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Cannot get subtitles to work

Discussion in 'DVD Shrink forum' started by dave964, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. dave964

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    I've got a number of DVDs (e.g. The Tourist, Babel, Crash) that have foreign language parts and no matter what I do, I cannot get subtitles to appear when I re-author with DVDShrink. I've found several threads on subtitles - and I'm pretty sure I'm following the instructions - but I cannot get it to work.

    I am using the latest version from this forum (3.2.0.15). Here's what I do :

    - I go to re-author mode and copy just the main movie part.
    - I ensure that the sub-picture part for the foreign subtitles is checked (confirmed it's the right stream by checking what windows media player is playing on the DVD).
    - I right click on the main movie in the re-authored pane, choose "Select default streams" and choose "display the following subpicture stream" - and ensure it's the stream I selected
    - For audio, I choose just the 5.1 English option
    - Then I click backup

    I then rename my .vob to .mpg and try playing it - but it simply never shows subtitles. Not on my popcorn hour, not on windows media player. Even if I select the entire subtitle track - so that subtitles should be shown for the whole movie - I still won't get any subtitles.

    Any ideas? It's driving me mad, since it means quite a few rips have fairly useles portions in them.
     
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    OK - I've figured it out.

    You can't rename vob to mpg and keep subtitles - and the "useless" .ifo files I was deleting contain the subtitles......

    Keep the files DVDshrink produces and it works. Means I have to re-rip quite a few of my DVDs!
     
  3. Chetwood

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    No, the ifo files are neither useless nor do they contain the subtitles. Subtitles are stored in the VOBs and referenced from IFOs. What's useless is a player like popcorn hour that does not support a video DVD structure or is there another reason you renamed VOBs to MPG?
     
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    Popcorn hour does support video structure.

    The renaming to mpg was from before I had the popcorn hour and was for when I used a PS3. Since I was unaware that was causing a problem I had no reason to change. In addition - since I use YAMJ, I was naming the mpg files so that YAMJ could find the movie details. However - after some additional research last night, I now know thats not necessary if I copy the video structure into a named directory.
     
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    PS3 crap, got it. Only goes to show it's best to rip to specs rather than to a particular device.
     

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