How to Add Subtitles to a Movie

Learning a foreign language by watching movies or animes and need to add proper subtitles? Want to edit your own subtitles to create a new movie but don't know how? If this is your case, this article is right for you. Have a quick skim here.

Part 1: How to add downloaded subtitles to a movie

There are a lot of software to merge subtitles and videos together. But naturally, we at Wondershare recommend Video Converter Ultimate which not only enables you to add subtitles to a movie file, but also allows you to add subtitles to a video and burn to DVD for watching on TV. Now adding subtitle and burning DVD with the all-in-one software, no third-party tools required.

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What are video and subtitle formats supported?

  • Video formats: AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, VOB, TOD, MOD, FLV, and all regular video formats.
  • Subtitle formats: SRT, ASS, SSA

After downloading subtitle files from Internet, you can follow these easy steps to add subtitles to a movie in no time and without any hassle.

Step 1: Import a movie without subtitle

Launch the program and import movie files by dragging video to the primary windows, or by clicking "Add Files" button to add movie files from a browser window.

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Step 2: Add Subtitles to Movies

Click "Edit" button on the imported video to bring up the video editing window.

Go to "Subtitle" tab at the top and click the "+" button to import external subtitle files (.srt, .ssa, .ass) .

After the subtitle is loaded, you can preview it to the right preview windows with the default style. By checking the option "T", you can change the subtitle style by font, color, size, position, transparency, etc.

If everything goes well, click "OK" button to confirm settings and close the editing window.

Note: You can also add text watermark or image watermark to your video in the video editing window.

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Step 3: Output movies with subtitle as video or burn to DVD

On the primary windows, choose the desired output format from the output format list. Here, you can choose a video format or device format as the output format. Finally, click "Convert" or "Burn" button to writing subtitle to your movie. If you want to burn movies with subtitle to DVD, in Step 1, you should import files in the "Burn" interface instead of the "Convert" interface.

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All done. With Video Converter, you can add subtitles to a movie for playing either on PC, device or TV.

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Part 2: How to add and edit subtitles to a movie

To add and edit subtitles in your own language to a movie, Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor) (Filmroa for Mac(Originally Wondershare Video Editor for Mac)) is a great helper. This program features Timeline based video editing, and provides rich resources for you to choose from and further customize it. With it, you can create personalized subtitles to add to your movie that will impress everyone. Below I'll show how to do it step by step.

Download Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor) free trial below:

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In the following, Windows version is taken as an example to explain how to add subtitles to a movie easy way. If you're a Mac user, you can use the same steps or refer to a detailed user guide for Mac.

Step 1: Import your source videos

Launch this program, and then select "16:9" or "4:3" to create a new project. After that, click "Import" or drag and drop your videos directly to its primary window.

The added videos will appear as thumbnails in the User's Album. You can double click a video clip to preview in the right screen window. When all files smoothly loaded, drag and drop them to the Video Timeline (They will be merged together into a single file).

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Step 2: Embed subtitles to video

Go to the "Text" tab above the Timeline, and pick up a template you prefer to apply in your video by drag-n-drop or right clicking to select "Apply". It will show as "T" icon on the Text Timeline, you can drag it to any place in your video.

Double click on "T" icon to access the edit area, then design your own texts, change the font, color, style, animation, and more.

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Step 3: Start burning subtitles to your movie

When you finish subtitles editing, simply click "Create" to save creation. In the output window, you can select a popular output format like AVI, MOV, WMV, MP4, pick up a configured format for your specific device, or burn it to DVD for playback on any standard DVD player or TV.

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Check out the video guide below:

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Further reading: What are subtitles? Hardsub or softsub?

Subtitles are textual versions of the dialog in movies, TV programs, animes, video games, etc., usually shown at the bottom of the screen.People who can't understand the spoken dialogue could still know what is playing by watching movies subtitles. It's also a good way to learn foreign language by adding subtitles.

There are mainly two types of subtitles - softsub and hardsub, which are either added to a movie temporarily or permanently with different software.Accordingly, there are two methods to add subtitles to a movie or video: hardcode or softcode. The former will add subtitles to a movie permanently (so-called hardsub), while the latter (a.k.a softsub) could optionally hide or show to suit your needs.

For adding softsub, VLC Media Player a great helper. After you install and launch VLC, just click Video> Subtitle Track > Load File to add your subtitles. If you want to add subtitles to a movie that doesn't come with subtitles, you can refer to the methods described above.

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I paid for Wondershare, and now every time I download something form Youtube, I get subtitles. Why!?! I don't want subtitles. How do you turn this off?
Hi, I would like to change the basic font and position of it, but the font button doesnt work....
Is there a way to change the background color of subtitles? As it is, it is set to gray which kind of sux =(
Does Wondershare have the ability to REMOVE subtitles from downloaded video files? If so, what would be the process for doing so? Many thanks.
Liza, thanks for sharing the tips. I''m adding a subtitle using Filmora, but the software does not recognize accentuation. The subtitle is in portuguese and, thus, cannot use characters like á, ó, ú, ê and on... Any idea how to solve it? Thanks, Lucas
Hi Liza Brown....after converting film with subtitles, it is not clear, seen in fog !!! why ? I tried several colors subtitle text,and as shown in fog !!
Sorry, that''s my fault. We still don''t have much solution about it, but there is some video tutorials on YouTube to share add-ons to add Arabic language. You can try it.
Hi, what do you mean by changing the display language? do you mean that adding a new language to the existing one or changing the operating system language thanks,
Sorry for the late reply. To solve the problem, you can change the Display Language of your system to Arabic.
Hi! I Need exactlly this kind of Software - but for arabic subtitles! The Programme doesnt recognize Arabic, shows only squares instead of letters. Do you know any Programme where I could add arabic subtitles? Thanks best Kristina
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