Subtitles/Apple TV/PC

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  1. pssmith84 macrumors regular

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    I've spent the last few hours searching everywhere I can trying to find a solution to this issue. I'm sure it's out there, but I just can't find anything that works. Hopefully someone can help me out.

    I have a PC. I have movies downloaded that need subtitles. I have .srt files. I have used some programs to mux the .srt files to the .mp4 files. The subtitles work in VLC, but not iTunes or Apple TV. What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it?
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68030

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    Try first playback with QuickTime on PC.
    If it plays - it shall play on other Apple devices as well.
    If it doesn't, then the mux has gone wrong.
    On QT 7 you can even see the content and layout of the muxed tracks in your file (Window - Movie Properties):
     

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  3. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    They don't show in QT. I don't have the Pro version to see the properties either unfortunately.
     
  4. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, I got the Pro version and it doesn't have the subtitles listed in properties. I don't get how they work in VLC without problem though.

    Anyways, how can I get them added and working for Apple products?
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68030

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    Had you Mac OS X, I'd suggest Subler.
    For Windows alternatives, you need to search this forum on your own :(
     
  6. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I really wish I had a Mac right now. Lol.

    I've searched this forum, and everywhere else I can think of, and just can't find anything that works. It's making me crazy!!!
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68030

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    This seems not the easiest method, but looks like a working solution:
    http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=167933
    PS There was also a way to add Timed Text tracks (aka mux subs) using QT 7 Pro, but that was also tedious, because no direct support for srt files. It was documented here: Support for 3GPP Timed Text
     
  8. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I'll give that a shot.
     
  9. crepu macrumors member

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    Here is your solution :
    I have been using a little program called MkvToMp4 for sometime now and works great both with mkv and mp4 files.

    Just name the srt file exactly same as the video file and put them in the same folder.

    open the video file with this program.
    click EDIT on the right hand side
    It will automatically recognize the subtitle.
    click START and in few seconds (depending on file size) you have a video file with subtitle perfectly playable on atv.

    here is the link : http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MkvToMp4
     
  10. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That didn't work either. It showed the subtitles in the program, but the new video file doesn't have them.
     
  11. crepu, Feb 12, 2015
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    did you long-pressed the center button in apple tv remote to turn on the subtitle?
     
  12. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Didn't even try on the ATV since there are no subs to turn on in QuickTime or iTunes. Does this process somehow make it work only on ATV and not other Apple products?
     
  13. crepu macrumors member

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    I used (and still using) this program very regularly and never even once subtitles failed to display on apple tv. I did not play the file in Quicktime or itunes though...
     
  14. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll give it another try tomorrow and see if they work on the ATV even if not on the other products. I really only need it to work on the ATV so if somehow it ends up working then, awesome! Will report back.
     
  15. pssmith84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, it worked on the ATV. Sucks that I have to turn subtitles on and off depending on what I'm watching, but it's way better than them not working at all. Thanks a lot, crepu!
     

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