subtitles. You can select either the VMR-7 (renderless) or VMR-9 (renderless) modes, both support external subtitles.


Media Player Classic DirectShow video modes that support subtitles.

Now you should set the subtitles style, from the Subtitles > Default Style tab. It is recommended to use a simple font such as Arial, a Border width of 1 and a Shadow depth of 1 as well, as shown below. Clicking on the button inside the Font section will show the Font Selection dialog, where you can set the font type and size.


Subtitle style selection for Media Player Classic.

Click OK to save all the settings and restart Media Player Classic to apply the new DirectShow video mode selected. All these settings will be saved permanently.

View subtitled video with Media Player Classic

Once Media Player Classic has been configured, simply open the desired video file and the subtitles will be automatically loaded. Remember that for this to work both video and subtitle files need to have an identical filename.


Media Player Classic using the internal subtitler filter.

Now you can adjust the subtitle style at any time without reloading the video or closing the player, the new style will be applied immediately.

View subtitles on standalone DVD player with DivX® support

Most standalone DVD and BD players with DivX® video support can show movies with external SRT subtitles, as long as they have been perfectly checked to avoid errors.

Most Philips DVD players now support DivX® video and external SRT subtitles.

To watch subtitled movies on these, make sure to burn the movie and subtitles using an identical and short filename (such as 10 characters) to ensure they will work. Start the movie and use the Subtitle button in the remote control to enable/disable the subtitles.

On these players you will rarely be able to edit the subtitles style. You can, however, perform a firmware upgrade on certain models to modify the style, but you must use third party firmware (unofficial) that is not guaranteed to work and could damage the device when choosing the incorrect one. Make sure to proceed with caution in this case.

You can also embed the subtitles on the AVI video as explained in this guide if your player does not support external subtitles. In this case you will be able to set the subtitle font and style desired, but this process requires recompressing the entire video, with the inherited loss of video quality.

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