How to Add Subtitles to a Movie Using VLC Media Player

How To

VLC is a versatile media player that goes over and beyond just playing media files. Other than supporting a wide range of media formats, it gives you more options such as adding audio files to a video.

In this article, I am, going to show you how to add subtitle files to a video using VLC media player.

Subtitle files basically contain textual information regarding what actors are saying in a movie.

They can also describe various actions, such as music playing and sounds made.

Subtitle files not only help deaf people follow conversations in a movie but also those who may not understand the language actors are speaking.

Most movies now come preloaded with subtitles for one or more languages.

To know if the movie you are playing is already preloaded with subtitles, click on the Subtitle tab on the top row menu on VLC media player.

On the drop-down menu that appears, select Sub Track and choose the appropriate track from those listed (if any).

If there’s none, you will have to download from popular movies sites such as The subtitle file is often in the form of a compressed folder.

Once you download the file, extract its contents to a folder, preferably of the same name, for easy access. Confirm if the extracted folder has the file in it. Subtitle files often have the .srt extension.

  • Now launch VLC media player and click on the Media tab.
  • Scroll down the drop-down menu and click on Convert.

  • In the next window, click Add and browse to the location where the video file you want to add a subtitle file is.
  • Next, tick the Use a subtitle file box and click Browse to choose where you extracted the subtitle file to and click Open.

You can either choose to watch the video at the moment or choose to save it for later viewing.

  • If you want to watch without saving, click on the black arrow next to the Convert/Save button at the bottom right of the window and choose Play.
  • If you want to save for later watching, click on the Convert/Save button.
  • Choose the video format you want for the output from the drop-down list that appears next to the Profile option.

  • Click Browse to choose the location where you want the output file to be saved.
  • In the Destination file box, type an appropriate name for the video file, making sure to end with a corresponding extension, e.g. “.mp4” (without the quotes).
  • Click Start to initiate the conversion process.

It can take a few minutes to several hours to convert the file, depending on its length and size and/or resolution.


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