MPL2 Subtitle Format

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MPL2 is a time-based subtitle format. It is much more accurate than the common TMP time-based format (0:00:00), and easier to synchronize with different versions of the same movie than frame-based formats (like mDVD - {0000}{0000}).


Time indexes in MPL2 format are in square brackets:

[123][456] Sample subtitle

Where the first number is the time when the subtitle appears, and the second number is the time when the subtitle disappears. The time is given in decaseconds (0,1 s). [123][456] means that the subtitle appears in 12,3 second of the film, and disappears in 45,6 second.

You can get more than one line in one subtitle by separating the lines with the | character.

[123][456] Line 1|Line 2

Italics is used by putting / at the beginning of the line (not the entire subtitle).

[123][456] /Sample subtitle
[123][456] /Line 1|Line 2 
(first line in italics, second line normal)
[123][456] Line 1|/Line 2
(first line normal, second line in italics)
[123][456] /Line 1|/Line 2 
(both lines in italics)

Sample file


Players supporting MPL2

MPlayer (older versions after installing this patch)
Koala Player

Format MPL2 was created by Nestor and Arthur Sikora (the maker of SubEdit). It is based on Marcin Wichary's MPL format, but because of some changes it's more universal.

Last update: 28/06/2004.