How to turn on subtitles in iTunes

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by lamhonlun, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. lamhonlun macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    I have rip some movies with HandBrake including srt subtitles.

    I have no problem turning the subtitles on/off on my iPhone 4. But how can I enable subtitles on iTunes?
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    When you're playing the movie in iTunes, hover your mouse over the picture and you should see an icon on the right hand side of the playback controls that looks like a text bubble. Select that and you can toggle subtitles on or off.
  3. bigpatky macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2007
    While we're on the subject, how do you select subtitles (and other audio tracks) on the new apple tv?
  4. lamhonlun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    I still don't get the text bubble even i hover my mouse to the control bar in iTunes.


  5. lamhonlun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    I am expecting you are referring to iTunes 9.2

    However, I am using iTunes 10 and it does not show the text bubble even though I have checked the box of Show closed caption when available.
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I'm using version 10.1 as well. There is also an option to enable specific audio and subtitle tracks under the Controls drop down menu in iTunes. Is that available or is it grayed out? The closed captioning box shouldn't make a difference as I was able enable an .srt subtitle track with or without it checked.

    If the ability to enable it using the drop down isn't available, I'm out of ideas, sorry. Essentially it appears iTunes isn't recognizing the presence of the subtitle track--not sure how it's possible for the iPhone to see it if iTunes can't. Hopefully, one of the many experts here with more knowledge than I can help you out.
  7. lamhonlun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010

    Yes, the audio and subtitles option under control tab is not available. I have no idea why.

    But anyway, thank you for trying to help
  8. Cartaphilus macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2007
    Under Preferences in iTunes there is, under Playback, an option to choose the soundtrack and subtitle language.
  9. lamhonlun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    Indeed there are Audio and Subtitle options to select. Although I select the subtitle as English, but the sub still doesn't show up in the movie :(

  10. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2006
    The file extension needs to be .m4v if you want to see the subtitles in iTunes and QuickTime Player 7.
  11. thetaylor13 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    I've got a .mp4 that plays subtitles just fine in Quicktime, yet in iTunes it won't play at all. Any thought why? Or should I just convert it to .m4v? And does Handbrake do that?
  12. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2006
    No, you should go in Finder and change the extension to .m4v.
  13. panflex macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2011
    It's been a while and you've probably figured it out/given up, but I had the same issue you did and I just figured it out last night:

    I re-encoded the movie a second time w/ subtitles and could not get the subtitles to work. I then realized I had to delete the file from Itunes (not the original file, just the file from itunes!)

    You need to add the file back into itunes, which will take a few seconds to load. The subtitles should work after you do this. For me, itunes kept playing the previous file w/out subtitles which explains why it did not work
  14. Poy77 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2010
    I have also ripped some movies from DVD with Handbrake. I don't want to burned in subtitles. After conversion I can select subtitles in VLC, but not in iTunes, ATV or iPad. What's the problem?
  15. EmpyreanUK macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    Does the file you're using have a .m4v extension? If it's .mp4 then iTunes will not allow you to use subtitles. I've no idea why.
  16. MacSlavko macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2012
    I′m having the same problem. I had an mp4 file with no viewable subtitles. Then I changed the extension in Finder to m4v and now the movie plays in Finder (QuickLook), iTunes, VLC, Quicktime, but iTunes stil don′t allow me to choose the subtitles file (the option is greyed out)...

    Any ideas?

    Shoul I do a proper file conversion (not merly to change the extension to.m4v)?
  17. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    For the aTV to have the ability to turn subtitles on/off (soft subs) there has to be a subtitle track in srt format in the mp4. This can be done by downloading an srt subtitle file from various websites that provide them, then incorporating that file into the mp4 while transcoding with Handbrake or adding it manually using Subler.

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