Originally Posted by dumbguy
Hi guys, I could use a bit of advise please. I've read the last 15 pages, some dealing with forced subtitles which is making me want to reevaluate my approach.
I was planning on ripping my large blu-ray collection to disk. Since I only ever watch the main movie only, that is what I started doing with MakeMKV. Extracting
the main feature, all english audio, and all english subtitles. Now I am reading how forced subtitles will not show unless you take on multiple steps to get it to work.
That would be a bit too much for me to do. With space not being an issue for me, I wanted to know if I am better off just ripping the entire disc, menu, extras and all
to .iso format with the AnyDVD HD seeing how I have a lifetime subscription to that. My setup is I have a few Boxee Boxes around the home and would prefer to continue
using that still even though it has its HD Audio dropout problems which I am able to live with. So if I do a full blu-ray rip and put it in .iso format with AnyDVD HD will forced
subs work the way they are suppose to?
I would prefer to keep my movies in .mkv format, but the forced subtitle issues and work you have to do to fix it is an issue for me.
Thanks for the help.
Well, if Boxee Box plays BD.ISO with chapters, subs, and forced subs ... I guess you have your answer.
But you say to want to keep .MKV instead.
I have yet to find a program that does what MakeMKV does (even minus the decryption):
- Self contained
- Easy and Fast
- No re-encode (fast and maintains full quality)
- Audio (7.1 plus 5.1 Core)
- Audio (drop non-English)
- Subtitles (drop non-English)
My Workflow Summary:
Use DVDFab BluRay Copy - to copy whole BD to files
Use MakeMKV on main title (includes Audio, Subs, ForcedSubs and Chapters)
Use MKVMergeGUI to change Forced flag on the one dialog sub (often an alien speaking)
The MKVMergeGUI part only takes a few minutes and is required if you want Forced Subs:
Play in VLC. See that there is 4 English Subtitles, and the 3rd one is the Forced one.
Select File -> Header Editor
In Header Editor, select File -> Open
Select your MKV file.
You'll now see the list of tracks. Open the subtitle track you want to be forced.
- Notice there are also 4, but numbered 4,6,9,10. The third one (or #9) must be the right one
Click on "Forced Display" Flag.
In right window, check "Add Element", and then set Current Value to "yes".
Select File -> Save
In right window, Current Value to "yes".
Select File -> Save
Only takes a few seconds
At the end of my Workflow, I end up with a 100% MKV solution, so the steps are worth it.