Closed Captioning

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Jefferyd32, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Jefferyd32 macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    Portland, Or
    So this may be an easy fix, but I'll ask anyway. I have my mother visiting over the holidays and she is hard of hearing and needs closed captioning to really enjoy TV. How can I add this to my movies in iTunes? Most of my movies are ripped via RipIt and encoded via handbrake. Is there an easy way to add captions that won't always be there? Or is it easier to just get the disc out of storage?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    The captions on the disc are usually graphics overlays not text embedded in the video stream which the "usual"/broadcast captions use. It can be done, but is usually more work than it is worth.

  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is easier to get the discs out of storage, or you could look for the subtitles via, but I don't know how to implement external subtitles to videos on an Apple TV.
    When you transcoded the ripped video DVDs via HandBrake, you obviously left the Subtitles tab as it is and did not include the subtitles.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Plex can automatically download and display subtitles while playing movies, but setting it up may take longer than pulling out your DVDs.
  5. Jefferyd32 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    Portland, Or
    So if I were to encode via handbrake and include subtitles, I'd have to have a separate file with subtitles, and one without is that correct? No way to just toggle it on and off like on a DVD.
  6. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    You can't add the vobsubs that you see most commonly (well, you can add them, but they won't work on the aTV2 without burning them in), but you can add subtitles that are listed as Closed Captions, and they will work properly on the aTV2.
  7. nperei macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    hi it is pretty simple on handbrake. you can toggle on/off CC as subtitle in ATV 2.
    On your ATV 2 make sure enable subtitle.
    When you ripping your dvd collection make sure you check for symbol "CC"
    after you check dvd box for CC interest handbrake. Click Subtitle drop menu
    choose last number 6-Closed Caption - (Text)
    If DVD collection don't have symbol "CC" then you can choose
    1 - English vobsub. This subtitle will be burned on screen you can't toggle on/off
    If you prefer real closed caption you can look at elgato Turbo.264 HD
    it does closed captioning. It is not freeware

    hope this help

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