Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I was trying a new player called MPlayerX on OSX. It is showing subtitles as squares as shown below. It seems to be a problem with the settings. I tried different fonts, but it doesn't solve the problem. Any idea how to fix this?

enter image description here


enter image description here

share|improve this question
is the subtitle seperately come like .srt file or is it embedded ? Or how about with VLC ? – Ye Lin Aung Jan 8 '12 at 10:53

I do not have a Mac, but this should be a universal advice. Use some advanced text editor like TextWrangler to open the subtitle file (could also try something like Aegisub) to find out whether the subtitle file is corrupted or not.

If the file is OK, then find out which encoding it uses – you did not tell us, which language is it?

In some cases the font or the system could not have support for certain languages or the player just has set incorrect encoding for the subtitles. UTF-8 should be universal solution, but sometimes the subtitles also use other encoding.

share|improve this answer

It seems like eighter the subtitles file is corrupted, it is encoded with a wrong charset, or your player just doesn't work properly. You should try VLC Media Player, the best and simplest, yet powerful player I've every tried.

Hope it solves your problem!

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .