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How to Add Subtitles to Movie and TV Series in Digital and DVD Format

When you open a downloaded movie, you may find that it doesn't contain any subtitle or doesn't contain a subtitle track in your language. In this case, you will need to first add subtitles to movie. In fact, we not only add subtitles to foreign-language movies or TV shows for better understanding the plot, but also add subtitles to home-made videos for later uploading to YouTube, Facebook and the like.

For whatever purpose, in this article we'll show you how to add subtitles to movies in MP4 MKV AVI or other format, DVD movies, TV series, and videos you record or edit.

Part 1 How to Add Subtitles to Movie Video Permanently?

To attach subtitle on a video or movie permanently, you first need a subtitle adder like Winxvideo AI. With this tool, you can:

  • Add subtitles to MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, and other popular formats;
  • Insert SRT subtitles to videos without changing video format;
  • Embed external SRT subtitles to videos and also convert the videos to other formats;
  • Find, download, select, and extract subtitle with ease.

FYI: SRT (SubRip) is one of the most widely used formats for subtitles. It is accepted by many media players, some hardware home media players, subtitle editors and also YouTube.

Step-by-step guide to insert subtitle to video clip permanently

To begin with, you should download, install and launch Winxvideo AI on your computer.

Step 1. Load the video/movie you want to subtitle by clicking "Video Converter", "+ Video" button.

Add subtitle to video/movie on Windows 10
Add subtitle to a video/movie

Step 2. Once the video is imported, this tool will display a pop-up window named "Output Profile". Choose a file format same with the original to keep the original video format, or specify a different one to output the video with a new format.

Add subtitle to video/movie on Windows 10
Add subtitle to a video/movie

Step 3. Click "Edit" -> press "Subtitle" -> "Add subtitle file..." -> check the box of "Enable Subtitle" -> check "Extra" and hit "Add" button to load the srt subtitle file you download or create before. Once loaded, just hit "Done" to go on.

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Add subtitle to video/movie on Windows 10
Add subtitle to a video/movie

Step 4. Hit "RUN" to begin adding subtitle to a video permanently.

Part 2 How to Add Subtitles to Movie or TV Series on DVD?

When you can't find desired subtitle in your movie DVD or TV series DVD, you can insert external subtitle. However, you can't add subtitle to an existing DVD without advanced software and equipment. But the great news is that you can digitize the DVD and insert an external subtitle track. To do that, you can use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. After downloading and installing this tool, you can add subtitles to a movie on DVD permanently in a few simple steps.

Free Download for Win 7 or later
Free Download for Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Please DO NOT use WinX DVD Ripper to rip rental DVDs
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Step 1. Insert the source DVD into your computer's internal or external DVD drive.

Step 2. Launch WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and click "DVD Disc" button to import the DVD you just inserted. Both home-made and store-bought DVDs are supported, even if they are encoded with region codes, CSS, UOP, Sony ARccOS, and other copy protection schemes.

Step 3. On Output Profile panel, specify which format you want to convert your DVD to. There are more than 350 profiles to choose, including ISO file, DVD folder, MP4, MPEG2, AVI, etc.

Load DVD and choose output format
Load DVD and choose output format

Step 4. Click "Edit" -> "Subtitle" -> check the box of "Enable Subtitle" and then check "Extra". Then, hit "Add" to select a srt subtitle file and hit "Done". As you can see, it also allows you to set position and language.

Add subtitles to movie DVD
Add external subtitles to movie DVD

Step 5. If you have nothing to set, simply hit "RUN". Then, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum will start ripping DVD and will soon export a new file with inserted subtitles.

Part 3 FAQs

1. How to Add Subtitles to Movie using VLC Player

VLC media player, without further explanation, is as plain as it can be. It's a feature-packed toolkit, letting you free play video, convert video, fix video subtitle out of sync issue, as well as add soft subtitles to video. Soft subtitles mean that you can turn them on and off based on your own needs.

How to reach this goal? Check below:

Step 1: Open VLC and load video or movie file.

