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I have an .mkv file and the source says that there are about a dozen subtitles to choose from but when I play it I get swedish. I tried messing with the remote but I couldnt find any option to switch it. But normally the subtitles are a seperate .srt file where as this was just a single mkv. I know if its hardcoded you cant do anything about it but it says its not but maybe it is. How do I know?
 

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what are you using to play? I know vlc and mpc-hc will let you change/turn off subtitles.


Likely whoever created the mkv set the swedish subtitle as the default.
 

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try open the file in either vlc or mpc-hc and set the subtitle to off. Not sure if it will stick when played in WMC.
 

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I opened it with media info. Wow thats a handy app. There are subtitles like I thought and it says that the first text stream is the swedish one and the 2nd is english. I just wonder how to just turn it off? I already watched the movie just curious for in the future. Is there any way with media center?


Well I found a way to just remove the subtitles altogether using mkvmerge. There should still be a way with WMC I would think.
 

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I was playing another file last night and the same thing happened. I just have no idea how to turn the subs off. Its like there is no option on the info button when I press that whereas with a dvd there would be an option to select.
 

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did you try play the file in either vlc or mpc-hc and turn off subtitles to see if it 'sticks'
 

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I think that media control lets you choose which subtitles to display from within media center. I've been meaning to try it out for a while.


For now I use the manual way. Set MC to be non-fullscreen, right click the haali icon, choose 'subtiiles - None.' You can also change the language this way.


If you want to get rid of other subtitle languages, or change the default, then use can use MKVMerge to create a new file.
 

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I installed media control and it looks like a fantastic app but the only problem so far that I see or maybe I dont quite get how to use it yet is that it brings up the default WMC like movie library and video library etc and since I am using media browser I dont know if it will work right. I need to experiment a bit more. I noticed it can do so much though that is truly lacking in WMC as they say.
 

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I was having a similar problem and traced it to subtitles being turn on by default within the MKV file. I could turn them off with VLC or similar, but there's no setting in the Windows Video Library or Media Browser to turn them off.


I found the mkvtoolnix library and turned the default off using mkvpropedit .


This let me keep the subtitles in the file, yet they won't be seen unless I specifically select them.
 

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I completly reformatted my htpc today so I didnt get a chance to try this yet. I see its pretty easy to edit the files. I wish people would just use a .srt file instead of putting them in the mkv. I have to try the vlc thing too. I dont think that media control will work unless you arent using media browser.
 

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I've been messing around with Media Control and finally am able to switch subtitles on and off using my remote.


I'm doing it thusly:


Late model FFDShow Tryouts, xvid and divx both set to libavcodec. Using ffmpeg-mt for H.264 but I think the important part is using FFDShow for everything.


Media Control remote control & keyboard configuration page set so Green button (not to be confused with Green Button) pulls up Audio/Subtitles page.


I've mapped the Green button to a "Subtitles" button on my Harmony remote.


Pressing that "Subtitles" button on the remote now lets me put a checkmark to show subtitles - seems to pull up the matching SRT or SUB file based on the show's filename. It also lets me choose other files, which is nice when I have different languages available.


Best part: The fantastic vroksub command line utility now works with OpenSubtitles.org's new API, so I have that running on my WHS box to automatically download English and Spanish subs for new programs as they come in.


I hope this helps someone. I'm loving it!
 
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