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How to Use Handbrake to Add Subtitles to Video Files?

If you love watching movies and are willing to open your horizons a little bit, you should probably be aware that there are lives outside of Hollywood. Good movies come from all over the world and such flicks are usually accompanied by their original language. As good as the movie might be, there's no way of enjoying it if you don't understand a single word the character says. Especially if the movie is the kind that relies heavily on dialogue. In this case, people would turn to add subtitle they prefer to the movie so as to have a better understanding of it. Here is an easy-to-use tool for you to add subtitles: Handbrake.

Search You Preferred Subtitles

First of all, you need to find your language subtitle from website. Where you can find the desired subtitles for the movie & TV series you are dying to watch?

Click here to download subtitles from the top 10 subtitle download sites list.

The raw subtitle file you downloaded is actually text files with time codes. It tells the movie to display a certain text at a specified time. Two of the most common formats for subtitle files are ".srt" and ".sub".

Adding Subtitles to Video Files using Handbrake

As freeware, Handbrake is really a versatile tool. It can convert DVD and video to various formats, and it also supports video filtering like, decombing, scaling, cropping, etc. As a result, it has got many people's compliments. Here you will be impressed by another amazing feature of it: add subtitles to video files.

1. Launch "Handbrake", click top-left "Source" button to import the video you would like to add subtitle.

2. Then click on the subtitle tab indicated in the picture below.

Add soft subtitles

3. In the subtitle tab click Import SRT and select the subtitle file that you would like to have on your video.

4. Then select an output format from the right side window and click the top-left "Start" button to start the subtitle adding process.

When the process is finished, you can enjoy the movie with your desired subtitles on QuickTime or VLC Player as your like.

Handbrake Alternative to Attach Subtitles to Movie Files

As we know, Handbrake only supports to input .srt format subtitle file. And you may find that the movies files you are going the add subtitle can not be loaded into Handbrake. So you'd better find a Handbrake alternative to attach subtitles to movie files. Luckily, Pavtube Video Converter is the way to go, which supports SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle format and can add the external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, VOB, etc. The subtitle will be hard burn to the video as hard subtitle. Then when you play movies on TV, PS4 Pro and other multimedia devices, your devices don't need to read two video and subtitle files seperately.

Supporting 250+ video and audio codecs, it can convert among any HD MKV, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD and SD videos such as MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc for compatible with iPhone X/8, Xbox One X, Galaxy Note 8, Apple TV 4K, etc that Handbrake cannot handle. BTW, you can apply Pavtube Video Converter to trim video length to remove unwanted parts or segments, split large video into small parts or segments, merge separate video into one, crop video to remove black bars or unwanted area, replace/remove audio in video, adding video/image/transparent text watermark to video or apply special rendering effect, etc.

For Mac users, please turn to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to insert subtitles to movie files on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, etc.

Step by Step to Add Subtitles to Video Files with Pavtube Video Converter

Step 1: Import your source video to program

Run the program, on the main interface, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" to import source video files that you want to add subtitle to. Or simply drag and drop the file into the software.

load mp4 video

Step 2: Choose output file format

To avoid any quality lossage, just choos the same file format as the original video file.

Output the same video as original MP4 format

Step 3. Add subtitles to video

Click "Edit" or the pencil icon edit-mp4-video to switch to the editing interface, where you can find multiple editing functions and "Subtitle" is just one of them. Click the "Subtitle" tab and check the "Enable" box to allow you to add SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to movie files. Then Click "Browse" to find and import the downloaded SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles.

Add Subtitle to MP4 video

Step 3. Start inserting subtitles to MP4 video

Go back to the main UI and click "Convert" to start inserting SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to your videos.

Editor's Note:

This software supports SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle format and can add the external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, VOB, etc video. People who have the needs to add subtitles to DVD and Blu-ray movies, the link below will be helpful:

Add SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to DVD

Add SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to Blu-ray

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