Remove Profanity From Movies The Easy Way!

First off, I’d like to thank you guys for your interest. Secondly, if you have any questions, ask me a question on twitter @MegaMaiku. Thirdly, even though this may not be “easy” for some people, it is a free option ;)

Update: I have added step numbers to the procedure. You only have to follow step 1 and 2 once. Follow step 3 for each movie you add to your computer (you only need to patch the movie once, though).

Origins:

A few years back, I was sitting down watching Dumb and Dumber at Ben’s house. I remember he had this box connected to his TV that would block the profanity from movies. I was very impressed! I found out that the system worked by reading the Closed Caption and muting the moment when the movie had a profanity. Cool eh? years later I visited a friend who had a DVD player that would do that to all movies, in fact, this player would edit adult content from movies on-the-fly. Now, that’s impressive. Unfortunately it’s only supported for DVD’s, not Blurays.

So I made it a goal to find a free solution that would allow me to do the same thing but with a digital copy of a movie, which are by nature in high definition.

Disclaimer:

First of all, I’m not responsible for anything that you may break by following my instructions (I just have to say it haha). Secondly, this guide assumes that you own a digital copy of the movie you would like to filter, or that at least you have a digital backup of a movie you currently own. Anyway, you know where I’m getting at.

The Recipe:

This method uses subtitles to remove profanity, and it’s the only option I was able to find that didn’t involve dishing out from $50-$300. Having said that, some of you may think this is too much work, or that the limitation of using a computer may not make it worth your time. That’s okay :), my wife would probably agree with you.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • A Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS (jailbroken), Apple TV (jailbroken), or Raspberry Pi device.
  • The application XBMC
  • The XBMC Add-on Mute Profanity (By Scott Brown) If you get a chance, send him a wink!
  • Depending on your “savvyness” level, give yourself about 10-20 minutes
  • A movie with a lot of profanity (to test)
  • And a smitch of patience

Step 1: Install XBMC and Configure Movie Database

Download and install XBMC.

XBMC is a very powerful media player. It has a lot of functions. One of them is that it can work as a movie database for all the movies you have on your computer (on a specific folder or path you tell it to scan). So that should be your next step: Create a new “source” drive/folder in XBMC:

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You WILL need to specify what type of media is in your folder, or the add-on won’t find the movies. Right-click on your folder:

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Step 2: Install the Add-on

Okay. After that, we need to add the plugin (add-on), so we can start using it.

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Make sure it is in its original ZIP’ed state. Else, it won’t add.

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Then go back to the main screen and go to your Video Add-ons:

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And there it is:

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Right-click to show the settings menu:

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Tweak the settings as desired:

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Step 3: Filter Your Movie

After you’re done with the settings, you can go back to the add-ons and Left-click on it to reveal the actual app:

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Note: If your movie is not showing up, you will have to add your video source folder and make sure XBMC knows that there are movies in there!! (see above).

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Step 4: Watch Your Movie

Go back to your Movies (or Videos) menu and select the movie you just filtered. And voila! You can turn off the subtitles, if you wish.

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Hope this was useful to anyone. Feel free to share this article with others :)

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