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Using Subtitles for 3D Videos Played with the 3D Vision Video Player

April 28th, 2011 · 22 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Enabling proper 2D subtitles to be shown while playing a 3D video with the 3D Vision Video Player (or the Stereoscopic Player) may sound easy for some people, but it seems that much more have trouble setting this up properly, so here is a quick and up to date guide on how to do it. What you need first is to download the latest version of the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player and the latest version of the ffdshow filter/decoder pack.

Start the 3D Vision Video Player, go to the File menu and select the the Settings option from there. Click on the Decoder setting and extend the list called Other, select the Video Processor option and click on the Add button. From the list with filters you will see in a new window you need to select the ffdshow subtitles filter and click on the Ok button. At this point you are halfway there, you’ve told the player to load the DirectShow subtitles filter when you play a video, but there are some more things still left to be done in order for everything to start working as you want it and for you to see the subtitles.

Now you need to open a video file with the 3D Vision Video Player in order for the subtitles filter to be loaded, so that you can configure it to display subtitles in 3D properly. You don’t need to open a 3D video with subtitles at this point as you will only be configuring the filter, so open the video and hit the pause button, then look in the system tray at the lower right end of the monitor for a small square red icon with the text FFV on it (you may have multiple of these, not just one, if the video is also being decoded with ffdshow). When you move the mouse cursor over these icons you will see a balloon with information, just do a double left click on the one that says ffdshow subtitles filter and you should see a configuration menu like the one above.

When you see the ffdhsow subtitles filter configuration menu you need to put a tick in the box before Subtitles in the left menu, so that you will actually activate the filter to show the subtitles and then click on the Placement menu and put a tick in the checkbox in front of the Stereoscopic option, this will make the subtitles show in both the left and right eye frames, so that they will look properly. That is pretty much all you need to do in order to make the 2D subtitles work and display properly over a 3D video, you can play with the other options if you wish to customize the way the subtitles are being shown. By default the subtitles are shown at screen depth (zero parallax), but with the help of the Parallax slider you can make them appear inside the screen or outside of it, however you should not be playing with this if you don’t know what you are doing to prevent yourself from making the subtitles unintentionally harder to read. Just leave them with the default zero parallax, it should work just fine with 95% of the cases and change the subtitles parallax only if a specific movie needs it.

Now you can just open the 3D video file with the 3D Vision Video Player like you do normally and if you have subtitles with the same name as the video file (video.mp4 for example) and a proper text format such as SRT (video.srt for example) in the same folder of the video file they will be loaded automatically and displayed on the screen over the video. If you still don’t see the subtitles, they go back and check if you’ve done everything in the guide properly. Very similar alternative solution is to activate the Subtitles from the ffdshow decoder configuration, however this will be active only when you are using ffdshow for decoding the video. By using the method described above with the ffdhsow subtitles filter you can use different video decoder and still have the subtitles shown, so the use of the external DirectShow subtitles filter is the more flexible solution.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 iamnoob // Apr 30, 2011 at 17:17

    I have problem – the programs crashed after i open some file… No matter what type is file – avi, wmv, mkv = crash :(
    Please help me.

  • 2 Bloody // Apr 30, 2011 at 17:40

    If you have trouble with this method you can try the alternative described here in the forum: http://3dvision-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1150

  • 3 jimmy3d // Apr 30, 2011 at 19:24

    I had the same problem…using win7 64 and Stereoscopic Player 1.7
    what i did was uninstall all ffdshows that i had installed…started Stereoscopic Player and it told me i needed to install ffdshow and it also linked me to the proper version. Works fine now.

    Thanks Bloody for this post. Lack of proper 3d subtitle support was driving me nuts!!

  • 4 iamnoob // May 2, 2011 at 17:53

    Thanks, now works fine.
    Some way for Over/Under movies ? Sorry for english.

  • 5 hjk105 // May 2, 2011 at 18:02

    It simply doesn’t work for, I’ve tried everything mentioned in this threat. I set up the ffdshow subtitles filter, but subtitles aren’t shown.

  • 6 nixu // May 8, 2011 at 21:46

    I’ve followed your advices and I’ve got the subtitle on my 3d movie…but I have a shaky background image. when I disable the ffdshow subtitle filter my movie shows just fine.i’ve tried different versions of ffdshow.
    Please help!

  • 7 NielsBohring // Apr 29, 2012 at 18:23

    I’ve tried everything in this thread and I can’t get it to work. As soon as I install “ffdshow subtitles” filter 3D Vision Player won’t play any files at all. No 3D or 2D.

