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Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:12 pm
by dancjodanc
I would use handbreak...but I"m dealing with 4k movies...and Atmos, and DTS:X. So, I guess I just have to select the subtitle track when needed....? I have MKVToolNix...but your saying that won't do this...hard encode the subtitle track?

Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:27 am
by Grauhaar
Some players respects the "Forced" flag in the MKV header and selects the tracks automaticlay. You can check with MKVToolNIX if this flag is set or set it if not set.

Hardcode (Brun-in) Subtitles can only be done with Handbrake, MKVToolNIX does not change the tracks, it can only add/remove/reorder tracks in the MKV file.

I don't like Burn-In, because it is a ultimate irreversible solution. If you what to see other subtitles, the "Burn-in" sub are always there, the other sub track overlays it and this can result in bad reading.

Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:20 pm
by lixee
audioguy wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:02 pm
I'm still confused on the sub-title subject. What I want is for any movie where there is a foreign language spoken AND the movie contains an English sub title track, to display that track. I have been ONLY checking the box I indicate in the attached but not the one above it that says SubTitles PGS English. Is that the correct method or do I need to check both boxes.

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Just to be sure: If I select "Subtitles PGS English" AND "Subtitles PGS English (forced only)" then I will get all English subtitles which are available on the disk (only regular or only forced or both)? In case both types are available I should be able to choose between two subtitle tracks when playing the mkv, one which is regular and one which is forced only?

Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:18 pm
by Woodstock
If you select both, you will almost certainly end up with ONE track, as the "forced only" track will be deleted as empty. This is because use of forced subtitle flags are rare.

I know of one movie (Avatar) that does it; I've heard of a couple of others. The usual scheme is that there are two tracks for each language on a dubbed disk. One contains all dialog, and is intended for use with the original language sound track. The other contains only "signs and foreign audio", the so-called "forced" subtitles, intended for use with the dubbed language sound track.

Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:50 am
by lixee
Woodstock wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:18 pm
If you select both, you will almost certainly end up with ONE track, as the "forced only" track will be deleted as empty. This is because use of forced subtitle flags are rare.

I know of one movie (Avatar) that does it; I've heard of a couple of others. The usual scheme is that there are two tracks for each language on a dubbed disk. One contains all dialog, and is intended for use with the original language sound track. The other contains only "signs and foreign audio", the so-called "forced" subtitles, intended for use with the dubbed language sound track.
So at least I should always get the regular one? Is there any reason to only select the first entry and not the forced one as well?

Re: Forced Subtitle Only Selection Rule

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:02 pm
by Woodstock
It is fine to leave both checked - I do it all the time. My selection rule is "all tracks", no language filter (sometimes tracks are mislabeled).

The worst thing that will happen is seeing messages about the empty subtitle track being removed. And, if you happen to find a movie that uses forced flags, you will get them.