Saturday, August 21, 2010

Multiple subtitles with KMPlayer

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How to watch movies with multiple subtitles loaded simultaneously using KMPLayer
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In this post I'd like to introduce the KMPlayer and show you how to watch a movie with multiple subtitles displayed simultaneously.
What is KMPlayer? It's a Korean media player that supports many video/audio formats and offers a wide variety of video/audio/subtitle enhancement capabilities with full multi-language support. You can read more about it on Wikipedia and download it from the developer's homepage:

Since KMPlayer offers an interface in multiple languages, you'd want to set it to English to follow along with my post. Start the player, right-click anywhere on the screen, choose Options and make sure Advanced Menu is checked. Next, right-click the screen again and choose Languages - English.ini.

Now...on to the multisubtitles. Let's assume that you have a movie and some subtitles downloaded from the Internet. It is best to place the subtitles in the same folder as and name them the same as the movie file (with different name endings to indicate language: .ENG, .FRN, .JPN, etc.). If you do this KMPlayer will automatically load your subtitles into memory as soon as you open the movie file.

It's time to start the show. Open up the movie file with KMPlayer. Right-click the screen, choose Subtitles - Subtitle Languages. If you have named the files the same, the subtitles would show up automatically here. If not you can manually load the first subtitle by choosing Load Subtitle or by hitting Alt+O. In the same context menu, click on 2nd Subtitle and 3rd Subtitle to load your additional subtitles.

The subtitles should show up on your video screen immediately. However, they are probably in very inconvenient locations and sizes.

In order to manually adjust the location and size of your subtitles., hit F2 to access the Preferences menu. Choose Font Style under Subtitle Processing. Cycle through the 1st - 2nd - 3rd Subtitle tabs at the top and uncheck the "Inherit the attribute of the first subtitle" option. Then under Font size, enter your desired value (larger value means smaller size, as I believe C/L stands for character per line).

Now, go under Alignment and pay attention to the Subtitles Alignment/Margin section. For each of your subtitles, select where you want the subtitle to show up by clicking on 1 of the 9 radio buttons here (for example, clicking on the top-left button means that your subtitle will be displayed on the top-left area of the screen). Next, make sure the Top/Bottom % value is 0 so that your subtitle stays as close to the edge of the screen as possible. Finally, if you're placing one subtitle on top of another on the same area of the screen, be sure to increase the Top/Bottom pixels value of the subtitle you're placing on top so that it doesn't overlap with the bottom one (you can check by looking at the video screen after each adjustment since the changes are applied instantly).

With some trial and error, hopefully you will have all of the subtitles displayed correctly. Simply sit back, enjoy the movie and the language learning experience.

Some final remarks:
*KMPlayer is very much one of my favorite players for playing movies alongside GOM Player, another Korean product, and VLC Player (made by students of the École Centrale Paris). These three players are light, fast, support many formats, offer very easy shortcut keys and are {somewhat} open-sourced. All three are highly recommended (although only KMPlayer is capable of multisubtitling).
*KMPlayer currently only allows 3 subtitles to load at a time. Hopefully they will increase this limit in the future.
*KMPlayer also allows your subtitles to be displayed vertically, which is very convenient for East Asian subtitles. To access this feature simply check the box "Display subtitle vertically (as if in the Theater)" under Preferences - Subtitle Processing - Alignment. Then tweak with the font size and placement settings until you get the desired result.
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