How to watch subtitles (softsubs)

You can find/upload subtitle files for tv drama series here.
Please use the Fansubbing forum to discuss subtitles.
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How to watch subtitles (softsubs)

Postby iceberri » Sun Feb 20, 2005 3:42 am

What are softsubs?

Soft subs are subtitles that are distributed SEPARATE from the video file. They come as a text file, using extensions like .SUB, .SRT, etc. The reason for the different extensions is that there are different formats used for soft subs.

The purpose of soft subs is so that a single video file (referred to as the RAW file) can be distributed all over the world. Then the viewer can pick & choose which language he would like to view the subtitles in.

They're called soft subs because the other type are hard subs. Hard subs are subtitles that are rendered into the video itself. Some examples of files with hardsubs are encodes by Jem. Most fansubbing groups also choose to hardsub their works as well.

I have a subtitle file (softsub), how do I play it with my video?

1. Download and install VobSub. (Note: It is not necessary to do anything other than double-click the .exe file and to let it install. You don't need to manually load vobsub each time you want to view soft subs.)

2. Place sub file in the same directory as the video file. Make sure that they have the same filename.
Koukou Kyoushi ep02.smi
-----Your player cannot find Eng sub because of the file name.

-----Your player can find Eng sub automatically.

3. Play video and subs should be overlayed automatically.

Alternatively, you could try BSplayer, Media Player Classic, Videolan or RadLight which has functionality for loading subtitle files without having to installing vobsub.

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Info for DirectVobsub users

Postby MoerkJ » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:02 pm

If you use DirectVobsub (or its successor VSFilter) you can use a more sophisticated subtitles naming scheme.
Note that VSFilter is contained in several codecpacks, like the popular Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP).

MoerkJ wrote:DirectVobSub supports various naming schemes. I use srt here as example subtitle suffix.

1. same filename: movie.avi and
2. same filename with language tag: movie.avi and
3. above in a subtitle directory: movie.avi and [SUBDIR\]movie[.LANG].srt
you can configure various absolute and relative paths in the "path"-tab of the DVobSub properties

Thus, DVobSub would load all these for a video called movie.avi:

Btw, I really like to hide the subtitles in a subtitles subdirectory, especially when i have many different languages.

For more information please check the subtitles section of our VIDEO / TORRENT / SUBTITLE FAQ

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