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Loading subtitles

SRT and WebVTT

Multimedia 8 supports both SRT and WebVTT subtitles. SRT is a format frequently found in the web and WebVTT is a new standard that will probably grow in popularity as the W3C continues to work on it.

Automatically loading subtitles

When your video and subtitles files are located in the same folder inside the videos library, and they have the same name, subtitles will be loaded an enabled automatically. If the name is different or they are stored outside the videos library (you have to open the media using the “Open media” tile) you will need to manually load them.

Load subtitles manually

If the subtitles don’t load automatically you can still open them manually.

  1. Start playback.
  2. Tap the bottom right button in the player control which has three points.
  3. From the menu tap “Subtitles”.
  4. Use the picker to locate the SRT or WebVTT file.
  5. After opening the file subtitles will be enabled.

Encoding error

Multimedia 8 is only capable of loading subtitles that are encoded using UTF-8. If the subtitles you are trying to load use a different encoding, such as ASCII, you will need to open them with notepad and save them again using UTF-8.

You don’t have to worry about the details, the task is easy:

  1. Launch Notepad.
  2. From the “File” menu select “Open” and open the file.
  3. Don’t modify the text.
  4. From the “File” menu select “Save As…”.
  5. In the save dialog change the encoding to “UTF-8″.
  6. Select and overwrite the original file.

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