    Also, when I play a 3D file I don’t have FFD in my tray. It says Haali for video decoder. What do I do? I’ve tried going into Haali settings and enable subtitles. Evidently I have to have a PhD in computer science to make subtitles work in Haali’s settings.

    Please help, thanks!

  • 8 NielsBohring // Apr 29, 2012 at 18:24

    Oh, I’m using:
    -Win 7 64bit
    -Nvidia 3D Player 1.6.9
    -295.73 Drivers

  • 9 Bloody // Apr 29, 2012 at 18:35

    Have you tried adding ffdshow as a video decoder in the 3D Vision Video Player settings, this way it should show in the tray and you can manually activate the subtitles filter from withing the ffdshow settings (calling them from the tray icon)?

  • 10 NielsBohring // Apr 29, 2012 at 19:13

    Okay, its actually showing up now. Thanks!

    However, the subs are displaying on the far left and right of the screen and mostly offscreen. Is there any way to change the positioning? I have VobSub turned off in ‘ffdshow decoder config’.

  • 11 NielsBohring // Apr 29, 2012 at 19:25

    I should point out that it was only when I added “ffdshow” under the “MPEG-4 AVC” video decoder that subs started showing up.

    So, I currently do not have ffdshow installed under any other video decoders including “video processor” listed under “Other” at the bottom. It is only installed under “MPEG-4 AVC” so far.

  • 12 NielsBohring // Apr 29, 2012 at 22:40

    I should also clarify; The problem that remains is that subtitles appear in both left and right eyes but, in two different locations.

    After tweaking around a bit I have one up in the middle of the screen and the other is at the bottom where it should be. I can’t them both to appear at the bottom center.

  • 13 NexAN // May 8, 2012 at 21:00

    I have the same problem. The subs are displaying on the far left and right of the screen, up and down.

  • 14 JohN // Jun 12, 2012 at 16:15

    I have NexAN promlem too.
    Half of the subtitle is in right side of the screen and half in left side.
    someone help plz.

  • 15 eSzeL // Aug 8, 2012 at 22:15

    The main problem is with up-down splitted 3D movies. Ffdshow is not able to place subtitles at the original (“double sized”, “not splitted”) canvas to almost to the vertical middle point and to the bottom point, it only knows about left-right splitted 3D movies and place stereoscopic subtitles in this way (left half center-down, right half center-down).

    Any idea?

  • 16 Kamen // Nov 15, 2012 at 15:49

    “However, the subs are displaying on the far left and right of the screen and mostly offscreen. Is there any way to change the positioning?”

    This appeared in my computer too. Movie is H-SBS.
    I fix it when I lower text size amd move it left on the screen.
    Then I try and successfully posissioned them at the almost center.
    Issue appears if your subs are long enough and does not fit on the whole screen.
    Hope I am useful :).

  • 17 Kamen // Nov 15, 2012 at 16:51

    For “Over-Under” videos, please disable stereoscopic option in FFv.
    Subs are good, but not perfect.

  • 18 Kamen // Nov 15, 2012 at 19:50

    For “Over-Under” videos:
    the method from above set subtitles for only one of the eyes, it’s readable, but it;s bad and very disturbing. Cannot watch the whole movie that way.
    Sorry for the tripple post. Still searching for an answer.

  • 19 Gazal // Feb 19, 2013 at 22:29

    @Kamen: did you find out a way to make the subtitles work for “Over-Under” videos? I tried to use 3DSubtitler. Gives pretty good results. But strangely, a few subtitles are skipped in between.

  • 20 Gazal // Feb 20, 2013 at 10:27

    Ok I figured it out. For anyone else who is struggling with getting proper subtitles on 3d vision player/stereoscopic player.

    1. Make the 3d .sup subtitle with 3d subtitler.
    2. Merge it to mkv with the latest version of mkvmerge.
    3. Use ffdshow video decoder in 3d vision player/stereoscopic player for MPEG 4 videos and MPEG 4 AVC videos.
    4. Don’t use the ffdshow subtitle filter as a video processor.
    5. In subtitle configuration in ffdshow video decoder enable ‘give priority to embedded subtitle’
    6. In subtitle placement setting do not enable ‘stereoscopic’.

    All set. If you have proper 3d subtitles for your sbs or over-under videos made from 3d subtitler or even better the actual 3d subtitle from the bluray, it’ll work perfectly.

  • 21 Eric // Nov 11, 2013 at 04:00

    Thank you so much! it is working like a charm
    And thnks Kamen for the tips about the placement!

  • 22 ruwan // Aug 1, 2017 at 09:29

    anyone can give support to how to see 3d movie from kmplayer with original color.

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