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How to Add Subtitles to DVD Movies or Videos in Mac/Win (Windows 8 included)

Nothing's more frustrating than sitting down to watch a new DVD or video file and realizing there's no subtitles in your language. Sometimes, even native speakers want to add subtitles to DVD movies or TV shows just so that they can more clearly understand what the actors are saying. Below are two easy ways to add subtitles to DVD movies or TV shows.

Solution 1: How to Add Extra Subtitles to DVD Movies

It's easy to add extra subtitles to a DVD and a great way to share your movies with foreign friends. All you need is Wondershare Video Converter (Video Converter for Mac). It's all-in-one one software application, convert, burn and add subtitles to DVD or video. Almost any video format is supported, including but not limited to AVI, MP4, MOV, MKV, MPG, MPEG, FLV, etc. Built-in preset formats also let you enjoy your DVD movies on mobile devices like iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Android and more. Download its free trial here:

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Step 1: Import your media files

After downloading and install this program, just load your media files by drag-n-drop.

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Step 2: Two ways to add subtitles

After successfully load your DVD video, you have two options to add target subtitles.

  • Click "T" icon under the source file information,  and then choose "Add Subtitle" option to load your subtitle folder.
  • Click the pencil icon to access the edit window and then select "Subtitle" tab. Click "+" to load target subtitles, and then hit "T" to change the font, color, size, etc.

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Step 3: Start to add subtitles to DVD

Now all left is hit the Convert button to begin write subtitles to DVD. This program is very efficient, and very soon, you DVD file with subtitles is ready to use.

Solution 2: Add Subtitles to the Playing DVD Movie/Video

I've always said VLC is the best media player in the world and, it natively supports subtitle overlay. When you are watching a DVD movie or video, simply go to Video/Subtitle Track/Load File to add subtitles to DVD/video.

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VLC is totally free to download and use. Download VLC from its official website. It runs on cross-platform systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and even Android—though there might be no subtitle overlay function for the Android version. I haven't tried that yet. Maybe you could test it yourself!

Now all you need to do is prepare your subtitles. Video Converter Ultimate (Windows 8 supported) supports subtitle files in *.srt, *.ass and *.ssa formats. If you have time, you can always download subtitles from subtitle websites like Search Subtitles. To edit the subtitle yourself, there are plenty of free subtitle editors available online.

Here is the brief video tutorial.

Download below program to add your subtitles to DVD at ease now:

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Hello, please get the tutorial here. More questions, please feel free to ask me.
How do I add the SRT file so video players can turn subtitles on and off?
Hi, I\'m sorry to tell you that you can't just add subtitle without converting. Almost all of the converters on the market can't do that. As for the speed of conversion, Wondershare Video Converter converts 30x faster than all the converters.
Chalvin T
Is there any way to just add subtitle to the movie without converting the movie file? My movie file format is .mp4 and I thought by choosing .mp4 as the output would pass the converting process since it's the same format, but it did not. It's working, though but it would save a lot of time since the converting process takes approximately 30 minutes.
Hi, Karl Kaur, we haven't encounter such case before. Could you please submit your subtitles file to our support team? Then we'll figure out a solution asap. Best regards,
Yeah, ain't working. I've tried adding a bunch of subtitles (.srt) and all I see in the previews are boxes and not subtitles. Other than that, I manage to load the DVD Original just fine, I just need it to have subtitles