Another Subtitle Question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ser968, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. ser968 macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    OK - I'm thick. I've searched and read posts, but I still can't get subtitles to work on my ATV3.

    I am ripping my DVDs (not blue ray) into my itunes library using Handbrake. I am using the Universal preset (to keep sizes lower). I want to be able to toggle the english subtitles on and off on apple tv. I am trying to rip 'normal' movies - ones that don't have foreign languages.

    My question is - when I go to the subtitles tab, what options do I choose?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    None of them as you'll need to OCR the subs first - the AppleTV can't render native DVD VobSub subtitles and HandBrake doesn't OCR them either. You might want to read the posts #22 and #23 at . They are a bit lengthy but contain ALL info one will ever need to know about OCR'ing subs.
  3. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Menneisyys2, quickly looked over your "bible". As always, impeccable work on your part. But I just want to add the easiest route to soft subs is to download them as opposed to OCR them. In my quick scan of your bible I didn't see downloaded subs mention. Feel free to correct me if I overlooked something. IMHO, OCRing of subs should be done only if downloaded subs are unavailable, unacceptable quality or you are just so anal that you feel you have to do it that way. :)
  4. ser968 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    woo-hoo! Thanks Menneisyys2 - that worked like a charm (and it was quick and easy!). My last question - for the dvd i tested, I chose the foreign audio search in handbrake with forced and burned checked. is that the subtitle track i should add or is it better to add the English vobsub track instead?

    Many many thanks!!!
  5. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Yup, searching for and downloading pre-OCR'ed subs is the first one should do.

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