I am using VLC by a very long time, and I always suggested it as one of the best software but recently I'm not more so sure that VLC is still the best player.
Except for the ugly behavior with WMV files (wmv is the worst format available anyway in my opinion :Z ) I'm very disappointed about how subtitles are managed by VLC.
I remember that forced subtitles were correctly displayed in previous versions (I can't remember exactly when this stopped to work), but now the default setting is to not show any subtitle; the only way to see forced subtitles is manually selecting them right clicking on the video screen. This is very annoying, mostly because the option is not in the menu appearing right clicking but is necessary to open three submenus :doh:
I wasn't able to find a way to solve this. Setting "IT" as preferred track is not a solution, because not always a video contain forced subtitles, and with this setting Italian subtitles are shown always, even when not necessary :doh:
This happen not only with DVD playback, but also with mkv files. In my previous tests with handbrake I was able to insert forced subtitles in a video, but VLC still refuse to show these unless I manually set to show them.
I'm pretty sure that this is a new feature introduced for some reason because previous versions were working correctly and this problem appeared only recently. I really can't understand why the developers implemented this completely nonsense way.
Browsing VLC forums, I found that other users are complaining about this, and I also noticed that they are completely ignored... WTH???
Can someone suggest a workaround? Or an alternative player?
I already tried MPC Home Cinema, but even if it can read correctly forced subtitles, I'm not feeling comfortable with MPC. It is very different by VLC, keyboard commands are different, and volume control is not really good.
I can switch to MPC if needed dumping VLC, but I'd like to try some alternatives first. Any suggestions?