Subtitles through iTunes?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Andrew83Ga, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Andrew83Ga macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    My girlfriend is Spanish, and we both love movies. We also both prefer movies in their original tongue with subtitles. I've looked in iTunes, and as I suspected, there are no subtitle options when buying a movie.

    Is there a way to burn a dvd with subtitles on a MBP. I mean, I know there is, but what's the best way? I have Toast, but don't really know how to use it. Hardcopied subtitles or doesn't matter. I'm going to see her next week, and if I have to, I'll just bring some DVDs where I can selected them in the menu, but that seems so...obsolete.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Abducted macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011
    Playing subtitles on an iPod means hardcoding the subs onto the media file. There are some applications that make this possible and HandBrake immediately comes to mind. All you need is a media file and a .srt file. Look here for more info:

    The rest of this post is assuming you have purchased this media from iTunes.

    The short answer is no, there is no easy way to put subtitles on an iPod playing iTunes purchased movies. Half your problem is the media you have purchased being DRM protected. What's required is removing the DRM, then hardcoding a .srt (subtitle) file to your purchased .m4v. This is a legal grey area so I won't elaborate further; the advice is legal in some countries and not in others. Don't quote me on this but I'm under the impression that iTunes' ToS forces you to agree that you don't own any purchased media and thus cannot edit the files in any way, irrespective of your location.
  3. Delexo macrumors member


    Dec 27, 2010
    United Kingdom
    You are correct. The music, movies, TV shows etc. you buy off iTunes you don't actually own. You're simply paying Apple to allow you to 'use' the media.
  4. kwajkat macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2009
    I was wondering about subtitles as well. The last three movies I have purchased from itunes, do not have subtitles in them. Needless to say I wasn't real happy to watch these movies on my ipad and realize there were no subtitles for the German. I know the DVDs I have of these movies have either subtitles or they dubbed over the German.
  5. Capafly macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2011

    Don't know if this will be of help but I spent ages looking for a way to add subtitles to iTunes content that my deaf family members buy.

    I open the movie file up in subler, the file opens fine but you can't access the movie or audio parts as they are protected but you can add a .srt file into the file.

    It only takes a couple of seconds and allows them to view subtitles in iTunes but it does however make the file unplayable in QuickTime x for some reason.

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