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Weird symbols in subtitles

Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 20:39
by edvahass
All the subtitles I have downloaded for movies so far look like this:


I've tried VLC, XBMC and even PS3 media server. None seem to work. I'm on a mac if that helps - has anyone seen problems like these before?

Re: Weird symbols in subtitles

Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 20:58
by edvahass
Is filebot downloading subs in english at all? Any way I can specify that in a script?

Re: Weird symbols in subtitles

Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 00:58
by rednoah
Can you tell me what subtitles you're downloading? If you're using the cmdline send me the output.

You could try this:
--lang en
But english is default so it shouldn't make a difference.

--output srt --encoding utf8
This will transcode subtitles downloaded in any format/encoding to UTF-8 encoded .srt files. (Note that if FileBot doesn't correctely auto-detect the original encoding the exported subtitle might be gibberish)

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E:\testdata\300>filebot -get-subtitles . --lang en --output srt --encoding utf8
Looking up subtitles by filehash via OpenSubtitles
Matched [300 (2006).mp4] to [300.2006.1080p.BluRay.DTS.x264-CtrlHD] via filehash
Fetching []
Export [] as: SubRip / UTF-8
Writing [] to [300 (2006)]
Also you can do test to download and preview subtitles in the GUI and see what happens.

Re: Weird symbols in subtitles

Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 16:37
by maortal
i still see wierd symbols even after i force the download with utf8
file looks fine in notepad

i try to download hebrew subtitles

solution: forcing windows-1255 did the trick