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SSA File Extension

Sub Station Alpha Subtitle Format

What is SSA file?

Full format name of files that use SSA extension is Sub Station Alpha Subtitle Format. SSA files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. SSA file belongs to the Text Files category just like 440 other filename extensions listed in our database. MPlayer supports SSA files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 10 other tools may also be used. On the official website of The MPlayer Team developer not only will you find detailed information about theMPlayer software, but also about SSA and other supported file formats.

Programs which support SSA file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with SSA files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with SSA extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

How to open file with SSA extension?

Problems with accessing SSA may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Sub Station Alpha Subtitle Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install MPlayer software

Install software to open SSA file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening SSA files is that no program that can handle SSA files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select MPlayer or one of the recommended programs (for example, PowerDVD, VirtualDub, Subtitle Processor) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading MPlayer installed is by going to developer’s website (The MPlayer Team) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update MPlayer to the latest version

Update software that support file extension SSAIf the problems with opening SSA files still occur even after installing MPlayer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of MPlayer is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that MPlayer cannot handle files with SSA may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of MPlayer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open SSA files to MPlayer

After installing MPlayer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open SSA files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with SSA file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the SSA file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the MPlayer installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open SSA files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with SSA file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected SSA file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with SSA extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper SSA file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check SSA file for viruses
1. Check the SSA file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the SSA 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 SSA file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic SSA 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. It could happen the the download process of file with SSA extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle MPlayer

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Sub Station Alpha Subtitle Format files. It may be the case that the SSA files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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