Subtitles

notrui

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With kodi 18.1 (for examle) you must install the subtitles addon that you want.
Then is just download the subtitle you want and use.
 

ArcticWolf

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Hi,

How do I get subtitles to work on my minis neo-u1
In addition to @notrui2 's suggestion above - You can also download any subtitle files you want separately of Kodi if you wish. (Google will be your friend for finding out where to source the subs etc ;), in general they come from the same sources as the available add-ons anyway).

It's entirely up to you which method you prefer :). However, the Kodi add-ons are much more convenient if you want subs for entire movies or every movie you watch (or TV shows), but downloading them separately is generally the better option if all you need is subs for the smaller parts of movies that are in a foreign language. Personally, I prefer to download the .SRT files manually if & as they're required, (obviously as an example, there are other subtitle formats/file types available). It's easier to browse to the exact subs I need from a webpage than using the add-ons because you can clearly see the descriptions or any author's notes etc. I do have a couple of the sub add-ons for Kodi & they work fine but they're not quite as good sometimes when all you need is the subs for the smaller portions of a movie/TV show.

Once downloaded to your chosen device or NAS, you can either put them into a custom subtitle folder or you can simply have them in the same folder as the movies themselves. (You will need to configure/specify the path of the custom subtitle folder in Kodi's settings if you wish to go with that option.)

I have a U9-H & Kodi doesn't seem to like the subs being in a separate/custom directory. I just keep them in the same directory as the movies until I get round to remuxing the movie & the subtitle file together within a single MKV container.

Obviously, the subtitle file must be named EXACTLY the same as the movie file to work! Additionally, it seems to vary across different OS's & devices, but for my (English) external subs to work on the U9-H I have to add ".en" to the end of the actual filename or Kodi doesn't see them.

Example of how the movie & sub files need to be named:-

Movie name (2019) - 1080p.mkv
Movie name (2019) - 1080p.en.srt

If your subs are in different language to English, you'll need to use the 2 letter country code for your specific language in place of the "en".

If you've already downloaded & renamed your subtitle files, it may be the missing .en (or your specific country code) at the end of the filename that's stopping them working.

Sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is lol ;).

Shout if you need any further info :).
 
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notrui

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Very complete info @ArcticWolf ☺.
Normaly i use kodi with subtitles addon (auto) but if the subtitle is not synced with the movie/tv show i use a PC and i download the subtitle manualy.
My favorite kodi (18.1) subtitle addon for now is bsplyer and does not require login, at least for my language (portuguese) , accurate, synced and well translated.
In my Windows PC i use bsplayer, its a free media player and you can download subtitles with it, i advice you to use.
 
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ArcticWolf

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Very complete info @ArcticWolf ☺.
Normaly i use kodi with subtitles addon (auto) but if the subtitle is not synced with the movie/tv show i use a PC and i download the subtitle manualy.
My favorite kodi (18.1) subtitle addon for now is bsplyer and does not require login, at least for my language (portuguese) , accurate, synced and well translated.
:) :) :).

Yup, whatever works best for you individually :). Obviously you prefer full subtitle files that are all in Portuguese for entire movies/TV shows. The direct Kodi add-ons are definitely more convenient under such circumstances. Just choose a sub file & hit play again :).

My primary language is English & I really only require subs on occasion for some movies that may have missing subs for partial dialogue in a foreign language. Frequently, such subtitle files need a little extra effort to actually find, & it's a lot quicker & easier viewing them listed on a web page to select the right file. I generally use Subscene & I also have the Kodi add-on for Subscene too, no login required for that either, (the last time I used it at least).

I often use a PC if I need to download & rename a batch of subtitle files. If it's for a single movie I'm watching with missing subs, I just quickly jump onto Chrome on the U9-H itself, find & rename the "foreign parts only" sub file I need, & get straight back into the movie :).

It is possible to find the foreign parts only files using the Kodi add-on, I just find it quicker grabbing them externally & I always keep the sub files to remux with the movie files anyway :).
 

notrui

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@ArcticWolf sometimes i dont find subtitles and it is more difficult to understand movies/tv shows. Other times i disable the subtitle on purpose to learn and understand better english language ☺
This forum has helped me improving my english , i am thankful.
 
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ArcticWolf

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@ArcticWolf sometimes i dont find subtitles and it is more difficult to understand movies/tv shows. Other times i disable the subtitle on purpose to learn and understand better english language ☺
Agreed, sometimes the subs we need aren't always available :(. I check two or three different subtitle websites if that happens but I only have a quick scan through or I'd spend more time looking for subs than actually enjoying a movie lol ;).

Disabling the subs to improve your English is a good idea & it's certainly a lot cheaper than using learning aids like "Rosetta Stone" ;). However, if you don't need to use Google Translate here then your English is actually very good :).
 
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