Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#346 new defect

mencoder ignores subtitle font settings when using ttf fonts

Reported by: mat@… Owned by: reimar
Priority: normal Component: core
Version: HEAD Severity: normal
Keywords: Cc: nirmisgav@…
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I try to encode some movies adding hardcoded subtitles. I found the optimal
font and font settings for me - when I set font parameters using mplayer
subtitles show exactly as I would like them to show. Unfortunately after using
the same exact options for mencoder I get the subtitles rendered with correct
font, but much smaller than what I need. Font I use is some TTF Arial variant
(but I tested it with differnt fonts with no luck).

It seems that this error/behaviour was introduced somewhere after 1.0pre6 -
I've been trying my luck with older versions and in 1.0pre6 everything works
fine (but older versions won't read my source files properly). I found this in
1.0pre7 first and today I tried the CVS version - it's still there.

Example command line (first pass only) is:
mencoder input.mkv -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=1:vbitrate=1600 -oac
mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3:br=160 -o test.avi -ffourcc DIVX -frames 600
-font /usr/share/fonts/TrueType/arialbd.ttf -sid 0

Input file is some Matroska contained movie, but I tried it on normal avi's
with external subtitles - effect is the same.

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mplayer.jpg (21.0 KB) - added by mat@… 13 years ago.
example of the video played by mplayer (correctly)
mencoder.jpg (20.0 KB) - added by mat@… 13 years ago.
example of the video after encoding with mencoder (incorrectly)

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Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by reimar

Try the
Maybe it works with mplayer you already have them in the config?

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

I _did_ tried (probably) every option related to subtitle font size. None of
them works with mencoder while exactly the same options (with empty config)
works fine with mplayer.

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by dominik@…

There are no font-related options in your example command, so please provide an
example that doesn't work and - preferably - some screenshots/frame captures.

Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

example of the video played by mplayer (correctly)

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

example of the video after encoding with mencoder (incorrectly)

comment:5 Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

comment:6 Changed 13 years ago by mat@…

Ok. So example that does not work:

First I removed mplayer config just to be sure that it does not introduce any
problems. Then I tried playing a video with subtitles using mplayer:

mplayer video.avi -sub subs.sub -subfont-text-scale 5 -subfont-blur 0
-font /usr/share/fonts/TrueType/arial.ttf

Everything is OK - mplayer shows big subtitles as it suuposed (scale 5).

Then I encoded piece of the same video with exactly the same parameters for

mencoder -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1600 -oac mp3lame -lameopts
vbr=3:br=160 -o xxx.avi -ffourcc DIVX -frames 100 video.avi -sub subs.sub
-subfont-text-scale 5 -subfont-blur 0
-font /usr/share/fonts/TrueType/arial.ttf

After playing then resulting xxx.avi the hardcoded subtitle looks like
mencoder just ignores -subfont-text-scale option.

Attached are the example screenshots.

comment:7 Changed 11 years ago by nirmisgav@…

  • Cc nirmisgav@… added

I have the same problem.
This is the command I use :

mencoder 1408.avi -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1000:vhq:keyint=250:threads=2 -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr:br=128 -ffourcc XVID -vf scale=-2:180,crop=320:240,expand=320:240 -af resample=44100:0:0 -o 1409.avi -sub -flip-hebrew -fribidi-charset ISO8859-8 -slang he -font /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/arial.ttf -subfont-encoding ISO8859-8 -subfont-text-scale 4 -nooverlapsub

If I run mplayer with the same font related flags they work fine (I see correctly), But when I use them with mencoder they just do nothing, so I get the subs as Gibrish instead of Hebrew. mencoder just ignore them.

I'm using Ubuntu Gutsy, mencoder version is: 2:1.0~rc1-0ubuntu11


comment:8 Changed 10 years ago by nirmisgav@…

Does anyone look at these bugs ???


comment:9 Changed 7 years ago by compn

  • Owner changed from alex@… to reimar
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