MKV to M4V Conversion App with VobSub (.sub) capability?

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  1. macUser2007, Oct 31, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    macUser2007 macrumors 65832

    May 30, 2007
    Is there a reliable way to convert MKVs containing vobsub (.sub) subtitles (which are very common in MKVs) to a format readable by AppleTV (like .srt)?

    I've tried everything I could find, but nothing has worked so far. I am trying to mux, not re-code the video stream (and the audio, unless it's DTS), but just change the wrapper to M4V (and embed the recoded subtitles).

    For MKVs containing vobsub subtitles, iFlicks fails, MP4Tools fails, Subler fails, FFMpegX fails.... Some crash, some just ignore the .sub file embedded in the MKV.

    Any suggestions other than doing this in Windows?
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Subler is the best unless you do use SubRip for OCR'ing the vobsubs. You only need to export and edit / correct the errors introduced by Subler with, e.g., Jubler (or any subtitle editor: even a simple text editor will do).

    Have you read my tutorial on using Subler for OCR'ing? I've posted it in these forums as well and also referenced it.

    (Another solution is forgetting Apple TV altogether and going for something more powerful.)
  3. fasoola macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2010
    If you have OSX, try Handbrake from
  4. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1, it can't just remux - it'll also reencode.

    2, it can't OCR either - all it can do is burning in one of the VobSub tracks in the video.

    All in all, it's not really the best tool for the OP.

    (BTW, it also works on Windows / Linux)
  5. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    Subler handles Vobsub's now and should remux the MKV just fine - given that's in H264 to begin with.

    Otherwise you'll need to use handbrake.

    I personally haven't used Subler for VobSubs but it's a recently new feature - make sure you're on 0.18. If you are having issues I'd contact the developer.

    Some steps to add VobSubs in Subler:

    1) Open Subler; do not open your video file
    2) File -> New
    3) Import your video file
    4) In the import dialog, make sure that under 'Action' '3GPP Text' is shown.
    5) Click 'Add' and save the file. The saving will take some time while the OCR runs.
  6. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    The problem is, that the aTV can't read vobsubs. So you either have to OCR them to make srt (which can be read by the aTV) or burn them in using HB.
  7. macUser2007 thread starter macrumors 65832

    May 30, 2007
    I have tried it Subler and it shows everything as you describe, but most MKVs with vobsub files seem to show a red circle to the left of the title in the queue, and fails to process -- all it does is create a partial file of about 400 bytes. And it says "Done" at the lower left, so it's not processing the file any further.

  8. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1. 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.

    2. don't use the queue as it doesn't display any error message. Try remuxing the files you're shown the error message without putting them in a queue and tell us what the error message is.

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