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with VobSub ...
Ripping a movie is all nice and dandy, but subtitles can be pretty
nice to have too. So on this website I already explained how
to rip subtitles to text files, and a page on how
to rip subtitles in it's original format, or you can download
subtitles from website's like NLondertitels.com
VobSub is a nifty little tool that acts as a DirectX filter which
runs AUTOMATICALLY when needed. This means that
the tool will only activate if a subtitle has been found. It then
blends the subtitle into the movie. It supports text-file based
subs (srt, sub, psb, smi, ssa, ass) and bitmap based subs (idx+sub/rar),
as well as selection of multiple languages. Playback is possible
in most Windows applications like Windows Media
Player, PowerDivX player and even
when transcoding DivX to MPEG (using MPEG
Encoder by MainConcept).
You can download the most recent version of VobSub
from their website
or from the WeetHet download page.
Note: Read the disclaimer
first, I assume even subtitles are copyrighted!
Tip: Take a look at
these sites for where to download subs: NL-Subs
Phantom (dutch), and SubPage
Download and Install VobSub
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
Preparing Movie and subtitles
Before we can actually use subtitles, we must
make sure the filenames match the AVI file. This is the way VobSub
recognizes it's subtitle files. This means that for example a subtitle
should be called MYMOVIE.SRT,
for text based files, or MYMOVIE.IDX
for sub pictures (video strip) based files.
Note: Compressed subtitles
occasionally 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).
These file MUST be in the same directory as the AVI/MPG
Tip: You can find info at
this site on the How to rip Subtitles
to Text files and How to rip
After installing VobSub
and after verifying/renaming the files, it's time to do some playback.
I personally recommend PowerDivX
NeXtGen for playback as my Windows Media Player sometimes refuses
to show video with DivX encoded movies. Not only that, PowerDivX
has some really great features like enhancing audio (volume etc), controlling
DirectX filters, etc.
Simply double click the AVI file, or right click the
AVI file and select "Open With". Alternatively
and open the AVI file or drag and drop the AVI file onto the PowerDivX
Once the movie starts playback, a little GREEN
ARROW should appear in the SysTray (in the lower right
corner of your screen - next to the Windows clock).
By clicking the GREEN
ARROW with the right mouse button, a menu appears.
In this menu, you can do some cool settings. In the
upper part (here showing "Show Subtitles",
"Nederlands" and "Hide Subtitles")
you can enable (show) or disable (hide)
the subtitles. In this example only one subtitle is available: Dutch (=
Nederlands). If multiple languages are available, then
these will appear here too so you can switch to a different language.
Optionally you can flip the Video output, I haven't
had the need for that yet.
The options in the lower part of the menu (in this example
"Video Renderer" ... "ffdshow
MPEG-4 Video Decoder") are items which can access properties
of particular filters. The amount of items here depends on the amount
of DirectX filters you have installed on your PC.