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There are two ways of ripping subtitles, one is ripping them by
the use of OCR (Optical Character Recognition). This means that
the video strip that holds the subtitles is being copied to basic
text files. You can read about it on the Ripping
Subtitles to Text page.
The second way of ripping is actually more accurate, by simply
copying these video strips to harddisk. Tools, like VobSub,
can then use these and blend them into the movie your are playing.
That method will be described on this page.
Another great thing is that ALL subtitles are being ripped! This
means that a DVD that comes with multiple subtitle languages, for
example Dutch, French and German, will be ripped to one single file
holding all these languages. Using VobSub, you can select which
subtitle you want to see. Note that each language takes between
3 and 6 Mb in a file.
Note: Please read the disclaimer
carefully! Ripping subtitles might be subject to copyright!
Normally, on a DVD with subtitles, subtitles are stored
on DVD as separate video strips, i.e. images, that will be blend into
the movie on playback.
The advantage is that the DVD-player does not need a
character generator to render the images. Also, the text will always remain
in the same format as the publisher intended it to be.
Downside is that, although not too much, these images
take up more space than regular text files.
Before we continue; it does not really
matter if you first convert the VOB files to MPEG1, MPEG2 or DivX. You
can do this afterwards as well. However, ripping
the movie to harddisk will be very useful!
What we need ...
Naturally we will need the FULL install of VobSub,
as it comes with the proper tool to rip the subtitles. You can either
download it from WeetHet or visit the VobSub
homepage and get the most recent one.
After downloading the FULL version, double click the
EXE file. In case you downloaded the zipped file, then first unpack it
using WinRar or WinZip.
Follow the steps as given by the setup
program. If you have tools like VirtualDub, then please consider installing
the plug ins for these too.
If in doubt: make sure ALL options are
After installing VobSub,
consider ripping the DVD to harddisk.
This might sound difficult, but it really
Depending on the VobSub
version you have installed, a shortcut might be available in the Windows
START menu (START - PROGRAMS - VOBSUB - VobSub Configure). Start this
"VobSub Configure" application.
If you do NOT have a shortcut, then
open the Windows DOS box and go to the directory of VobSub
(default C:\Program Files\VobSub)
and type: rundll32.exe vobsub.dll,Configure
Either the shortcut or the command line
will initiate the VobSub
Click the "Open..."
button, a file dialog will now open.
Set the "Files of type"
to "IFO and VOBS, for creating IDX/SUB (*.IFO)"
and browse to the directory holding the (ripped) DVD files. Usually just
one IFO file appears. Select this file and click "Open"
(or just double click the file).
will ask you where to store the results. I usually do this in the same
folder as the (ripped) DVD. Browse to that directory and click the "Make
New Folder" button. A new subdirectory appears called "New
Folder". Click it once with the left mouse button and press
the F2-button. This allows you to rename the folder to
something more useful, like say "rippedsubs". Click
"OK" once you are satisfied with the selected
Now another popup appears, asking you to
select a PGC (ProGram Chain)
... by default the settings are OK. Click "OK"
After that, VobSub
start indexing the subtitles.
It may take a while for it to complete,
this all depends on complexity of the DVD (amount of subtitles etc.) and
the performance of your PC. On my laptop it takes a few minutes (a Sager
5660 - Pentium 4 @ 2.8 Ghz).
After a minute or so, VobSub
indicates that the subtitles have been indexed.
Tip: in case
you get a "Bad Header" error when ripping from
ripped DVD files on your harddisk, then consider ripping them from the
original DVD. Before doing so, make sure you playback the DVD with DVD
software like PowerDVD first to unlock the disk!
Now it's time for the next step: Creating
Click the "OK"
button shown in the image above, this window now appears:
First we must select the language
you wish to rip, use the drop down list box indicated in the
screen shot above, with a red arrow.
You can play around with the colors, transparency
and position of the subtitles, but for a first try I would leave these
settings as they are.
Click "OK" to
start the copying process - depending again on complexity and your PC
performance, this may take a few seconds up to minutes.
Once finished, the VobSub window disappears.
VobSub will have created 3 new files in
the directory you indicated before. These files are named like your ifo
file, for instance in our case:
Note: The IFO
file is not always included!
Rename these 2 or 3 files so that
they have the same name as your AVI file.
For example, say you AVI file is called MYMOVIE.AVI,
then you must rename the 2 or 3 files to:
Optionally, you can use WinRar
to compress the SUB file.
Compressed subtitles (compressed MYMOVIE.SUB
ocassionally causes problems. First of all you will need the proper version
which you can download from the WinRar
Website. Extract the EXE and copy the UNRAL.DLL
into the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM
(Windows 9x) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
(Windows XP) or C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32
(Windows NT/Windows 2000).
Now copy these 2 or 3 files into the same
directory as you AVI file and test the movie to see if the subtitles display
OK. It does make sense to watch the entire movie, as using Fast Forward
in a DivX movie might cause the subs to either stop or run out of sync.
As you might have noticed, ripping a subtitle
like this is pretty easy and pretty fast :-).