Where to download Chinese subtitles for movies

by Darren on December 28, 2010

Recently, when I was surfing around on some Chinese learning websites, I noticed that some people were looking for a place where they can download  Chinese subtitles for movies. And Since watching movies is one of great ways to learn Chinese,  I’d like to share some resources today, hope it would be something helpful for those who want to learn Chinese by watching movies or for those just want it for entertainment.

The website I’d like to introduce is called 射手网-shooter.cn, it’s personal-owned website and has tons of subtitles from way back, probably any movie you can think of. You can download Chinese subtitles for Chinese or English movies, or English subtitles for Chinese or English movies.  How can you make it work to show up the subtitles then?

Here are the steps:

1. type in the name of the movie in search bar and search;

2. then download the subtitles to your computer;

3. to change the file name of subtitles and make sure all the subtitles in different language have the same file name with the movie file name; (please make sure you don’t change the file format)

4. lastly, if your video player recognize  the subtitle file, you should be able to have subtitle showed up and also you can switch between different subtitle languages as well.

One more tip: when you search for subtitles, mostly like there would be many versions available from different subtitle producers, but the only important thing you need to know is what languages available in each version of subtitle? There is a language section of each subtitle description, so you can find out what languages  are available, the most common languages available are simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and English. here are two examples:

subtitle languages: English, traditional Chinese, Dutch and French.

Subtitle languages: English, simplified and traditional Chinese.

Hope this post would be helpful to you and let me know in comment if you run into any problem.

In next post, I will share more about the video player developed by shooter.cn called Splayer.

  • http://shooter.cn sam

    i used to download subtitles from shooter.cn
    but now it isn’t working.
    when i click the download button it opens in another window and goes blank in a while
    are you having this problem?

  • Darren

    Hi Sam,
    I’m in Beijing, I don’t have this problem, every time I clicked on the download button (下载字幕), it would download the subtitle file automatically in a second.

    Were you downloading the subtitle outside of China? If so, that maybe the problem. I can check with shooter.cn administrator see if they block the download request for foreign countries or not.

  • guest

    shooter.cn subtitles no longer work unless you use their crappy player (emphasis on crappy (video playback quality)). if you try and load the subtitles using another media player, the subs come out in some encoded text that is not supported. thank you shooter for making something good and useful annoying and worthless.

  • Anonymous

    Hi there, sorry about the bad experience you had with shooter and its video player, I’ve been using them for a long time, it works pretty okay for me. Hope you can find another solution soon.

    Darren

  • http://republicofmike.com/ Mike

    I believe it’s just a change in the character set being used. Wordpad will show garble, MS Word shows the Chinese Characters. Still working through the fix since additionally, I need to convert the simplified Chinese to traditional (living in Taiwan).

  • Dani Astra

    i download outside china! it works but i get the problem in vlc where the text seems encoded now! :(

  • http://www.1on1mandarin.com/blog/ Learn Chinese Blog

    Hi Dani, it may not work well in vlc player. however, you can try this player which developed by shooter.cn. It works pretty well with all the subtitle files. Darren

  • yuna ko

    Hi Dani,

    I had the same problem but I downloaded a program called aegisub that lets you edit subtitles and etc. I saved the srt file from shooter as an .ass (advanced substation alpha) file and it worked! Hope this helps.

  • Stephen Bentley

    When using Shooter there is a couple of things to do to make the subtitles un-garbled. Firstly open the downloaded srt with Google Crome then go to your Tools option then Encoding option and click on the Chinese simplified option. This will the change the garbled to proper Chinese characters. Secondly click Ctrl A to select all then copy and past it into a NotePad document. Save this document but save it as a UTF-8 encoded file. Now for VLC go into your settings and change the subtitle font to a Chinese font ie SimHei plus also change the Encoding to UTF-8.

    If you follow all these steps you will be able to use all of Shooters subtitles on VLC

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