Subtitler (lite)
VLC Extensions
Description:

"Subtitler (lite) mod.lua" - A semiautomatic workaround for VLC-2.1+ with [Refresh] button in the dialog box that should be pressed periodically during playback. Just use it with some button presser / key sender (see USAGE below).
"Subtitler (lite).lua" - The extension works only in VLC-2.0.x. The automatic solution should not be forgotten. VLC archive: http://download.videolan.org/vlc/

Subtitler (lite) is VLC extension that displays subtitles on the screen in a playing video and/or in a dialog box. Now you can watch your film with 2 different subtitles. Subtitler (lite) mod now can SKIP unwanted scenes (intro, credits, commercials, unimportant scenes, ...) or MUTE selected scenes.

DOWNLOAD:
- click the download button below
- save the .zip file
INSTALLATION:
- extract (unzip) the .lua file and put it in the VLC subdir /lua/extensions (create "extensions" directory if it does not exist there), by default:
* Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\
* Windows (current user): %APPDATA%\VLC\lua\extensions\
* Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/
* Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
* Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/
* Mac OS X (current user): /Users/%your_name%/Library/Application Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/
Restart the VLC.
USAGE:
Then you simply start the extension by going to the "View" menu or "Vlc > Extensions" on Mac OS X and selecting it there.
The extension will try to load SRT subtitle file of the same name and location as a playing media ("d:\films\film.avi" --> "d:\films\film.srt").
Subtitler (lite) mod: Then you need to keep pressing the [Refresh] button in the dialog box. You rather use some button presser / key sender. Following ones are included in the package:
- "keypresser.vbs", a simple VBScript for Windows users;
- "buttonpresser.applescript", a simple AppleScript for Mac OS X users
http://addons.videolan.org/content/show.php?content=152364&forumpage=1#c473169
- Linux, xdotool - A shell script:
http://wikiwiki.jp/disklessfun/?misc1#e976f4fa
"sleep 0.1" or "usleep 100000" instead of "sleep 1"?

AutoHotkey script for Windows:
https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=97791&start=40#p407054

To set up the Subtitler (lite), please edit global variables at the beginning of the script:
http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=97791#p346506
subtitles_uri = nil
The default value nil means, that the variable subtitles_uri is not defined and the script automatically looks for a SubRip (SRT) subtitle file of the same name and location as a playing media ("d:\films\film.avi" --> "d:\films\film.srt"). You can customize the "srt" extension in filename_extension variable (see below).
You can set your custom uri ("file:///D:/films/subtitles.srt"). A web browser can help you to encode a path in uri format (Firefox: open a file (drag&drop) in the browser, right-click, show info).
output_dialogbox = false
Set the value true or false. If it is true, then it displays subtitles in the dialog window.
output_osd = true
It displays subtitles in a playing video. If a video is not available (audio files), then it automatically displays subtitles (lyrics) in the dialog box.
osd_position = "top"
You can place subtitles in a playing video on "top", "top-left", "top-right", "left", "center", "right", "bottom", "bottom-left", "bottom-right".
charset = "Windows-1250"
Set an appropriate code page of your subtitle files (Western European subtitles "Windows-1252"). UTF-8 charset is automatically detected, but you can force it if you want. nil value also means "UTF-8" charset.
filename_extension = "srt"
You can set your custom extension for your subtitles dedicated to Subtitler. You can set a language code ("eng.srt") or you can set some other extension ("srt-vlc") as a subtitle file now can contain commands for Subtitler (lite) mod.
execute_commands = true
The default value executes commands [SKIP], [MUTE] found at the beginning of a subtitle text. You can use any subtitle editor with SRT support (Subtitle Edit http://www.nikse.dk/subtitleedit/ , Aegisub http://www.aegisub.org/ ) or just any ordinary text editor (Notepad) to create/edit SRT subtitles/scripts/cutlists for Subtitler (lite) mod.

Forum location: http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=97791

Donation:
If you find this extension interesting, your donation is welcome at http://www.videolan.org/ to encourage developers to do some maintenance and improvements of Lua Extensions support in VLC.
https://trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/8097
https://trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/3883
Last changelog:

4 years ago

Subtitler (lite) mod 1.2 (2.11.2014) 33650
- support for [SKIP] and [MUTE] commands at the beginning of subtitle text
- autodetection of UTF-8 charset of loaded subtitles
- different method of loading subtitles (URI) now should not have any problem to load subtitle files with paths containing also other than Basic Latin (non-ASCII) characters

Subtitler (lite) mod 1.1 (29.3.2014)
- a workaround for VLC-2.1+ with [Refresh] button in the dialog box that should be pressed periodically during playback. Some software button presser or key sender is recommended. A simple VBS script for Windows users is included in the package.

