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Old Apr 13, 2010, 09:25 AM   #1
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Converting MKV files with subtitles

Is there any way to convert MKV files to an iTunes friendly format that includes subtitles contained in the MKV format?

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Old Apr 13, 2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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If they're hard-coded in the video file, you need do nothing.

If they are an external file (.ass or .srt), Handbrake I know allows you to select them to add them in.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 11:15 AM   #3
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And if they're neither?

The subtitles are part of the mkv. They're not hardcoded or in an external file. If I watch the file in Movist, for example, I can turn them on or off. But when I convert the mkv file to something I can watch with iTunes using Handbrake the subtitles don't make it over, unless I'm missing something.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 11:45 AM   #4
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I struggle with this also, there is no easy way to do it. You have to use a program called iMKVExtract, extract just the subtitle track and then add it via Subler to the file.

The problem I find is that at least 50% of the time the subtitle tracks contain the entire movie, not just non-english parts and you can't easily turn subtitles on/off like on an MKV via Plex, so you are looking at creating custom subtitle files for those movies.

If I am missing something let me know because I'm at the point where if it is just 5 minutes or so a movie I'm just going to let it go without subtitles.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 12:25 PM   #5
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Okay, I am guessing this is a "soft-sub" with the subtitle track muxed into the MKV file itself.

Alas, I am not really familiar with them (I either use "hard-subs" or external files) so I can't help you, but hopefully someone else with experience in this can.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 06:13 PM   #6
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mkvtools

This program can go straight from mkv to mp4 and keep subtitles. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the subs will be hardcoded into the .mp4.
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