Subtitles for Plex

Subtitles for Plex

You ever watched a video and for some reason you just can't seem to hear exactly what was said? Maybe there is a language that you do not speak and you want to know what was said. Well, Plex does have some subtitles.

It is important for me to note that not all videos will have subtitles as most of these are from third parties which also means that the timing could be off. You can attempt to fix that though.

There are 3 different ways to get this done.

General Subtitle Selection

So when choosing subtitles, no matter which of the below ways you set them up, is an interesting choice. What do they all mean? Which one should I choose?

There are a couple things that are done by default for you such as preferred language, which you can change in the default section below. Also, if the server owner has collected or added subtitles themselves, they will show up differently then if you have to search for them.

External Options

Looking at the picture above, you can see that the subtitles are displayed in a certain syntax.

Language (Location)

In the example above, you see the language english followed by "SRT External." This second part is telling you that the subtitle file is located on the server itself and was provided with the video file.

If the server does not have its own subtitle file, you can search for one by clicking the "Search" option.

Subtitle Search

Here you will see the name of the subtitle, the location the subtitle is coming from, the score of the subtitle, and the download button.

The name is going to describe the the file the original subtitles were synced to. So for this example, you can see that I am watching Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I know that I am watching the extended version so that first one would be absolutely off for me. However the second and third one could work based on name alone. However, looking at their score, it could be off from the spoken voice and the words that are displayed.

Subtitles on by Default

Default subtitles are on an account to account basis. This means that if you have managed accounts, each of them will have to do it as well. This can also only be done from the plex app on a computer or via the online location.

With that note out of the way, the fix is simple.

Step 1: First you want to go to your account settings. Do this by click on your icon in the top right.

Select your Account

Step 2: From here select "Account" when the menu appears.

Select "Account"

Step 3: In your Account Menu you are presented with quite a few options, the ones we are looking for are the "Audio & Subtitles Settings." We are going to click the "Edit" button on the right hand side of that.

Select "Edit" on the Right

This is where you are selected with a few options on how you want your subtitles. Not display of the tiles themselves, but Language options and required options. When you look at the menu, you will have 5 Drop-down options. Select the "Auto-Select Subtitle Mode" dropdown. Then select "Always Enabled."

Step 4: You can also select "Shown with foreign audio" if you only want forced subtitles for when a foreign language is spoken.

Always on Subtitles by Default

Subtitles before Starting a Video

So if you do not have your subtitles on by default, but know that a movie needs them, you can select them before you start the video.

Step 1: When you select the video to watch and it is in the movie detail page, you will see an option that says "Subtitles."

Select those subtitles before you begin.

Step 2: This will provide you with a list of subtitle options that are already downloaded to the server. Select the one you want to use.

Select your Subtitle!

Subtitles During a Video

Sometimes you do not know when you are going to need subtitles and you do not typically use them, unlike myself (little deaf in one ear). These are simple to turn on during the video without missing a beat.

Step 1: While the video is playing, bring up the menu to pause the video. For most video players (Roku, Shield, Apple TV, Etc) this his hitting the center button. With this menu up, you want to select the button that looks like a set of dials.

In video menu for Classic Player
The most common in video menu.
This button!

Step 2: When you select that button, it opens "Playback Settings" which is where you will see the option for selecting subtitles.

Step 3: Click on the subtitles button and then select your subtitle.

Those subtitles yo!
Subtitle Selection

Wrapping Up

Subtitles are sometimes required. So if they are missing, tell the server owner. I hope this guide helps you better enjoy your videos.

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