Subtitle & OSD settings

Subtitles are information about a video that is superimposed on the video, on-screen display (OSD), the basic technology for this. Via which not only the superimposing of subtitles but also those of operating, status, and Additional information is supported.

It can therefore be said that settings for displaying subtitles and other objects in the screen display are offered in this dialog view. Such other objects are, for example, the display of the file name, a logo, an action message. Above all, the control that can be displayed in full-screen mode.

Subtitles differ from the other objects only in that they are part of the video, while all other objects are created by VLC.

The Subtitle settings divide into:

  • On-screen display
  • Subtitle language
  • Subtitle Effects

On-Screen Display

The following three setting options are available in this subgroup:

  • Activate On-Screen Display (OSD)

    Only if this option is activated, additional information can be displayed in the video. The exception to this is the control in full-screen mode, which, provided it is activated, is displayed even if this option is not activated here.

  • Show media title in video

    If the name of the video file currently being played is to be shown, it is not enough to just activate this option. The above option must also be activated.

  • Position (of the media title)

    With this, nine different positions from a selection list can be used to determine where the media title should be displayed.

Subtitle language

This sub-group enables the following two setting options:

  • Preferred subtitle language

    In general, you do not need to change anything in this setting, unless the subtitles are not displayed in the desired language. In such a case, enter the first two or three letters of the desired and available language in the input field of this option. You can also specify more than one language. To do this, the individual language abbreviations must be separated by a comma. All entries must be made without quotation marks.
    For example, if the abbreviations are entered for two languages, you can switch between these two subtitle languages ​​using the V shortcut.

  • Standard coding

    The standard coding defines the character set to be used for the subtitle output. During the installation, VLC decides which of the available fonts this should be. You therefore only need to change something very rare for this option. Only the character sets listed in the selection list can be set.

Subtitle Effects

The setting of the subtitle effects is particularly important. The changing backgrounds are the biggest problem. By default, a setting has already been selected that will lead to a satisfactory display in most cases. Contours are also very important because they still allow legibility with a background in the same font color. The display of the subtitles can be designed using the following eight options in this subgroup:

  • Font

    One of the available fonts can be selected via the selection list for this option.

  • Font size

    The font size can be changed relative to the current font size using one of five options in the selection list.

  • Standard text color

    The text color can be freely defined using a color setting dialog.

  • Contour thickness

    The thickness of the contour can be set using the selection list.

  • Contour color

    The color of the contours can be freely defined using a color settings dialog.

  • Add a shadow

    If this option is activated, a shadow is added to the font in addition to the outline.

  • Add a background

    This option enables the subtitle font to be displayed on a background that is in the opposite color to the font.

  • Force subtitle position

    For this option positive or negative values ​​can be entered, which determine how far above or below the set position the subtitles are to be displayed. This means that subtitles can even be pulled down from a video, for example, provided the respective monitor is larger than the video.

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