Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

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mjp81
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Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

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Description of problem or question:
I am trying to import Foreign Only subtitles and burn them in, however this creates a shadow font that I can't change. Deselecting Burn In keeps the font in original format without the shadow, but I want to be able to burn them in permanently without modification.

HandBrake version (e.g., 1.0.0):
HandBrake version 1.3.1, recently updated from 1.1.2, did not solve problem.

Operating system and version (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Windows 10 Creators Update):
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

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mjp81
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Re: Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

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Really would like some help on this problem. I provided everything required.

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Re: Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

Post by Woodstock »

You're comparing renders, not "original format", because SRT subtitles do not have font selection. The "original format" in the VOB you downloaded was probably standard DVD VOBSUB graphics, where the font size, color, and position were selected by the disk authors. SRT can be rendered however the player wants.

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Re: Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

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[18:27:00]  * subtitle track 1, English [SRT] (track 0, id 0xff000000, Text) -> Render/Burn-in, offset: 0, charset: UTF-8
  
[18:37:55] [ass] fontselect: (sans-serif, 400, 0) -> ArialMT, 0, ArialMT
Specify and provide a different font that you'd prefer. May need to convert the subs to SSA/ASS for this.

Or don't burn in the subs, and leave the font selection to your playback device.

Dropshadows are popular for subs because they make it easy to see the text across a variety of background colors and patterns.

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Re: Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

Post by mjp81 »

That's all well and good, thanks for the explanations, but HOW do I choose a different fond or render for SRT subtitles? Is there a menu within Handbrake?

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Re: Subtitles have shadows when using Burn In

Post by mduell »

Convert the subs to SSA/ASS in a sub editor of your choice and specify a font there, then mux back in to your source.

HB largely assumes your input contains what you want and just needs transcoding, it's not trying to be an editor for all streams.

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