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I would like to use a movie player that downloaded subtitles in the language of my preference automatically. There is anything like it? And plugins?

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pretty sure you can add this into XBMC via plugin/script, and there's probably one floating around somewhere. posting as a comment since i don't have specifics. – quack quixote Jan 21 '10 at 15:09
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VLC can do this with an integrated addon.

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The addon, called VLSub is to be found separately here, it searches and downloads subtitles from using the hash of the video currently playing or its title.

VLC has an addons/extension site: There is to be found another VLC addon for subtitles, called Subtitle Finder. Seems from time to time a bit deprecated, while the VLSub is actively supported and updated.

How to install extensions in VLC: - put the file in the vlc subfile /lua/extensions, by default:

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

  • Windows (current user): %APPDATA%\vlc\lua\extensions\

  • Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/

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

  • Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/

(create directories if they don't exist)

VLC with VLSub can even find subtitles for DVDs, although VLC is not too good at displaying such external subtitles for DVD movies. But it can search and download them, as follows:

  • Load the DVD movie in VLC and open VLSub under 'View'
  • Enter the name of the movie and search by name. If found, download it; the subtitles will be announced as loaded but in fact VLC will probably not be able to display them (more here); "click here to open the file", the file will be then downloaded via the default browser; in case the VLSub window will say that it cannot save the file, try to see if in fact it has saved it in a temporary folder (in Windows the subtitle will be in 'C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\vlc\lua\extensions\userdata\vlsub') and will have no name: will appear as '.srt'. In order to test the subtitle and see if it's synced, follow this answer. It involves using Media Player Classic (which can also easily create synced subtitles) or PotPlayer. Open the DVD movie in MPC-HC or PotPlayer and drag and drop the '.srt' file into the player. (I have tested this part only in Windows for the moment.)

Also, in Windows, BSPlayer downloads subtitles automatically, as already mentioned by a previous answer.

Media Player Classic (Home Cinema) has a download option under: File - Subtitle database - Download

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Subdownloader, is a great tool. (For Windows it is not free.)

One might try Sublight: but it looks bloated and all for nothing after all, compared with something like the tiny VLC script.

Summing up:

For Windows:

  1. VLC - VLSub
  2. BSPlayer
  3. Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

For Linux:

  1. VLC - VLSub
  2. SMPlayer
  3. SubDownloader

For Mac:

  1. VLC - VLSub

VLSUB does not work with VLC 2.1 in any platform. Use older or newer versions of VLC.

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i am using this function to show subtitles using VLC player. problem is that if use my beamer to display i do not see any subtitles. Any ideas? – Thariama Dec 5 '13 at 11:39
@Thariama: this is about finding and downloading subtitles. i do not understand what you mean by "using beamer to display subtitles". i guess you mean a video projector? the fact that vlc displays or not subtitles (in a normal display or a video projector) is a separate issue for which you should create a separate question. – cipricus Dec 6 '13 at 19:10
at cipricus: thank you – Thariama Dec 9 '13 at 11:46

SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more.

One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

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Other additional interesting features:

  • Configurable subtitles. You can choose font and size, and even colors for the subtitles.
  • Audio track switching. You can choose the audio track you want to listen. Works with avi and mkv. And of course with DVDs.
  • Seeking by mouse wheel. You can use your mouse wheel to go forward or backward in the video.
  • Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image.
  • Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X... and even in slow motion.
  • Filters. Several filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal).
  • Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles.
  • Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs.
  • Playlist. Allows you to enqueue several files to be played one after each other. Autorepeat and shuffle supported too.
  • Preferences dialog. You can easily configure every option of SMPlayer by using a nice preferences dialog.
  • Possibility to search automatically for subtitles in
  • Translations: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 20 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese....
  • It's multiplatform. Binaries available for Windows and Linux.

SMPlayer is free open source software (FOSS), a portable version is available.

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it worked!!!!!!! – Jader Dias Jan 23 '10 at 22:59
but of course ... :) – Molly7244 Jan 23 '10 at 23:34
in case SMPlayer does not find anything, try the VLSub extension (VLC) I can say it can find more subs in most cases. – cipricus Feb 23 '14 at 18:33
In my version (Ubuntu Linux) it cannot donwload subtitles. Error downloading server replied: Service unavailable Maybe the server url changed? – conualfy Oct 13 '14 at 14:06
Does not work for DVDs because SMPlayer won't let you change the search term manually. VLC (with plugin) will download the subtitles but not display them when playing DVDs. – Suzana_K Jun 27 '15 at 21:13

BSPlayer used to automatically search for subtitle on the web when I used it.

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Splayer claims it can do this, haven't tested it myself though.

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