Just an idea for implementing more playback options: subtitles etc.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by crjeong, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. crjeong macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    One of the downsides of Apple's products being so simple and easy to use, is that we miss out on some of the more advanced(?) features.

    I thought this could be a good way of implementing subtitles, secondary audio tracks, scene selection etc on the AppleTV.

    As we all know, currently when playing back a movie, if you press the menu button the movie stops and returns to the movies/tvshows menu list.

    But hypothetically speaking, what if you paused the movie first then pressed menu? Perhaps Apple could use this to bring up a second menu, with other options like Subtitles, Chapter Selection, Audio Commentary etc. As all these are possible in quicktime, why not on AppleTV?

    Just a thought anyway.....
  2. spydr macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2005
    I think the weakest link is the compressed movie file format – the MPEG4 (or for that matter any of its kins) don't have the ability to store secondary language and optional subtitles within the file. A terrible shortcoming, if you ask me. So I think before Apple could implement such a feature, standards (capabilities of the file formats) need to change. In a way, you can ask why is apple not pushing for such changes to the file formats.
  3. williedigital macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2005

    Actually .mp4 has the ability to store 2 audio tracks, multiple embedded subtitle streams, and even cover images. Of course, apple doesn't provide the ability to do any of these things, but it's perfectly within the specs. Check out the windows programs yamb and mp4box to get a taste of how this is done.

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