VLC or MPlayer: which one would you use to use these files?

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  1. HalleluYAH macrumors newbie

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    I don't know exactly how to do work with commands in the command-line in the binary-version of MPlayer, and VLC doesn't seem to work when I try to play a video with the subtitles-file, which came with that video.

    Would you or anyone else, who knows how to use the command line please tell me exactly what I need to do (please tell me step-by-step) to make a subtitles-file (filename: vmt-tears-xvid.sub) work with a video-file (filename: vmt-tears-xvid.avi) in the binary-version of MPlayer?


    So far, I've been given some instructions (quoted below) about how to solve this problem, but I need step-by-step instructions so I can correctly use the command line within the binary-version of MPlayer as this person mentioned:
    Code:
    mplayer vmt-tears-xvid.avi -sub vmt-tears-xvid.sub
     
  2. murfle macrumors regular

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    Where did you save the mplayer binary? If you go to the terminal (in utilities), change to that directory. Then for the command, start it with ./
    so...
    ./mplayer <command line options>

    The ./ will tell the OS that you're looking in the current directory instead of the $PATH variable as he mentioned.

    If your avi and sub file are in different directories, you'll have to qualify the path for each in the command line

    ./mplayer /Users/blah/Desktop/whatever.avi -sub /Users/blah/Desktop/something.sub

    On that note, I grabbed the source code and compiled my own, and I use the GUI, not the command line.
     
  3. Am3822 macrumors 6502

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    What sort of problem did you have with VLC? In order to use a separate subtitles file, you should use the 'open' dialog (shift+command+O). Also, according the VLC user's guide, where .sub files are concerned, you should select the .idx file, and not the .sub file.
     
  4. HalleluYAH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Murfle, I didn't save the MPlayer binary. Would you: please tell me how you compiled a video-file & subtitles-file? or direct me to a website that has file-compiling-instructions? Thanks for your previous suggestions & helpful tips.
    The problem was that VLC wouldn't play the subtitles-file along with the video that was downloaded along with it. Thanks for your suggestions & help.
     
  5. mayoko185 macrumors member

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    I use a special build of mplayer found here, that fully supports subtitles. Just make sure the sub file has the same file name and press j on your keyboard to turn the subs on.

    EDIT: I know this build works with .srt and .ssa/.ass files at least I dont see why it wouldent work with .sub/.idx files :)
     
  6. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    mplayer has a GUI version for Mac OS X, so I'm puzzled as to why you are using the command line version, even Windows has a GUI version of mPlayer now.

    In VLC go to Video==>Subtitles to enable the subtitles, though if you've been given instructions for mPlayer then use those if the VLC thing doesn't work as I haven't got any video files with subtitles to test.
     
  8. HalleluYAH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I appreciate your kindness. I will get that version of MPlayer.
    I know what you mean.
    I wasn't using the command-line (binary-version) of MPlayer to play that video-file & subtitles-file. Thanks for telling me what to do with VLC.
     

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