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I was looking for ways to use external subtitles with DVD movies and have found several solutions (amongst others, MPC-HC).

But I was surprised that VLC was not a solution here - and I imagine some settings are possible. I have tested different settings for the Video Output, but then the subs disappeared etc when for a moment it seemed to work: subtitles may disappear from time to time or appear for too short a time, or they may fully disappear after seeking back or forth withing the video.

I have tested this in Mac, Windows and Linux.

Are there some tweaks under the hood in order to make it work in VLC?

  • for reference an answer that does not provide a solution - here – user162573 Sep 13 '14 at 11:49
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Yes, all you have to do is open the subtitle file in VLC's Menu Bar.

Subtitles > Add Subtitle File...

Add an external subtitle file to VLC while watching a video

Browse for an appropriate subtitle file (example: subtitles.srt)

If the subtitles are not synced with your audio, use the h and j keys to adjust subtitle delay offset.

  • I am sorry that my question was not clear enough. I will try to make it clearer. What you show is how to add the subtitles, which is useful but was by no means a mystery. The problem was that the external subs for dvds are not properly displayed in VLC: subtitles are not displayed all the time, and/or disappear after seeking back or forth the video. - Also, I see you tested on a Mac. I have no dvd player connected to my macbook, but as far as I can tell (by playing local dvd folders), the 2.2.6 VLC version for Mac has the same problems. - Is your system not affected by this? – user162573 Sep 16 '17 at 11:15
  • I understand now. I'm using version 2.2.5.1 on Windows, and version 2.2.4 on OSX. I also don't have a DVD player on my Mac. I can reproduce your problem on my windows computer with a DVD, and I cannot offer a solution. To play the DVD on my Mac, I first ripped the video using Handbrake, working around the issue on that computer. – Grimtech Sep 16 '17 at 19:59

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