I have some movies with encoded or soft Chinese subtitles. The problem is when i play the movie in vlc, the Chinese subtitles show up as question marks or garbage characters.
Generally, the default vlc settings cannot properly decode foreign language subtitles in our English system. The characters will turn out to be mixed together or square boxes like the below images showing:
This is occurring because you've configured vlc to English language, so a simple way to solve this is to configure the language on vlc to Chinese. Click on Tools on the vlc menu bar and choose Preferences in the drop down menu. Now the Preferences window open:
Click on the Subtitles & OSD tab on the left panel. You will see the language settings on the right. Here you need to change the character encoding to "Universal, Chinese (GB18030)", and then select a Chinese font. Several Chinese fonts should have been provided in the Font dropdown menu, but some may doesn't work if it's not installed on your computer, or you can install additional language font pack.
Once done, hit on the Save button. Restart the VLC Player, play the movie again and the Chinese subtitles should work properly on your vlc player.
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