Thursday, January 26, 2012

PS3 Friendly Arabic Subs Converter

PS3 Friendly Arabic Subs Converter

SONY, the well-known entertainment  Japanese company, made the PS3 with a unique motto, IT JUST DOES EVERYTHING, anyway, that doesn't include supporting .srt subtitles nor properly viewing Arabic subtitles , when PS3 was jail-broken , developers got the opportunity to make 3rd party apps taking advantage of the ps3 amazing hardware features, free of the restriction SONY used to implement.

I have been using ps3showtime on PS3 for a while , it's a great app , Andreas is doing a great job and we are truly grateful .

as you know , PS3showtime doesn't support Arabic language at all, ps3showtime supports utf-8 encoding but no support for R2L languages or displaying Arabic words in proper form (they are reversed , Arabic letters not connected) ,,

Multiman developer gave a tip, that with replacing the font ps3showtime uses,it would be possible to display Arabic letters properly,, i replaced the font with Microsoft Tahoma which contains all Arabic glyphs,

i wrote a Perl script,to  reverse the words , and retype letters in ps3-readable form, and i tried some subtitle files i made on ps3showtime, and they works just fine =)

here i will give screen shots of the subtitle before using the script and after

there are minor bugs need to be sorted out , but for the time being I'm more than satisfied =) ,


how to use the script:+ the script now

takes subtitles encoded in windows 1256(cp-1256) format as inpu no need for converting them to utf-8

once the srt file is ready, use the provided perl script in the attachments


the script will save the output to new file called

now open the files using any subtitle editor app to make sure they are well formatted and valid, re-save the file .

now you can enjoy watching your media files with proper Arabic subtitles using ps3showtime


in the attachments you can find the script along with 2 srt smaple files to so you can try them on your PS3


Update 4 ‎Monday, ‎July ‎18, ‎2012

+ the script now takes subtitles encoded in windows 1256(cp-1256) format as input, no need to convert them to utf-8

Update 4 ‎Monday, ‎July ‎16, ‎2012

+ i received a notice about a bug in the script,due to lack of support for some special Latin characters such as trademark sign , the result text will be malformed and won't be displayed at all on PS3 showtime, so , i added a regex line to omit these characters

+ some subtitles has font tags, alignment ,etc (<i>,<font>)  ,,, these are not supported on ps3showtime, the script removes them too.

UPDATE 3 (23-2-2012)

after receiving some feedback about lack of support for some Farsi Alphabet, I added support for most-commonly-used Farsi letters ( ک گ پ ژ چ) , so it's possible now to use the script on Farsi subtitles as well .

you can find a sample in the attachment

Update 2 (16-2-2012) , i tested the script on windows 7 x64bit , perl 5 , and it seems the output of the script is not in the right encoded form

example :


00:00:01,539 --> 00:00:03,596

" ﺯﺍﺮﺗﺎﻜﻟﺁ ﻲﻓ ﺎﻘﺑﺎﺳ . . . "

While it should be like this:


00:00:01,539 --> 00:00:03,596

" ﺯﺍﺮﺗﺎﻜﻟﺁ ﻲﻓ ﺎﻘﺑﺎﺳ . . . " The problem has to do with the operating system , not Perl, windows doesn't use utf-8, i will try to modify the code , but for the time being ,to fix this problem , open the file with notepad++ (freeware) , then choose Encoding->encode in UTF-8 and re-save it.UPDATE 1: i did some modifications to the code , Hamza at the end of the word proceeded by Ya'a is properly handled (شيء), in the future i will add special characters like

ﻷ etc,



  1. Can we make some more progress like batch file or executable form for people who are not familiar with scripts? how can I help?

    1. you mean batching more than one file at once? or GUI for the script? i guess it's pretty easy-to-use script but feel free to modify it or adding more features to it...

    2. Yes I mean GUI for the file, because if you don't have Perl installed on the computer you cannot run the script I am talking about noob users.

  2. need some help my friend i have installed perl i launch the scrip i have the ps3_srt but its empty how can i convert my srt substitles so i can read them in showtime on my PS3.

    Thanks for help

    1. can you give more details ? what is your operating system? how did you run the script ? does the problem occurs with all perl scripts or only with this one ?

    2. i'm having the same problem , how does this work ? i tried putting the same .srt file and the .pl in the same folder , and then i ran the .pl file ,and a "" file came up , but it was empty , what should i name the .srt file so the perl could recognize it ?and how to use the pl exactly ?
      i'm using xp sp3, thou.thanks in advance!

  3. i can't understand anything ,, if u can ,, explain this in arabic
    اشرحلي بالعربي

  4. Hello,

    I tried all the fonts (arial, tahoma, andalus ...) and I tried also all the showtime settings and I changed the languages and none worked !!
    I'm getting only the special characters like "" and .. ?
    any help ??

    ps : I'm using the latest version of showtime/multiman


    1. that's strange , can you give me the resulted .srt file produced by teh script so i could take a look, what operating system you use? perl installed properly?

      thank you

    2. First of all, thanks for your answer
      OS : Windows 8 64x professional
      perl version : ActivePerl 5.16.2 Build 1602 (64-bit)
      the srt file :

      hope you can find the problem


    3. no problem , it seems the link is not working , better to send it as attachment to my email .
      mrpc4arab @

    4. done
      you may find my mail from : lordoffinal07

  5. How to use this application. could you please explain it step by step