Subtitler (lite) 1.0 (13.7.2012)
- initial release based on vlc.var.add_callback() function removed since VLC-2.1

alanbill

9 months ago

I would suggest you to use PlayerXtreme. A couple of times, it was difficult for everyone to understand the vocals. So people need a player that support subtitles with proper stability. I discovered PlayerXtreme in this category, the best app till now. It allows you to restyle and resize the subtitles. You can also download new subtitles by using its download subtitles feature. It also supports all popular formats of subtitles. It allows Closed Captioned (CC), SRT, SMI, TXT and more. It has also the capability to play approximately 40 formats without any conversion

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mederi

1 year ago

Quote:
http://addons.videolan.org/content/show.php?content=152364&forumpage=1#c477914
On Linux
by KqdK2J4K on: 12 hours ago

http://wikiwiki.jp/disklessfun/?misc1#e976f4fa

Thank you for sharing your script. I will put it in description and package of the extension.

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mederi

1 year ago

Quote:
sleep 1
This command waits 1 second that might be too long. Try to use "sleep 0.1" instead of "sleep 1" or use "usleep 100000" with microseconds. I cannot test it as I am on Windows XP. Please somebody let me know the best solution.

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surferau

2 years ago

locate the string in "Subtitler (lite) mod.lua" file
data = file:read(500000)

and add after

data = string.gsub(data, "\r", "")

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mederi

2 years ago

What OS?

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surferau

2 years ago

Pretty much any since the regular expression which used to parse the srt file does not take in mind that in windows line endings are \r\n not just \n . That means any srt file made under windows will not work.

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mederi

2 years ago

Well, the script works well for me on my system Windows XP, VLC 32-bit. The "\r\n" EOLs are automatically converted to "\n"s by the file:read() function.
Please confirm conditions when is the different behavior. VLC 64-bit? Linux or Mac? I cannot test it, but it is really possible that you are true and additional line of code is necessary there.

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surferau

2 years ago

Did not work on MAC OS

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mederi

2 years ago

Was it the same crash as was already reported here by conehead on May 31, 2014, and the additional line of code is the solution?
http://addons.videolan.org/content/show.php?content=152364&forumpage=1#c465569
The script should not crash. It just should not find any subtitles in the file. I can pass all necessary information to VLC developers to fix this crashing issue and I can update the script.
Is there any method to send "Enter" keystrokes automatically and periodically into the "Subtitler (lite) mod" dialog box on Mac OSX? Any script or application?
Thank you for your report and solution.

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mederi

2 years ago

Hi, surferau! Please confirm whether the new version (1.2) of Subtitler (lite) mod works on Mac OS X. Thanks.

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francalba

2 years ago

Hello Mederi, congratulations for your app: \"Subtitler (lite) mod.lua\"

I would very pleased if you could tell me what lines of your program do I have to change for keeping always the subtitle on the screen.

Thanks in advance.
F. Alba.

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mederi

2 years ago

What do you mean by "keeping always the subtitle on the screen"?

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francalba

2 years ago

I mean that the subtitles is enabled on screen always, without the need of pushing Refresh button.
Thank you.

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mederi

2 years ago

There is not any better solution for VLC-2.1+. The "add_callback()" has been removed from Lua extensions.
You just need to use some "keypresser" or "keysender", an external application that is able to send "Enter" keystrokes to "Subtitler (lite) mod" window in certain time interval (about 100 ms) automatically. I have written and included a simple VBScript for Windows users. Linux users could find some application on the Internet and share their recommendation right here.

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haroldcruzortiz

2 years ago

Working nicely on my Mac :-)
I wrote this applescript "to Keep always the subtitle on screen"
(it could be useful for someone):

tell application "System Events"
tell process "VLC"
repeat
try
click button "Refresh" of window "Subtitler (lite) mod"
end try
delay 0.1
end repeat
end tell
end tell

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mederi

2 years ago

Thanks! I will put it in the description of the extension.
Now only Linux remains without similar simple solution for automatic pressing of the button.

