Samuli Seppänen wrote:
> I did not find anything definite about this subject from LinuxTV wiki, 
> mailing list archives or google, so here it comes. Please point me to a 
> previous thread if there is one - I did check the mailinglist archives for 
> the last 12 months or so.
> Ok, so I'm using VDR as the software for my dedicated VDR box - see 
> for more information. 
> There are some recordings that I like to archive. The process which I use 
> currently is like this:
> 1. Fix / demultiplex the recordings with ProjectX
> 2. Multiplex the recordings with mplex
> 3. Edit and transcode the videos (to xvid) with Avidemux
> Now this works just fine for those recordings that don't have separate 
> subtitles. Here in Finland we do have separate subtitles on some channels. 
> The subtitles are not s.c. teletext subtitles, but "normal" dvb subtitles. 
> VDR can record these just fine and ProjectX can extract them as well. The 
> files ProjectX creates for the subtitles are .sup and .sup.IFO.  I tried 
> selecting the subtitle export format in ProjectX, but it did not seem to have 
> any effect - I guess it's only valid for teletext subtitles. The DVB 
> subtitles don't seem to be that well supported, so I can't edit the 
> recordings at all unless I want to break the timings in the subtitle files.
> So I was thinking of a couple of approaches:
> - Convert the subtitles to some other (bitmap) format (dvd subtitles, for 
> example) which is better supported and which the editing software (avidemux) 
> can understand
> - Converting the subtitles as above plus streaming them IN the video stream 
> with vlc (I guess this is possible?)
> - Burning the subtitles into the video stream prior to editing and 
> transcoding with avidemux - this is what I'd prefer
> Could someone point me to the right direction - I don't really care how to 
> get to my goal, as long as I get there. 
> All guides I've found make use of Windows programs, which do work in Wine at 
> least to a degree. I'd rather do this 100% natively in Linux, as I haven't 
> got any Windows boxes around.
> Best regards to all,
> Samuli Seppänen

What you could do is take a recent enough ProjectX cvs which has support 
  for exporting dvb-subtitles in Vobsub format. Then just demux the 
video, audio and subtitles with projectx, encode video and audio with 
your preferred method and combine video, audio and subtitles in to a 
Matroska envelope.

To get the right subtitles in right format, ensure that your 
ProjectX.ini file contains these definitions (PageId=1 makes sure you 
select the finnish subtitles in case there are more than one subtitle 
stream present):


And, since you speak finnish, I'd point you to, which 
contains relevant information in finnish (e.g.


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