[Matroska-users] question about mkv playback

Ivan Kowalenko ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 23:31:35 CET 2009


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Francis Schafer wrote:
> Hello, and thanks for the fabulous website. 
> 
> I've installed the CCCP community pack, and downloaded the Media Player
> classic.   Have some .mkv files I want to play , ideally for my plasma tv..
> obviously.
> 
> The only question I have, is they all have subtitles playing along.   You
> know, those annoying displays of the words they're saying at the bottom.
> Is there a setting to remove that, or were these movies encoded WITH that in
> them, and there's no way to get rid of it.

To be honest, it's impossible to say without any additional information.
 I've never used Media Player Classic before, so my advice would be to
see if there even is a subtitle option for you deactivate. Also, if
possible, try and run the MKVInfo or MKVDiag utility on your file. It
should indicate whether or not there is a subtitle track. If there is
one, you should be some way to turn it off, if there isn't, then the
subtitles are burned into the image and cannot be removed.

I agree, though: hard subs are a real pain to deal with, even when it's
a foreign (for me) language film, it's annoying. I mean, if I was a
Japanese student (that is, studying Japanese), and I wanted to practice
translation, something tells me a hardsubbed version of a Kurosawa film
would defeat the purpose.
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