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DirectVobSub (VSFilter)
Original author(s)Gabest
Developer(s)Armada, janwillem32, nevcairiel, Underground78, v0lt, vBm, XhmikosR
Stable release
2.41.7259 / May 13, 2013; 9 years ago (2013-05-13)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows

DirectVobSub (formerly known as VSFilter) is a software add-on for Microsoft Windows (a DirectShow filter) that is able to read external subtitle files and superimposes them on a playing video file.[1][2][3]

DirectVobSub/VSFilter were formerly part of a whole application known as VobSub which was also able to extract subtitles from DVD Video and create text-based subtitles, without ripping the DVD to a file first. The last version of VobSub was version 2.23, after which the development of VobSub ceased. VSFilter was a part of the guliverkli project on the SourceForge web site. The guliverkli project also includes the ability to extract subtitles from a DVD via the vobsub ripper program.[4][5][6] However, development of guliverkli ceased in 2005 with version 2.37. In 2007, it became a part of the Guliverkli2 project, now known as DirectVobSub, starting with version 2.38.[7][8][9][10][11] But till September, 2012, the last guliverkli2 commitment was on April 10, 2011.[12] Then, the MPC-HC project took over the sources. Under that project, DirectVobSub was very briefly in active development again,[13] but MPC-HC shut down in 2017 due to a lack of developers.

DirectVobSub is also capable of extracting subtitles from a DVD without ripping it to a file first. "Vobsub rippers" are also available for the same effect. Note also the guliverkli project has a related project VSrip.

Supported Subtitle formats[edit]

Format name Extension
VobSub .sub/.idx
SubStation Alpha/Advanced SubStation Alpha .ssa/.ass
SubRip .srt
MicroDVD .sub
SAMI .smi
PowerDivX .psb
Universal Subtitle Format .usf
Structured Subtitle Format .ssf

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DirectVobSub (VSFilter) 2.39". July 24, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2010. DirectVobSub is simply a DirectShow filter which can be used to display subtitle. It integrates automatically with any DirectShow player like ...
  2. ^ "VSFilter / DirectVobSub". August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "VobSub/DirectVobSub/VSFilter". August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Guliverkli - Browse /VSRip at".
  5. ^ "Free Download VobSub Ripper".
  6. ^
  7. ^ The old and present: VSFilter
  8. ^ "VobSub 2.23". May 26, 2004. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "VobSub". December 11, 2002. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "VobSub Guide". Doom9. December 30, 2002. Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  11. ^ "VobSub Subtitle Ripping, Playback and Permanent Subtitle Guide". December 17, 2005. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  12. ^ "Guliverkli2 SVN log". April 10, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  13. ^ "MPC-HC Git VSFilter log". GitHub. Retrieved September 22, 2012.

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