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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone iOS devices
A little-known feature of the iPhone is its ability to display subtitles on movides. To do this, you just need the free programs MKVtools, SubCleaner, and Subler, and a conversion program -- I recommend FilmRedux. Once those are installed on your Mac, do this:
  1. Convert the file to a raw, unsubtitled .MP4 with FilmRedux
  2. Extract the UTF8 subtitle file (.srt) from the original file with MKVtools
  3. Clean up the .srt with subcleaner
  4. Merge the .mp4 and the .srt together in subler
Then sync the movie over to your iPhone. Next to the rewind button, a new subtitle button will appear.
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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: robogobo on Aug 28, '09 02:36:03AM

Is this really an iPhone feature? You're muxing the subtitles so they're burned into the movie. I think that would make them display on any device.



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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: robg on Aug 28, '09 05:01:15AM

The presence of the Subtitle button seems to indicate that the iPhone senses the subtitle track, as opposed to it just appearing as part of the burned movie.

-rob.



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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: robogobo on Aug 28, '09 09:21:23AM

I see. I've been wondering when Apple will start shipping subtitles with their movie rentals and purchases. This is at least an indication they've thought about it, I guess.



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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: fritztoch on Aug 28, '09 09:24:46AM

Yes, "burned" subs are very different from "muxed" subs. Burned subs are part of the video image, and will appear whenever the video is played, no matter the platform or media player.
Muxed subs will only be displayed by a media player that can detect and display them, such as the media player on the iPhone, or QuickTime, or Apple TV...and then, only when the user selects to display the subs.



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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: jogga on Sep 01, '09 01:54:05AM
Or why not use iSubtitle and do all those steps in one sleak and stylish application instead of messing with four ;-) http://www.bitfield.se/isubtitle

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Bogus link
Authored by: makip on Oct 31, '09 12:25:19AM

FYI - I followed the first link in this hint to examine mkvtools, it leads to a page which collects google ad click throughs on its download link, to a page with no such Mac OS app.



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Watch movies with subtitles on the iPhone
Authored by: ACATTAN on Dec 06, '10 12:43:48PM
As a frustrated user who tried to embed subtitles in the movie, spent lots of time and ended up with Gibberich, I ended up developing a video player app for the iPhone, called SubMovie, which natively reads SRT files, so no need to embed them in the movie anymore, and you can also zoom in, change color, and even synchronize your SRT files with the movie (if they are out of sync) right on the iPhone.
More details here: http://arielcattan.com

Enjoy :-)
Ariel

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