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SRT File Extension

SubRip Subtitle Format

What is SRT file?

File with.SRT extension contains movie subtitles saved in text format. Each subtitles fragment contains the following elements separated by newline characters:

  • Subtitle sequential number,

  • Timestamps start and end time s using the convention GG:MM:SS,Ms --> GG:MM:SS,Ms,

  • Subtitle text to be displayed.

Below the timestamps there may also be included text display coordinates. If such information is not present, subtitles are by default displayed in the bottom- middle part of the screen. SRT files are saved in SubRip format, which allows creating subtitles for DivX and DVD movies, and is supported by most media players. The format offers simple formatting tools in the form of HTML markers, such as <u> or <i> ( tags for underscore and italics, respectively).

SRT files follow a naming convention that requires the movie title and subtitles language to be included in the filename. SRT filename convention is [movie title], for example, Most movie players support SRT files. SRT subtitles can sometimes be overlaid on a video using separated program. SRT file cane be converted into different subtitles format, edited using dedicated tools, or simply viewed with a Notepad tool.

Programs which support SRT file extension

SRT files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Updated: 09/17/2021

How to open file with SRT extension?

Problems with accessing SRT may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with SRT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install MPlayer

Install software to open SRT file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports SRT files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install MPlayer or one to the listed programs: PowerDVD, PowerDirector, BS.Player. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit MPlayer website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of MPlayer

Update software that support file extension SRTIf you already have MPlayer installed on your systems and SRT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of MPlayer installed, it may not support SRT format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using MPlayer.

Step 3. Associate SubRip Subtitle Format files with MPlayer

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate SRT files with latest version of MPlayer you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with SRT file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the SRT file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where MPlayer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open SRT files and clicking OK.
Associate software with SRT file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with SRT extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with SRT extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the SRT file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the SRT file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check SRT file for viruses
1. Verify that the SRT in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the SRT is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the SRT file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the SRT file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic SRT file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with SRT extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the SubRip Subtitle Format file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run MPlayer

If the systems has insufficient resources to open SRT files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with SubRip Subtitle Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with SRT files affecting older versions of given software.

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