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I'm trying to add subtitles to an AVI using handbrake. The subtitles are stored in an .srt file. The output file is MP4. After I run the conversion everything completes without error but when I watch the video subtitles aren't showing. I have tried checking the different options for the subtitles, but it doesn't make any difference. How can this be fixed?

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Specific to handbrake idk, but here's a sample mencoder command
mencoder -vop pp=de,scale=548:222 -oac copy -ovc lavc -lavcopts keyint=25:vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=679:vpass=1 -sub "Domino.srt" -o "Domino_with_subs.avi" "Domino.avi"

from here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/subtitle-encoding-mencoder-501902/

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if you need to compile mencoder i have a tut on my blog: aking1012.blogspot.com –  hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 3:27
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you'll need to change scale probably, or leave it out –  hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 4:01
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you could try a different font or scale...$ mplayer -subfont-text-scale 3 /path/to/your/video as referenced here: forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=17783 –  hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 4:21
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instead of -ovc lavc -lavcopts eyint=25:vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=679:vpass=1 try -ovc copy –  hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 4:24
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if it can't find the video filter then x264 probably isn't compiled in to the version of mencoder you are using if you keep the lavc stuff and just change codec to huffyuv it should be lossless, but it will probably get huge: mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/menc-feat-enc-libavcodec.html –  hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 4:46

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