I just joined the forum to share a program I wrote for overlaying subtitles over any video on a computer.
A little back story:
My girlfriend has hearing aids and needs closed captions when she watches TV. We have a computer hooked up to the TV that we use to watch DVDs. We got "The Butterfly Effect" DVD on netflix, and, lo and behold, it does not have subtitles. It is possible to download subtitles online, and one of the most common formats is an .srt file.
I couldn't find a way to play the DVD on my computer, and at the same time make it play the subtitles from the .srt file. I didn't want to keep searching more and more. It seemed easier to just write a program that reads the subtitles from the .srt file and displays them on the screen. All I had to do was start the video and the program at the same time, and I had a video with subtitles!
This program also came in handy for watching a streaming movie on netflix which does not have subtitles. So since this program was already useful to me two times, I figured other people might like to have it.
I know about this forum because I came across it at some point when I was searching for how to enable subtitles on a DVR. So this seems like a good place to post.
I'd like to hear what you guys think about this:
Is this useful for anyone, or is there already a better way to do this?
Should I post this anywhere else?
Is it useful enough to make improvements to it/make it more formal?
And now, if anyone actually wants to run the program, YOU HAVE TO FIRST READ THIS
1. This program is written in the C# language. You must first download and install the latest version of the .NET framework from Microsoft. Many newer Windows computers might have it installed already, if not go to Download .NET Framework
2. This program is NOT user-friendly. I only spent enough time on it to get it to do what I wanted it to do and that's it. You have to read the README.TXT file all the way BEFORE using it. (It can be made a lot friendlier, but there's no point in doing that if no one actually needs it, right?
3. I've included the source code in case any programmers want to edit it.
4. The zip file with everything you need is here: Subtitles.zip - Windows Live
(I can't add it as an attachment, it's a little too big)