Subtitle Word Search

VLC Extensions

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With this VLC extension you can search on online search engines the words displayed in the SRT subtitles of a video. This way you can look up online dictionaries to get translations, meanings, and others.


Copy the subtitle_word_search.lua file in one of the following directories depending upon your OS and the availability you want for other users:

All users: Program FilesVideoLANVLCluaextensions
Current user: %APPDATA%vlcluaextensions

Mac OS X
All users: /Applications/
Current user: /Users/%your_name%/Library/ApplicationSupport/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/

All users: /usr/lib/vlc/lua/playlist/ or /usr/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
Current user: ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/


[li]Open the extension clicking the View > Subtitle Word Search menu.[/li]
[li]The extension looks for all the external .srt subtitle files located in the same directory of the movie file with the same name as the video file, the same subtitles that VLC detects automatically.[/li]
[li]Select a subtitle file from the dropdown widget and load it clicking the Load button (when the extension is opened, one subtitle file will be loaded by default).[/li]
[li]The splitted words corresponding to the current playing time of the movie are displayed in a list.[/li]
[li]Navigate through the subtitles behind/ahead of the current time clicking the > buttons.[/li]
[li]Forward the playing time, click the Refresh button and see the updated subtitles.[/li]
[li]Select a word, select a search engine, and click the Search button.[/li]
[li]The web content will be displayed in the box at the bottom. You can also open the query link in your browser clicking the generated Open in browser link.[/li]

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Last changelog:

3 years ago

1.1: Add support to jump to the current subtitle.

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