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Some characters in subtitles being shown as boxes

Post by rseiler on Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:56 am

I've noticed that certain characters, like dashes, are displayed as boxes in some mkv files which have built-in subtitles. This, I think, is a character set issue. Is there a setting for that in MPC-HC as there is in VLC?  I'm not finding it, if it's there. VLC doesn't show the issue, and I believe the "Encoding" option in the Subtitles section there, which defaults to ANSI, could be the key to this. Does MPC-HC default to ANSI?

I'm testing on Win10, Nvidia, latest Standard. Thanks.


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Re: Some characters in subtitles being shown as boxes

Post by Admin on Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:33 pm

You can find text encoding option here:
MPC-HC options > Subtitles > Default Style

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Re: Some characters in subtitles being shown as boxes

Post by rseiler on Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:27 pm

Wow, I missed that somehow.

It is on ANSI by default, though there's also a "Default" choice, but it didn't make a difference.

I was wrong about what VLC is on: it's set to "Windows-1252":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows-1252

Both use Arial.

This only happens on a portion of files that I come across, not all, so maybe it's not worth worrying about, though it is curious. "ANSI" and "Default" are apparently less than "Windows-1252."

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Post by Admin on Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:18 pm

Windows-1252 is the same as the ANSI value in MPC-HC.

Usually one of the other encoding options gives the correct characters.

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