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How to Remove Hardcoded/Soft Subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI

Ultimate guide on how to remove hardcoded subtitles or soft subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI, etc. using best subtitle remover tools.

  • • How to remove subtitles from an MP4 file?
  • • How can I remove subtitles from a movie?
  • • How do you get rid of subtitles from a video?
  • • How do you remove embedded subtitles?
  • • I downloaded a MP4 movie online and I found its subtitles are in Spanish. How can I remove it to be able to put my language subtitles?

What is subtitle? Subtitle is the transcript or screenplay of a movie video that is always displayed on the bottom of the screen, with the aim of helping the hearing impaired or translating dialogs to other languages. When you're watching a foreign film, it's fantastic to watch it with subtitles. While if the movie subtitle is your mother language which you can perfectly understand, or when the subtitles get totally messed up, you don't want it to appear on the screen, you will want to remove subtitles. Here, let's show you how to remove subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI or other videos with a MP4 subtitle remover.

Part 1: Best MP4 Video Subtitle Removing Tool

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a professional subtitle remover, 4K/HD video converter, video compressor, free video downloader, video editor and slideshow maker.

  • Remove subtitles: remove hard or soft subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, VOB, any video with no sweat!
  • Add subtitles: add external subtitles to MP4 and other videos.
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Let's Remove Hardcoded/Soft Subtitles from MP4 Video on PC/Mac Now!

Before we go, free download and install WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on computer first. Then follow the detailed steps below to demultiplex hardcoded or soft subtitles from (MP4/MKV/AVI) movie video.

Step 1: Load target video and check if the subtitle is hardcoded or soft

Launch WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and click "+Video" button on the main interface to add the source MP4 (MKV, AVI) video into the program. Then choose an output file in the pop-up Output Profile window. You can select MP4 or other output formats according to your need.

Check the video info and if you see "No Subtitle", then it means the subtitle in the MP4 movie video is hardcoded which is a part of the video image, you can't remove it directly.

No subtitle
No subtitle

If you click the subtitle (T) drop-down icon to see some subtitle tracks, such as Track 1 [German], Track 2 [English], it means they are soft subtitles.

Subtitle tracks
Subtitle tracks

Step 2: Remove subtitles from movie permanently

How to remove soft subtitles from MP4 MKV AVI footage

In fact, you don't need to do this manually. When you load a video with soft subtitles, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is by default set to choose "Subtitle Disabled", which means it will get rid of all subtitles in your new file.

Remove soft subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI
Remove soft subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI

How to remove hardcoded subtitles from MP4/MKV/AVI movie/video

If the subtitles are hardcoded, you can click "Edit" icon and tap "Crop & Expand" option to crop the video frames and thus to remove the hardcoded subtitles from MP4/MKV/AVI video file.

Tick "Enable Crop" and a video crop frame with dotted line will appear on the video. You can just drag and adjust the crop frame to crop the video clips in any aspect ratio you like, or set specific crop value in the boxes: Left, Top, Width, and Height, to crop and remove subtitles from video. Then click "Done".

Remove built-in subtitles from MP4, MKV, AVI
Remove hardcoded subtitles from video

(Optional) Step 3: Add external SRT subtitles to video

If you want to remove the original subitles and add new subtitles, you should click "Edit" -> "Subtitle" -> tick "Enable Subtitle" and "Extra" button -> and then click "Add" to select and add your desired external SRT subtitles to the video.

Add subtitles to video
Add subtitles to video

Step 4: Start removing subtitles from MP4/MKV/AVI

When everything is settled, click "Browse" button to save the new video to specified computer folder. Hit "RUN" to start removing hardcoded or soft subtitles from MP4/MKV/AVI movie video.

Part 2: Other Video Subtitle Removing Tools (& Tutorial)

On top of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, there are other free video subtitle remover software available, including MP4Muxer, MP4Box, VirtualDub and FFMPEG. Since these 4 tools are similar in features, here we mainly focus on MP4Muxer for detailed introduction. As for another 3 tools, the conducting steps are much of a muchness.

MP4Muxer, as its name implies, is mainly designed for MP4 videos multiplexing and demultiplexing. Coming back to subtitles, it's able to demux all the tracks of MP4 video. That's to say, it can demux subtitles from MP4 as an independent file. When you play MP4 videos next time, the subtitles won't show up again. One thing to be noted is that it (including another 3 command line utilities) only extracts software subtitles from MP4, not hardcoded subtitles. Read the below guide if the subtitles in your MP4 file are soft ones.

