Incorporates XSUB subtitles to avi files &
Creates idx/sub subtitles
for any kind of video file
Last update 10/3/2013
PLEASE NOTE! NEW AVIAddXSubs site is
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AVIAddXSubs is a simple to use, free program to
subtitle videos converting the original srt files you may have. Its services are
useful in cases your hardware player is not able to show the subtitles directly
from srt or even if it does the result is not satisfactory. Using AVIAddXSubs and converting the srt you have a variety of options to configure
the subtitles as regards font, font size, color, outline, position, etc. This
effect is achieved through a srt conversion to another format where the
subtitles are stored as bitmaps (that is, images) already prepared in your PC.
This conversion process, takes a few minutes (or a few seconds
in many cases) and it doesn't re-encode the video so its quality
remains exactly the same. The generated subtitles are "soft", not burned in the
picture, so the user is able to activate/deactivate through his/her player's
remote control the same way it does at normal DVD playback.
There are two such subtitle
formats that can be used alternatively depending on which your player supports better.
- The XSUB format where the generated bitmaps are presented as an
additional stream inserted (or incorporated) in the video file itself.
This works only with avi files. In this case another avi is
generated that has the subtitles incorporated. Note that the input
file for XSUB conversion can be in idx/sub format too. In case of other file formats (mp4/mkv), if XSUB is the only kind of subtitle
supported, AVIAddXSubs can automatically convert mp4/mkv files, using
ffmpeg, to avi and then incorporate XSUB subtitles. For more information
read "Converting mp4/mkv to avi for XSUB subtitle incorporation" section in
- The idx/sub format. This format uses a pair of files, one with
extension idx and another with extension sub. These files go together and
replace the srt in your player. Using idx/sub, because are external files
(that is, not incorporated), you can subtitle any kind of video file. avi/mkv/mp4,
you name it, if your player supports the combination.
To incorporate XSUB subtitles (default use of the program) just place the avi
and its associated (same name) srt (or idx/sub) in the same directory and
Drag&Drop the avi on AVIAddXSubs icon or shortcut in your desktop.
In 2-3 minutes a new file with divx extension will be created and be ready to
play in your hardware DivX/XVid player. For
example from the files:
anyvideo.divx, to play in your hardware
To see the subtitles you have to activate them through your remote
control much like you do with normal DVD. Check the configuration page
of the program for the offered options. Maybe you have to put a smaller number
at "Vertical Position" field if subtitles are selectable, are selected, but do
not appear. The generated file is a regular avi and you can
rename it if this helps the player.
In a similar way you can convert srt to idx/sub. You have to go
at "Configuration 1/SUB 1" and select idx/sub instead of XSUB. To view the video just place
it together with the generated idx/sub:
In total the user has the following subtitling alternatives:
- To incorporate XSUB subtitles in the avi from srt files.
- To incorporate XSUB subtitles in the avi converting idx/sub
- To incorporate XSUB subtitles in the avi coming from a combination
of srt and idx/sub files.
- To convert mp4/mkv automatically to avi and then incorporate
- To generate idx/sub files from srt and use them as
external subtitle files (in place of the original srt) in supporting players
to subtitle any kind of video (avi/mkv/mp4 etc).
For more information and a detailed User Guide,
please click here.
ZIP File contents
- AVIAddXSubs.exe : Main utility
- SUBRenamer.exe : Renames avi and its associated srt under a new
name following AVIAddXSubs rules in case of multiple subtitles.
calclib.dll : Needed by the executables.
- menu.avi. This file is as small video which is used in case the user
adds CHAPTERS (XSUB only) to the generated files.
Just unzip the downloaded file in a directory. The program (AVIAddXSubs.exe)
is ready for use. You can create a shortcut in your desktop that will help you
to drop files on it.
- Create a shortcut of AVIAddXSubs.exe in your desktop.
- In a directory place the AVI file and its associated (same name) srt.
e.g. movie.avi and movie.srt.
- Drag & Drop any number of avi files (in the same folder) to the icon of AVIAddXSubs in the desktop.
You can also drag&drop any number of folders instead of
separate files. In this case avi/divx files in these folders and their
sub-folders will be processed. You can also start the program with a right
click on a selected avi (or group, even a group of folders). See "Right
Content menu option" at "Configuration 2" tab.
- At Configuration/SUB1 edit character set and language to your local (Use
ANSI for character set in case of English/Spanish/Italians/Germans etc).
- At "Configuration 1"\"SUB 1" select XSUB (default) or Idx/Sub.
- Press "Start"
Quick List of Facts
- After the incorporation of the XSUB subtitles, the .srt
is not needed any more. Do not put this file
together with the generated divx (or idx/sub) in the player to avoid
But do not delete srt if you wish to keep files after
viewing. It is advised to keep and store the original
video file with its srt and when you wish to view it again, generate
again the subtitles. This helps in cases you have already change your
player and another configuration at AVIAddXSubs is needed to get
the best subtitles.