Step 2: Choose "Preferences" under Tools option at the top menu.

Step 3: Change "Simple" to "All" under "Show Settings" at the lower left corner of the interface > scroll down to "Subtitles/OSD" at the left panel > move to "Subtitles" column at the right-hand panel.

Add subtitles to video with VLC
Add subtitles to video with VLC

Step 4: Tap "Browse" button under "Use subtitle file" zone to load your subtitle file. The "Autodetect subtitle files" option is open by default to help you automatically detect and analyze your subtitle file.

Tips: To add subtitles to a movie automatically, you need to make sure that your movie file and subtitle file are saved in the same folder and share the same name (except for the format extension).

Step 5: Click "Save" button when it's done. Go back to play video and the subtitle is ought to display thereon. One thing needed to be noted is that VLC only inserts subtitles to video temporarily for current playback. For permanent subtitle adding, go back to WinX tools.

Related: How to Add Subtitles and Captions to YouTube Video

2. How to Add Subtitles to Movie Online for Free

Online video editor Kapwing offers you such feature. You don't care about its feature introduction, I know. Instead, the steps are concerned.

Step 1: Open > scroll down to the second screen of this webpage and locate to "Subtitles" > click "Go to Subtitles".

Step 2: Click "Upload" to upload your video file from local computer or paste a URL if the video is online.

Kapwing subtitler
Kapwing subtitler

Step 3: Tap "Upload .SRT" to upload the subtitle file you've downloaded from subtitle website so that you don't have to manually type subtitle on each frame on your own. Or directly type text on video image if you wanna add your DIY subtitles.

Add subtitles to video online
Add subtitles to video online

Tap "Add subtitle" > write your subtitle on the pop-up box > set the start time and end time. You're also allowed to adjust text size, bold or normal, fonts, position and background. If the text you typed is foreign language, you can click "Translate subtitles" to translate it.

Step 4: Click "Download SRT" if you want to save a separate subtitle file. If not, tap "Done" button to call it complete.

3. How to Download Subtitles for Movies?

One way is to enter keywords like "Frozen II english subtitle" in Google search bar, the other is to go to a popular subtitle download site to get subtitles for movies or TV series.

Here, we list top 4 subtitle download sites where you can find a great number of subtitles in multiple languages and different subtitle formats for millions of films and TV shows.

  1. Moviesubtitles. org (total subtitles: 127,567; movies:22,608; downloads:33,136,629)
  2. OpenSubtitles (It has 5,797,924 subtitles for downloading. Besides, the site comes with many other features, like upload, request, etc.)
  3. (Simply type in the movie name, choose language to begin searching and downloading a subtitle.)
  4. (Also available for uploading and rating a movie subtitle.)

Click here for more sites to download subtitles for movies and TV shows >>

4. How to Make Subtitles for a Movie by Yourself?

If you can't find a subtitle online for your movie, or if want to add subtitle to a self-made video, you can create subtitles using a subtitle editor, subtitle creation website, a text editor, or a movie editor. Here, we'll show you how to create a srt subtitle file with a text editor.

Both Windows and Mac are pre-installed with a free text editor, Notepad for Windows and TextEdit for Mac. Now, let's open the text editor on your computer and learn how to create subtitles for a movie.

Step 1. Click File -> Save As, enter your movie name, and change the file extension from .txt to .srt, like this "". And, you need to the set the encoding to "ANSI" for English subtitles and "UTF-8" for Non-English.

Step 2. Write out your subtitles. The subtitle file should cover the number of a subtitle, the duration of the subtitle, and the text of the subtitle. And don't forget to leave one blank line before the number of the next title.

Here's an example:

00:00:58,421 --> 00:01:01,511
- Anna, Elsa.
- Bedtime soon.

00:01:02,164 --> 00:01:04,954
The princess is trapped
in a snow goblin's evil spell.

Related guide: How to add subtitles with MKVToolNix GUI, how to add subtitles in Premiere Pro >>


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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