Converting MKV files with subtitles

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Scopi, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    CWallace

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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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  4. macrumors member

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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.
     
  5. macrumors demi-god

    CWallace

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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.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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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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