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I have problem with subtitle in Persian/Farsi using all good video players.

I have tested all reading options formats (all different area and language to read), but all did not work. I can type Farsi, but it can not show subtitle to Farsi.

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If you have VLC may be I can help you.

Go to VLC:

  1. Click Tools and next Preferences
  2. Click Subtitle & OSD
  3. In section Subtitle Language and Default encoding
  4. Select Arabic (Windows-1256)
  5. In section font select the Tahoma font
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Thank you Mahdi, I use this on SMPlayer. but for last part "5", I Push the "Enable Normal Subtitles" button, Really worked, THANKS. –  Ali Jun 6 '12 at 20:59

Other way you may change subtites files encoding to UTF-8

I've experienced this before, and I found it's because of subtitles' font, use Subtitle Editor to edit your subtitle's font!

You can get Subtitle Editor two ways, Download from it's house http://home.gna.org/subtitleeditor/ or via PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install subtitleeditor
  • Right click on subtitle → open with → Subtitle Editor
  • Then Tools → Style Editor, and there you can change your subtitle's font.


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Thank you for answer. –  Ali Jun 6 '12 at 20:59

This is very simple using VLC :

  1. Go to Edit Menu
  2. Click on Preferences
  3. Change encoding to Arabic(Windows-1256)
  4. Change the Font to a Persian Font (I prefer B Nazanin)


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i use vlc , so this is about VLC –  HOS Oct 29 '14 at 6:24

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