Whether you need sub- titles to avoid waking the kids or you're awful to understand regional accents, Plex Media Center makes it easy to download and use subtitles with all your movies and TV shows.
By default, Plex does not automatically use existing subtitles or download new ones in vyour name. But with a few minor tweaks, you can configure Plex to automatically download and use the subtitles in such a transparent process that you'll never have to try to figure out what the actors are saying again. Better yet, because Plex uses a centralized database, the changes you make and the captions you download are available on all your devices.
Plex is capable of doing this feat of automation magic thanks to a media scraping agent. Agents are small auxiliary applications found on Plex (and other media server platforms) that analyze your media and use Internet databases to locate information on that media - in this case, identify what 'is a particular movie or TV episode, then enter the appropriate subtitles for it.
Let's see how to activate support for subtitlesres, configure the subtitle agent and make sure our library is up to date with subtitles for everything.
How to activate Plex Closed captions activated by default
This step is not necessary - you can always activate and deactivate the subtitles using the menu screen while watching your Plex media - but if you've bothered to research an article about Plex Media Server subtitles, it's probably pretty safe to assume that you're using a lot of subtitles.
If you want to have default subtitles all the time (rather than turning them on every time you watch a video), you can easily do that with a single server setting. Once connected to your Plex MediaInterface Web server, click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the toolbar, select "Server in the upper navigation bar.
In the Server menu, select " Languages "in the left navigation column.
In the Languages menu, you will find a single checkbox for "Select audio and subtitle tracks automatically ". Check the box. Confirm that the "Prefer audio track in" selection box is set to your preferred audio language. Under "Subtitle mode, you can configure it to use subtitles only with foreign audio or with all media. Most people will want to go with the first one, but if you are reading this article and using subtitles for all of your shows, you will probably want to choose the latter. Be sure to choose "always on." Finally, select your preferred subtitle language, then click "Save changes ".
at this stage, Plex will automatically use the subtitles, if it finds them. If not all of your media have subtitles, however, you will need to take another step to complete the puzzle.
How to activate automatic subtitle downloads
While it is still on the server in the last step, select "Agents in the columnleft navigation.
In the settings menu Agents, click on “Films” then “Plex Movie” to see which agents are active and in which order they are accessed. By default, the only checked is "Plex Movie ", the native Plex agent.
Check "OpenSubtitles.org and do drag it to the top of the list to activate and prioritize it, like this:
Once you have checked and placed the entry, click on the gear located at the far right of the OpenSubtitles entry.
This will open the preferences menu for your subtitle downloads. You can ignore the username and password and just select the one (s)ngues where you want to download your subtitles. It is important to perform this step, because the language preferences that we have defined above in the Server> Language menu are not shared with OpenSubtitles agent.
Repeat this process in the category "Shows " by selecting "TheTVDB " and check / move the OpenSubtitles entry again:
Your language selection OpenSubtitles at from The Movies section should persist, but check it anyway by clicking the settings gear again next to the agent entry.
At this point, you have told Plex that you want it to automatically download subtitles for movies and TV shows via OpenSubtitles.org. There is only onelast step.
Refresh your libraries to download subtitles
Now that you've set everything up, you may have noticed something. There are no subtitles in the entries for your movies and TV shows. Choose any random show or movie from your collection and, in the library view of the Plex Media Server control panel, you will see entries like this everywhere:
The problem is that Plex only activates data agents when 1) the media enters your collection for the first time, or 2) you initiate a manual refresh of the individual item, the season / collection in which it is located, or the entire library. automatic subtitle downloads without any intervention on your part, you will need to trigger a refresh of your library for the OpenSubtitles agent to activate on all your old media.
Select all and all libraries that you want to update with subtitles and look for the setting icon in the upper right corner. Click on the icon and select "Refresh All. Note that clicking on the update icon, the small circular arrow, will not be enough because it will only look for new elements that bornstop data and subtitles, not check all of your existing media for subtitles.
You will not have to do this only once per library because, from now on according to the parameters that we configured in the previous section, the incoming media will automatically receive the subtitles.
Once you have updated your librarylibrary, just choose a TV show or a movie to watch and enjoy the glory of automatic subtitles which, by our selection earlier in the tutorial, are enabled by default:
If the subtitles are not activated because you chose to leave them by default, don't worry, they're still there. Although the process varies slightlyDepending on the media client you are using to connect to your Plex media server (for example, Rasplex, the iOS Plex application, look in your browser while connected to the Plex server), you should see a small style of comic book speech bubble in the menu when you pause the media, like this:
Select this icon to activer and deactivate the subtitles or to switch between the available subtitles.
That's it: with a few adjustments in the settings menu, you can enjoy the automatically downloaded subtitles on all your movies and TV shows.