Subtitles sometimes may be the only way for you to enjoy a movie. They can be helpful if you would like to watch a foreign language movie for instance, but also for other purposes like learning a language or if you are hearing impaired.
When you start the program for the first time, you will notice that it displays subtitle search options right on the first screen. Here you can point it to a video file on the local PC, either by using the built-in file browser or drag and drop, or use the manual search option instead to find subtitles without having to select a local movie or television episode first.
Subtitles are then displayed, each with the full name, media type it has been created for, as well as its language. Only the languages that you have selected on first startup are included here. If you get too many hits, you can add a year, season or episode to the manual search.
What I personally like a lot is the ability to play a movie with one of the subtitles right away. This can act as a preview to make sure that you have picked the right subtitle for the movie or television show, or as a way to play movies with subtitles without linking the subtitles to those movies. For that, you need to have selected a local video obviously. The program supports various media players, including VLC and Windows Media Player.
Subtitles can also be downloaded instead of just played with the video directly. This places them in the video folder, where the majority of video players will pick them up automatically.
The Batch Download feature makes this even more comfortable, as you can add movie folders to the application to make the selecting and searching more comfortable.
The developers have added many changes in the past three years. Here is a short list of important changes and feature additions:
Sublight is provided as a portable version and installer, with the portable version not being updated that frequently. This can be issue, and users should check out the change log linked above before they download the portable version. It is not clear if it is no longer maintained, or if it is just lagging behind in development.
The program has more to offer than just the downloading or playing of videos with subtitles. If you want to give back to the community, you can publish your own subtitles with the help of the application, and its integrated subtitle editor. This also helps getting enough positive points to make use of the batch download feature.
Sublight requires the Microsoft .Net Framwork 2.0 and an active Internet connection. The program is compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 to the very latest versions.
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