Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fixing Bollywood Subtitles in Linux

Yeah, it's Bollywood fever in Toronto.  I wanted to put up a big Bollywood classic on the home screen.  I chose Taal, and somehow an .avi and .srt file ended up on my Linux computer.  The ps3 doesn't handle this, so I had to figure out a way to 'burn' subtitles on a plain video format.

Yes, Avidemux does this, but not straightforward.  You have to pick the xvid video codec and then go into filters.  The subtitle filter asks for the .srt file, but then flumoxes you with a request for a ttf font.  I found them in /usr/share/fonts.  Nobody said this on the internet!  Pick a nice bold font.

Now I have a classic all ready to view.  It has lots of singing, dancing, and a ridiculous plot.  Something like Glee!

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