HandBrake Subtitles

HandBrake is a popular program for ripping DVDs and for converting converts movie files from one format to another.

I extended HandBrake to support subtitles from file inputs (in addition to DVDs) and to support the SSA and ASS subtitle formats, which are popular for encoding Japanese anime and foreign films.

My main motivation for adding subtitle support was to watch movies on my iPhone while riding public transit and flying long-distance.

This was the first open source project I participated in.

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  • HandBrake 0.9.5 and later has subtitle support
  • I have personally tested:
    • HandBrake svn3563 (2010100201)
    • HandBrake svn3567 (2010100301)

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SSA Problems?

If you experience any major rendering issues with SSA subtitles, please:

These days (as of 2011) I am more or less inactive on HandBrake development.

Updates

Simultaneous subtitle support added

2011-02-24

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=18379&p=93265


HandBrake 0.9.5 released

2011-01-03

Now everyone can see my SSA subtitle improvements.

http://handbrake.fr/?article=11


SSA burn-in support committed!

2010-09-28

At long last. The main body of work is now complete.

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17609&start=75#p83649


SSA burn-in now compiles under all supported architectures.

2010-09-19

Announced: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17609&start=50#p83250


Initial version of SSA burn-in patch completed.

2010-08-14

Announced: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17609#p81389


Wrote HandBrake Architectural Guide.

2010-07-02

This should help new developers on the HandBrake project come up to speed more quickly.

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16559#p77909


Now decodes SSA to UTF-8 subtitles.

2010-06-01

Subtitled anime is now playable on iPhone, albeit without styling info.

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16538#p77832


Can now transcode all subtitle formats that it can output.

2010-05-20

HandBrake can now transcode all subtitle formats that it can output (VOB, UTF-8, TX3G).

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16267#p77158


General support for subtitles from file-inputs.

2010-05-04

Committed: https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16099#p76255


Approach decided.

2010-04-13

Announced to the HandBrake community here:
https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15967