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Is there a free program that can extract the text from embedded subtitles in MKV files? I don't want to remove the subtitles. I just want to get the plain-text from them. I want to save my favorite quotes from various shows and movies without having to manually open up a text editor and type it out.

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mkvextract from MKVToolnix can extract tracks and attachments from a Matroska container.

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great tool. I used it some time ago to extract the english subtitles from movie and later to add translated subtitles to the movie again. :-) – Juhele Jun 26 '11 at 17:56
Well, that lets me extract the subtitle tracks but I can't open the subtitles in a text editor without a bunch of nonsense characters coming up. Is there a way to get just the plain-text? Not the entire track itself as raw data. Is there any good subtitle editing programs out there? – Aznfin Jun 26 '11 at 18:06
You'll need to postprocess using something like awk or a subtitle editor if just want raw text. And if you're getting a bunch of nonsense characters then either you're extracting the wrong track or you need a better text editor. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 26 '11 at 18:10
I've got the right track. It's a VOB subtitle. But Notepad++ doesn't handle subtitles apparently. – Aznfin Jun 26 '11 at 18:13
Oh, VOB subtitles. Try Tesseract then or something. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 26 '11 at 18:18

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