Some movies I download legally, contain embededd subtitles. I would like ego extract them as text files(.srt, .sub, etc) in order to view the movie on a samsung tv, which needs separate files for both movie and subtitles. I tried with VLC bout found no way to extract them, do you know about any other way? Preferably for OSX.
If your video happens to be in mp4 format then for example MP4Box can be used to demux (extract) the different types of streams (video, audio, subtitles) from it. This works only if subtitles are not actually "burned" on the video image (easy test - can you turn them off in your player? If yes then all should be well).
For mp4 files I use MyMp4BoxGui from http://www.videohelp.com/tools/My-MP4Box-GUI. This is a Windows tool which will separate the different tracks in an MP4 file including subtitle tracks, if present.
- Launch MyMp4BoxGui.
- Click Demux tab.
- Click "Open" button and select mp4 file.
- Will show video, audio file and "timed text" (subtitles) if present.
- Click checkbox for timed text item.
- Click "Demux" button.
- Will process mp4 file to .srt in mp4 file directory.
Unfortunately, many video files (esp. DVDs) store subtitles as bitimages. Extracting these as text for a .srt file requires an OCR process. Google SubRip for one solution.
If you're dealing with a video which is a movie, you might be better off not trying to extract subtitles from your video files. Instead go to a site like http://subscene.com/ and download a srt file in the desired language for your video. If there is more than one subtitle file, you'll have to try them until you find one that best syncs with your file. Or use a program like Subtitle_edit, to tweak the sub file.
On the other hand if your subtitles (or anyone else's who happens to read your question from now on for that matter =) are hardcoded i.e., embedded in your video file, which is often the case with AVI files for instance. It's also possible to extract them but you will need to proceed with OCR (Optical Character Recognition). SubRip for instance, there are others. The extraction that way takes much more time, because of the numerous computations involved by OCR (several filters must be applied to extract any "useful information", timecodes, ... then it's simple OCR as each frame may be processed as a picture) and the results depend of your video (are the subtitles outlined ? how readable/legible is the font used to display them ? are they displayed directly on the video or is there some stationary background ? ...)
I've tried XMedia Recode and it worked great for a .mkv file. I assume it can handle "soft subtitles" in many other formats as well. It is currently only available for Windows however.
Steps: (for version 188.8.131.52 64bit)
- Click on "Open File" or go to "File > Open File..." on the menu bar and select the video from which you want to extract the subtitles. Alternatively you can drag and drop the video.
- Under the "Format" tab, select "SubRip subtitle" as the format type from the drop-down.
- Make sure the file you added is selected in the application window, then go to the "Subtitle" tab. Select the file in the "Source" box and click the right-pointing arrow button to take it to the "Output" box.
- Click on "Add to queue" from the toolbar or use "Edit > Add to queue". Under the "Queue" tab, you can double-click on the job to change the destination folder and filename.
- Finally, click "Encode" or "File > Encode" and the subtitles will be extracted in no time.
(I learnt about the software from this Reddit).