- Please have in mind that this
program's purpose is to show subtitles in your hardware player and not PC.
At PC, for testing reasons before burn, use DivX player from
www.divx.com. In case you just want to
view subtitled videos at PC there are more suitable methods than subtitle
incorporation, like DirectVobSub. You can download related software
- You can incorporate XSUB subtitles (or generate idx/sub) to many
video files in the same time
if all those files reside in the same folder (for example the avi of a whole season together
with their srt). Just select the files and drag&drop in program's
icon or shortcut. You can also
select and drag&drop any number of folders. In this case all avi/divx
files in these folders and sub-folders will be processed.
- There is no re-encoding
in XSUB incorporation so
video quality is not diminishing.
XSUB subtitles is a technology (and trade mark) introduced from DivX
company. XSUB are not actually burned in the picture the way other programs
do. XSUB subtitles are inserted in the avi as an
additional stream (other than video and audio) and work in similar way
as the subtitles offered from normal DVDs.
- In case you wish to replace the incorporated subtitles
just repeat the operation with another srt (or idx/sub). AVIAddXSubs always removes any subtitles already existed in the source avi/divx
- This program do not use third party utilities like DivXMux.
So all the many problems that come from this utility, disappear.
Supports the following OS: NT/W2K/XP/VISTA/WIN7. Works also with
Wine in Linux. At Intel Macs you can use a program called
freeware although). I have read that Mac users can
too, a freeware program called Darwin
to run AVIAddxSubs in their Mac. Download and try it from
here. You have to install
the fonts that come with it. You can use also Wine
- You can
use DivX Player from www.divx.com to see
the XSUB subtitles in your PC. But
have in mind
that the results you see there, under the current configuration of the
AVIAddXSubs, will not, mandatory, be the the same in your player. To
configure the program so subtitles appear in the most wished position
there is no other way than experimentation. Please start with the
default options see the result and improve it modifying two numbers in
VP/CP options (Horizontal and vertical position) under "Configuration
- Subtitles for "latin" languages like
english, Italian, French, German etc,
have to use ANSI
at character set option at configuration page.
Japanese subtitles use
SHIFTJIS at character set option. Please note that
there is another selection,
DEFAULT. This selection takes the
character set of the computer itself, so this can be the option for most of
languages and no need to be changed to anything else.
regards RTL languages
(Arabic, Hebrew) subtitles will be
generated correctly only on PCs that have these languages properly
installed. Also selection DEFAULT
(at "Character set" option) will not work for those languages.
- If you
downloaded subtitle files in other formats than srt,
still you can use AVIAddXSubs to
incorporate the subtitles. Just use
(freeware too) and convert almost from any subtitle format to another.
AVIAddXSubs & WDTV
WDTV is a media box produced by Western Digital. If subtitles
directly from srt are not satisfactory to you, you can use idx/sub as an
alternative, generated through AVIAddxSubs. It converts srt to idx/sub in
seconds. You have to accompany your video files, instead of srt with the idx/sub
Configure AVIAddXSubs with the selections below and start subtitling your avi/mkv/mp4
(or any kind of video file):
At "Configuration 1\SUB 1":
"Do not copy avi when no XSUB"
Check "Do not convert idx/sub to XSUB"
that WDTV supports only black&white subtitles (or shades of gray). As of the
moment you cannot get "colorful" subtitles.
options or cases of multiple subtitles please consult
The above configuration applies in the First generation of WDTV.
firmware version 2.2 supports XSUB subtitles. Check this
site if it can help you
in configuration matters.
In case subtitles do not appear in your hardware DivX
- Be sure that subtitles are activated through your remote control. Is
there a list with subtitles when you press the button for subtitles? Note
that this will happen when the avi starts playing. Not before.
So wait to finish initialization and start playback.
- Test with all available options in "Mark DivX as".
- Test with "Full Screen" checked and unchecked.
- Use various values in "Vertical Position" (VP). You can create
many subtitles from the same srt with different VP. See
guide on how. Smaller VP moves subtitles up in the screen, greater
moves them down.
- In some players equipped with USB port, XSUB subtitles do
not appear when the avi is placed in a device connected to this port. Try
also a CDRW/DVDRW to see if things go better from there.
- Check if your player is in the list (below) of the "reported working
well". If it is there then something you do wrong.
What is new?
- A change in "Subtitle bitmap" options to better adapt in the
current situation and experience and make them more clear for the
user. Today video files belong in three resolution categories,
Standard (old TV), 720, 1080. Previously user had to resort to
"custom" option and enter Width and Height manually for any other
resolution except standard. Now user is able to select any of the
three predefined resolution categories and resort to "Custom" option
for very special cases.
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