>>11718711>There are several computers, televisions, a PS3, and an Xbox 360 in this house, and being able to play videos without having to move equipment around is a must.
Protip: Fansubbers have zero need to comply to these though.
Also, hardsubs are bad for the quality. Since you burn the subtitles directly to the video stream, it makes the picture a fuckload more complex, resulting that you need to increase the bitrate a lot in order to get the same overall quality as it would be with softsubs at lower video bitrate, and even then hardsubs will look worse than the softsubs.
Then there's also the other bad things about hardsubs, like no multiple subtitle streams, can't turn them off etc, but most people usually don't realize how much of a quality-raper they actually are.
And since the MP4 version in Formula's case is lower quality, you might as well convert them yourself in the case where there isn't an MP4 available, since you're going to lose quality anyway. It's also kinda funny that you want to have lower-quality versions in order to watch them on a most likely bigger screen.