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KqdK2J4K

1 year ago

http://wikiwiki.jp/disklessfun/?misc1#e976f4fa

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francalba

2 years ago

Hello Mederi, congratulations for your app: \"Subtitler (lite) mod.lua\"

I would very pleased if you could tell me what lines of your program do I have to change for keeping always the subtitle on the screen.

Thanks in advance.
F. Alba.

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francalba

2 years ago

Hello Mederi, congratulations for your app: \"Subtitler (lite) mod.lua\"

I would very pleased if you could tell me what lines of your program do I have to change for keeping always the subtitle on the screen.

Thanks in advance.
F. Alba.

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conehead

3 years ago

VLC 2.1.4, OS X 10.8.5

Does any one know how to make it work in OS X?

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mederi

3 years ago

Is the "Subtitler (lite) mod.lua" file in the right place: "/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/" or "/Users/%your_name%/Library/Application Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/"? Does the extension appear in VLC > Extensions > Subtitler (lite) mod? If you activate the extension, does the dialog box appear on the screen? I need a feedback from OS X users as I am on Windows.

Then the extension works as described in the screenshot: play a media first, activate the extension, press and hold Enter key or use an application that sends the presses of the Enter key automatically in the dialog box. The activated extension should automatically load SRT subtitle file with the same name and place as a playing media file when activating the extension or you can specify the path to SRT file directly in the script (edit the Lua script in a text editor). The path should not contain any special characters. It can contain only ASCII characters (Basic Latin range in Unicode charset), but this is probably only Windows related problem.

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conehead

3 years ago

This is what I've done.

1. Put the file 'Subtitler (lite) mod.lua' in /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/
2. Play a media
3. Activate the extension VLC > Extensions > Subtitler (lite) mod
4. Don't know what you mean by 'press and hold enter'. Sometimes the extension window shows, sometimes it crashes - here's the report

Process: VLC [51277]
Path: /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC
Identifier: org.videolan.vlc
Version: 2.1.4 (2.1.4)
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [204]
User ID: 501

Date/Time: 2014-05-31 08:18:37.561 +0200
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)
Report Version: 10

Crashed Thread: 18

Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: EXC_I386_GPFLT

Thread 18 Crashed:
0 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007b740c lua_replace + 204
1 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007d0a58 gmatch_aux + 168
2 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007bbda4 luaD_precall + 1316
3 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007bbe3e luaD_call + 94
4 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007c6933 luaV_execute + 1139
5 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007bbe4f luaD_call + 111
6 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007bb295 luaD_rawrunprotected + 85
7 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007bb309 luaD_pcall + 73
8 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007b5b03 lua_pcall + 275
9 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007a39e1 lua_ExecuteFunctionVa + 417
10 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007a349d lua_ExecuteFunction + 157
11 liblua_plugin.dylib 0x00000001007a4e9a Run + 314
12 libsystem_c.dylib 0x00007fff91ae2772 _pthread_start + 327
13 libsystem_c.dylib 0x00007fff91acf1a1 thread_start + 13

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mederi

3 years ago

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mederi

3 years ago

Are there any extensions that works in OS X? Please try "Animated ASCII Art" extension as the "Subtitler (lite) mod" is based on the same principle. Please try also "Sampler (PG)", "VLSub" and some others if you can. Thanks.

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conehead

3 years ago

http://addons.videolan.org/content/show.php/VLSub+0.9.11?content=148752

"VLSub is not working with Vlc 2.1.x on any platform because the lua "net" module needed to interact with opensubtitles has been removed in this release for the extensions.
Works with Vlc 2.2 on mac and linux."

VLC 2.2 for OS X has yet not been release.

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4 years ago

Subtitler (lite) mod 1.2 (2.11.2014) 33650
- support for [SKIP] and [MUTE] commands at the beginning of subtitle text
- autodetection of UTF-8 charset of loaded subtitles
- different method of loading subtitles (URI) now should not have any problem to load subtitle files with paths containing also other than Basic Latin (non-ASCII) characters

Subtitler (lite) mod 1.1 (29.3.2014)
- a workaround for VLC-2.1+ with [Refresh] button in the dialog box that should be pressed periodically during playback. Some software button presser or key sender is recommended. A simple VBS script for Windows users is included in the package.

Subtitler (lite) 1.0 (13.7.2012)
- initial release based on vlc.var.add_callback() function removed since VLC-2.1

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