Subtitle files store dialogue and commentary for film and television shows in text format. You can display onscreen subtitles while watching a movie or show using Media Player Classic and VobSub, which are both freeware programs. Although Media Player Classic natively supports subtitles, VobSub offers additional features, such as DVD-to-subtitle ripping and tools to synchronise incorrectly timed subtitles with a video. It also lets you change the font, colour and size of subtitles and adjust their location on screen.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Download and install Media Player Classic and VobSub (see Resources).
Click on the "Start" menu. Open Media Player Classic by selecting it from the "All Programs" submenu. Select "Options" in the main menu, and then uncheck "Auto-load subtitles" under the "Playback" submenu. This disables the program's built-in subtitle support. Close Media Player Classic by clicking "File" and selecting "Exit."
Click on the "Start" menu and open VobSub by selecting it from the "All Programs" submenu. Click on the "General" tab. Choose "Always load" from the "Loading" drop-down menu, and then click "OK." VobSub will automatically load when you open Media Player Classic and watch a DVD or video with subtitles. Click on the "Misc" tab and enable "Hide subtitles" if you prefer to display subtitles manually.
Run Media Player Classic and open a DVD or video with subtitles. VobSub will load the subtitles automatically, unless you changed this setting. To manually load subtitles, start VobSub and right-click on the program icon in the Windows system tray. The program will ask you to locate the subtitle file. You also can right-click on the VobSub icon to access subtitle settings if you need to adjust their appearance, switch languages or disable them temporarily.
Tips and warnings
- Subtitle files in SRT, IDX, SUB and SSA format must be stored in the same directory as the video file to load automatically. You also must give subtitle files the same name as the video file. For example, for a video named "Movie.avi," you would need to name the subtitles "Movie.srt." VobSub can still manually load a subtitle file with a different name than the video file.
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