[vdr] A new generation of DVB devices

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at cadsoft.de
Fri Oct 14 16:13:29 CEST 2005

Marko Mäkelä wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 14, 2005 at 03:27:35PM +0200, Klaus Schmidinger wrote:
>>Peter Dittmann wrote:
>>>>Please let me know what you think about this, and if I have forgotten
>>>>anything or got something wrong.
>>>I would add a seperate layer for subtitle.
>>>I'm working with DVD decoders and they provide seperate layers for OSD 
>>>and subtitle.
>>>This would remove the concurrent access to OSD for DVB and DVD subtitle 
>>Is it really necessary to have both subtitles and OSD menus at the same 
> Yes.  I have missed the subtitles while using OSD menus.
>>After all, you can only reasonably use one at a time ;-)
> Both layers (OSD and subtitles) are mostly transparent or translucent,
> and the subtitles typically cover only a small area on the screen.
> I would say you can reasonably use both.  At least I routinely
> simultaneously access the OSD menus and read subtitles on channels
> that burn the subtitles on the MPEG video stream.
> 	Marko

Well, ok, of course I wouldn't mind if my "dream device" would allow
for several layers of OSD.

Personally I find subtitles rather irritating. The other day I watched
"Star Wreck - In the Pirkinning" (see http://www.starwreck.com).
This is a pretty funny scifi spoof, with CGI sequences that in part
are even better than what's in regular scifi shows. Unfortunately they
produced it in Finnish (I believe - I'm afraid I can't tell these nordic
languages apart), so I had to watch the subtitled version. However,
while the subtitles allow me to understand what the actors say, I miss
a lot of what's going on in the video, so I frequently have to rewind.


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