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DVD Studio Pro - is Subtitle button remote hardwired?

337 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2012 11:26 AM by Warren Heaton RSS
Bansaw Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 6, 2012 12:46 PM

When I press the Subtitle button on my menu remote, is what appears on screen determined by the HARDWARE,  or can it be configured in the software?


For example, let's say I have English and French and Chinese subtitle streams on my DVD.


Can I display "Francais, Anglais, Chinoise"  on screen when the subtitle button is pressed on the remote,  or is it the hardware that totally determines what appears on screen?


I know that in DVD Studio Pro, you can have it jump to a specific menu you define when that button is pressed,  but I ant to change subtitles on the fly.



  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Here's what the DVDSP manual has to say:


    Beware of Similar-Sounding Buttons

    The remote controls of most DVD players include stream select buttons labeled Angle, Audio, and Subtitle. These are not the same as the remote control buttons you can assign menus to. These three buttons allow the viewer to directly select the angle, audio, and subtitle stream without going to a menu first.

    The Angle, Chapter, Audio, and Subtitle remote control buttons that you can assign menus to are in addition to these three stream select buttons, and are found only on a few remote controls, typically grouped in a “Menus” section of the remote control.

    It is important to include alternative methods for viewers to get to these menus. You cannot count on all remote controls to have these buttons.


    Hope that helps

  • Warren Heaton Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    Nov 7, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to Bansaw)

    Heya, Bansaw:


    "Hardware" would be the closest answer.  It would be more accurate to say that the behaviour of the Subtitle button on a remote control is "spec" driven, meaning DVD spec.  If I remember correctly, you can expect the Subtitle button to show and hide the current subtitle stream.  There's a variable that sets the stream while the title is playing and that's what'll show until the stream is changed.  And, changing the stream is typically menu driven (you have a "Setup" menu, right?).


    And, as RatVega™ mentioned, there's no guarantee that the DVD remote will even have the button.


    While I've never tried it, you could probably code the number buttons to change the variable which would change the subtitle stream; however, the user would have no way of knowing that you've cutomized the title to play in this manner.






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