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I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to produce a ".srt” subtitle file for an ".mp3” audio podcast. And I want to make it more widely usable.

It works fine with VLC (a freeware media player), but I can’t find a way to use it with the more common Windows Media Player (WMP). I think WMP just doesn’t do audio subtitles? (I’m on Vista with WMP 11.0)

So I would like to turn my audio into a BLANK video; in the hope that WMP can play that with subtitles (or failing that, use something like VirtualDub to hard-code the subtitles onto the blank video.)

But I can’t find a decent way to create the blank video from the audio.

(Best I’ve achieved so far is to use Microsoft Movie Maker to publish the audio and a blank title into a .WMV file. But I can’t convert that .WMV file into a useful format, or work out how to associate it with the subtitle file.)

VLC seems to have powerful conversion facilities, but they all seem to produce [from my audio] video formats with no video content - which then refuse to play in WMP.

I’m sure there must be a way to convert my .mp3/.srt pair into something that plays in WMP?

Thanks for any help you can give me. reply

OK I’m sorted now.
For completeness:
WMP can play a .mp3/.smi(not .srt) pair - as long as you turn on a security option (Tools/Options/Security/“show local captions when present”).
I think I could also convert the .smi file into a caption script and embed it (with the audio) in a WMV file (ASF container). But I haven’t tried this, because the first method is what I was looking for really.


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