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I used to watch my movies and series with VLC, but I got tired of always having to download the subtitles.
A long time ago, I read something about a VLC plugin to automatically download subtitles.

Do you have any idea? What do you use to do this task? Do you do it manually?

I'm on Mac OS X.

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see related answer superuser.com/a/571293/162573. In OS X there may be a problem, but I hope not with both extensions. subdownloader is free in osx i guess –  cipricus Mar 25 '13 at 17:59
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Sublight automatically downloads subtitles, it works well with movies but I don't how good it works with TV shows, and it's a standalone software not a VLC plugin.

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thanks for your answer, but i forgot to specify i was on MacOs... –  Arkan Oct 27 '10 at 18:04
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LUA script (Subtitle downloader) to search and download subtitles directly in VLC: here.

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In this discussion it was mentioned that extensions with custom windows aren't supported yet on Mac OS X. –  haggai_e Dec 4 '11 at 15:44
How to install LUA extension in VLC? The documentation is missing... –  Jakub Narębski Jun 11 '12 at 16:26
@JakubNarębski - how to install lua scripts in vlc: Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\. Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/. Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/ –  cipricus Mar 25 '13 at 18:02
see my answer for the link to the blog with the updated version –  cipricus May 11 at 20:30
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Extensions did recently become a part of VLC, but there is currently very little information floating around about them. I do recall seeing a subtitles extension in the nightlies a while ago, but it didn't work at the time. Perhaps that's worth a look.

There are a couple of applications out there for this purpose:

  • SubDownloader -- Open source, cross-platform but shareware on Windows (?!). Last I checked it didn't work, presumably due to an API change. When it did work it was pretty good.
  • Sublight -- Windows only.
  • SolEol -- Cross-platform, broken last I checked.
  • FileBot -- Cross-platform

I haven't found a solution that I like yet, so I decided to slowly develop my own. Currently I use a combination of Google, OpenSubtitles and TVsubtitles. I recently tested FileBot and found it to work very well.

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Thanks for your contribution ;) –  Arkan Oct 28 '10 at 20:04
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Now there is VLSUB. This extension can search either based on the video hash or its IMDB title. Available here: http://addons.videolan.org/content/show.php?content=148752

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This works just fine on my Mac! ty –  Vitim.us Apr 28 '13 at 6:34
recently updated, gives better results than before –  cipricus May 17 '13 at 6:44
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VLSub on the Videolan addons page was recently updated, with new search options.

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How to install lua scripts in vlc:

Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions.

Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/.

Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/

But it will not work with VLC 2.1.x. for the moment, so one must use previous versions of VLC.

There is an alternate solution, which works with latest VLC: Subtitle Downloader. On addons.videolan.org there is an older version of the plugin - but that was modified and is rather well supported on thePanz blog, downloadable from GitHub here - with the downside that it works in Windows and Linux, but not Mac. The lua file is to be put in the same folder as above.

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I was looking into this isssue the other day and I found out that it can be done by using LUA-scripts. Here is the page on the VideoLan-forum which talks about subtitles.

Hope that this was what you were looking for.

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