Subtitle support on ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sphinx99, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. sphinx99 macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2012
    Can the iPad's video player display subtitles in any way?

    I suppose a more generic question would be, does the MP4 format support subtitles?

    I am trying to create a mp4 version of a subtitled episode from a blu-ray, using xmedia recode, using direct copy of video, with the goal of having a high quality version on my media server to play in the home theater, while also being able to sync two or three episodes to my iPad for airplane trips. I think I've gotten the hang of xmedia recode to do "lossless" conersion of the container to mp4, but I cannot figure out how to retain subtitles. xmedia recode seems to remove them only.

    Perhaps MP4 doesn't support subtitles?
  2. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    MP4 does indeed support subtitles, I encode all my video using Handbrake which has settings for subs. If subs aren't included on the DVD or BR I download them from subscene and load those into handbrake. It's a snap and the subs appear on all iOS devices, iPad, iPhone and AppleTV as well as in QuickTime and VLC.
  3. sphinx99 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2012
    Hmm, OK. I might have run into a bug in the current version of XMedia Recode then, because it does not seem to be able to preserve subtitles in my existing MKV during a conversion to MP4. I guess I'll have to try another program.

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