How to Use MP4Muxer to Demux Soft Subtitles from MP4 Video

Step 1: Download and install MP4Muxer

Go to videohelp.com to free download and install MP4Muxer (only compatible with Windows operating system). Afterwards, launch it.

Step 2: Load MP4 Video to MP4Muxer

Click "Demultiplex" option on the home screen > tap "Browse" to import your MP4 videos > All tracks of MP4 will be listed in the "Current Tracks" window. Choose one subtitle track and tap "Delete" button if you want to delete subtitle track from MP4.

Demux subtitles from MP4 using MP4Muxer
Demux subtitles from MP4 using MP4Muxer

Step 3: Tap Demultiplex

Click "Browse" at the bottom of the interface to select the destination folder to save your resulting MP4 files. Then hit "Demultiplex" button to begin demuxing your MP4 video. Demultiplex, unequal to "Delete", will extract soft subtitle tracks from MP4 and save it as an independent subtitle file. When the task is completed, re-open your MP4 video and the undesired subtitles won't pop up again.

Part 3: FAQs

1. How to remove subtitles from MP4 using VLC?

If your MP4 video uses hardcoded subtitles, you can't remove text from your video with VLC. VLC can't remove hardcoded subtitles from videos, because hardcoded susbitles are part of the video. To remove them, you have to cut that part of the video frame which has the subtitles. If they are soft subtitles, there are two ways to remove.

Way 1. Click Subtitle -> Sub Track -> Disable.

Disable subtitle on VLC
Disable subtitle on VLC

Way 2. Click Tools -> Preferences. Click All under Show settings. Scroll down to Subtitles / OSD at the left side, and then uncheck Enable sub-pictures, On Screen Display and Autodetect subtitle files. Next time, when you open a video with VLC, it won't display subtitles for you.

Adjust subtitle settings on VLC
Adjust subtitle settings on VLC

2. How to remove subtitles from MP4 with HandBrake?

When you load the source MP4 video into HandBrake, you should go to Subtitles tab and Clear button. You can check detailed step-by-step guide with pictures in our HandBrake subtitle guide.

Remove subtitles from MP4 with HandBrake
Remove subtitles from MP4 with HandBrake

3. How to remove subtitles from video using FFmpeg?

Assuming that you have installed FFmpeg on your computer, just open FFmpeg and run the following command: ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -vcodec copy -acodec copy -sn video-no-subs.mp4

-sn is the FFmpeg parameter to remove subtitles.

4. How to remove subtitles from a video on Android?

There should be options to turn off soft subtitles in your Android video player. but it is impossible to remove embedded subtitles. Some editing software allows you to hide the subtitles with the help of rectangular bands, but it will make your video look bad.

5. What's the difference between hardcoded subtitles and soft subtitles?

Subtitle (captioning): Subtitles are derived from either a transcript or screenplay of the dialog or commentary in films, television programs, video games, and the like, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen, but can also be at the top of the screen if there is already text at the bottom of the screen... And subtitles are categorized into two kinds: Hardcoded subtitles and soft subtitles. Let's first figure out the difference between Hardcoded subtitles and soft subtitles.

Hardcoded subtitles: This kind of subtitles normally cannot be removed or turned off for the subtitles are irrevocably built in video, as a part of the video images. But there is a way to remove hardcoded subtitles from MP4 (MKV, AVI, etc.) movie video, discussed later in this tutorial.

Soft subtitles: This type of movie subtitles is not embedded in video images. It is an independent stream and can be easily turned off/on. Viewers can also freely select subtitles based on their needs if there are multiple language subtitles tracks in the (MP4) movie video. Soft subtitles are mainly used on DVD/Blu-ray.

6. What's the difference between internal and external subtitles?

Besides, movie subtitles can be classified into internal and external subtitles. Internal subtitles are embedded in a file container along with video and audio streams. Generally, you can save subtitles files from subtitles sites like YIFY subtitles, OpenSubtitles, etc. While external subtitles are separate files that are easier to edit and change. This post will also discuss how to add external subtitles to MP4 (MKV/AVI) video.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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