Originally Posted by Josh Z
For what it's worth, the studios have been relayed this message, and have decided that they don't care.
Okay. As we can see, in some cases subtitles are within the picture. In case of Bollywood, two Eros movies are okay and the one released by Sony Pictures is not okay.
Who makes the decision to place the subtitles in a particular manner? Does the studio sends a requirements document to the disk authors, if so, is the subtitle position a part of this document. Could it be a total random decision depending on the mindset of the authoring person at that point in time?
Would there be an issue for the studios to include two subtitle tracks: one within the picture and the other on the black bars (provided this is a trivial task as only few more clicks are needed at the authoring stage to duplicate a subtitle track to a different position).
Also, would there be an issue if only a single track is given within the picture. Would people oppose to this. If anyone opposes this, have they really thought through it. That is the distraction due to focusing your eyes on black bars especially if you are watching a long subtitled movie. This distraction will be higher if your screen is large.
The categories of people that require subtitles within the picture:
1. The black bar haters: They hate to see the black bars. If the subtitles are placed on the black bars, they are forced to look at the bars to read the subtitles.
2. Zoomers: They cannot zoom if the subtitles are on the black bars. They require the subtitles to be within the picture.
3. CIH watchers: They require subtitles to be within the picture as they cannot read the subtitles if on the black bars.
Above 3 categories could be more than 50% of the blu-ray population.
Is there a category of people preferring subtitles on the black bars? If so, are there any reasons for that?
If any industry insiders are reading this, please help…..