Originally Posted by jefejt
I use XBMC to watch movies. In general I have no interest in subtitles, unless the movie happens to switch languages. Since I don't speak Russian I miss the specifics of interrogations unless I switch subtitles on, but in general I don't want them for the majority of the movie. How do I have subtitles on that generally would be on in most movies when they are speaking some other language.
That depends on how the subtitles have been muxed in the file and the format you are watching them. Are you watching in an mkv container, or straight from the disc.
If you are using mkv files, you can check (using mkvmerge - part of the mkvtoolnix package) whether a seperate 'forced' subtitle stream is included with the file. Open mkvmerge, load the file, highlight the sub stream and check if its been ripped as 'forced'. If it has then xbmc will recognise it and play it automatically. If not and the 'forced' stream is available, again using mkvmerge, open 'header editor' identify the forced stream and change it to 'forced', then save the file.