Eli5: What is the difference between forced subtitles and full subtitles? In what way are they more “forced” than other subtitles. Why is the distinction necessary?

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Eli5: What is the difference between forced subtitles and full subtitles? In what way are they more “forced” than other subtitles. Why is the distinction necessary?

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Without any context to what you’re talking about I’m going to go with forced subtitles are for when a language is spoken that is not the native language of the media and is forced so you know what is bein said. Full subtitles means everything is subtitled regardless of the lanuage.

Subtitles typically are provided as a text file that accompanies the video, allowing the text to be overlaid on top of the video stream as desired. Full subtitles would mean everything is subtitled, from people talking to sounds, etc.

Forced subtitles are not optional. They are baked into the video and cannot be disabled.

Subtitles can be turned on and off. Imagine a layer of text floating above the image – you can make that layer visible or invisible whenever you want.

Forced subtitles cannot be turned off; they’re always there. Imagine the text being painted directly onto the image itself.

Normal subtitles are primarily an aid so that are not generally intended to be seen. They are their so someone who is deaf or speaks a different language can still enjoy the content.

Forces subtitles are there as part of the experience. The director of the show wants you to see them, regardless of your players normal subtitle setting. These are typically used in a scene where characters speak in foreign language but the director wants you to know what they are saying.

Forced subtitles are implemented just like normal subtitles in that they exist in a secondary stream rather than being embedded into the video stream, but they have a flag set on them that tells your player “Always display these, even if subtitles are turned off”.