SDH subtitles?

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  1. eliehass macrumors regular

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    In the release notes for the most recent software update for the AppleTV, it says that the AppleTV now supports SDH subtitles. I know that it previously supported playing both closed captions and srt subtitles.

    What is SDH and howis it different from the previous 2?
     
  2. dchao macrumors 6502a

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    SDH is much better. :D

    CC are displayed as white text on a black band, which blocks a large portion of the view. SDH does't have the black band.
     
  3. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

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    How is it different from srt subtitles though?

    The one difference dive noticed so far in how subtitles are handled is that set subtitles are no longer displayed in a dark background at the bottom of the screen.
     
  4. dchao, Sep 24, 2012
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    dchao macrumors 6502a

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    I think CC and SDH only define how subtitles are displayed on screen, it's not an actual text format. The only subtitle format ATV supports is "3GPP Timed Text", I am not sure how different it is from SRT though.
     
  5. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

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    I see. Well, I do prefer the way they are now. I also like how you can toggle closed captions on and off now without having to go to the settings.
     
  6. ProudLoz macrumors regular

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    I'm also wondering the same thing. SDH subtitles are just detailed subtitles for the hard of hearing, and on most Blu-ray releases now are formatted like closed captions, but in PGS format. So now, I'm wondering if Apple introduced a new format for SDH subtitles, where they're text based but keep the way they're displayed on the movie.
     
  7. NiklasK macrumors member

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    I went back and checked some films and TV episodes that previously included and displayed the CC with black background. None of these display anything else now after the update, still the same black band and only CC as you would call it. Perhaps this is only working for new and upcoming movies and tv episodes?
     
  8. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

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    CC's are still the same. It's subtitles that changed.
     
  9. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a

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    How do you play SRT subtitles?
    I don't recall the option on iTunes Library to add such a thing or what am I missing?
     
  10. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

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    The video has to have srt subtitles in in the video itself. You can use a program like mp4 tools to mux an srt into a video file. Then while the video is playing hold the select button while watching a video to select the subtitle.
     
  11. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    learned something new...never knew how to get subtitles on, fairly quickly.

    sometimes i watch movies with loud action while my wife is asleep on the couch and this is good to know
     
  12. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a

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    Oh ok thanks.
    For a moment I got excited but then having to mux or (re)encode something for iTunes is what basically makes the ATV useless for me as I have too much videos and in this case I won't do what Timmy wants me to. (Rant//)

    But cool to know there is the potential to now display SDH.
     
  13. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hear that. I like to have subtitles / captions for all of my video. iTunes adding cc to its tv shows and having them in 1080p is the reason I switched to buying from iTunes from blu rays. I get the files in 1080p with closed captions, and I can download them or stream them from anywhere using iCloud.

    I just wish they would go back and add closed captions to shows that we're available before they added cc support. I also wish all of their shows were in 1080p
     

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