Add subtitles to a downloaded video

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Add subtitles to a downloaded video
Add subtitles to a downloaded video
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Many media players allow you to select multiple subtitle files to play along with a video, but sometimes the subtitles fail to load no matter how hard you try. In these cases you can add the subtitles to the code of the video itself (hardcode). This means that the subtitles will always appear, no matter which media player you use. You do this by re-encoding the video file, which adds the subtitles directly to the frames. Read on below to learn how to do this.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: TEncoder

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Step 1. Place your video file and subtitle file in the same folder

Make sure the subtitle file has the exact same name as the video file. For example, if the video is named “MyMovie.mp4”, the subtitle file name will also be “MyMovie” plus extension, which could be something like.srt,.ssa, or some other subtitle format. Both files should be in the same location on your computer.

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Step 2. Download TEncoder

There are many different video conversion and encoding programs available online, and most of them can hardcode subtitles without too much trouble. One of the most powerful and popular solutions for this is TEncoder, an open-source video encoder and free to download.

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Step 3. Open the video file in TEncoder

Click the Add File button at the top of the TEncoder window to select the movie file you want to add subtitles to.

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Step 4. Select your video conversion options

Below the list of files, you will see several conversion options that need to be set before you can proceed. Most of these options can be left at the default setting. You can change each option depending on the requirements of your project, but if you simply want to add subtitles to your video, then nothing needs to be changed.

  • If you want to change the format of the converted file, please choose a new format from the Video Codec list. If you want to keep the same format, select Copy from the list.
  • If you want to lower the quality of the video to speed up the encoding, please choose a lower Video Bitrate. This can noticeably decrease the quality of the video.
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Step 5. Activate the subtitles

In the Other Options group, check “Enabled Subtitles”. The subtitle file MUST be in the same folder as the video and it MUST have the same name as the video or the subtitle will not load.

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Step 6. Activate encoding the video twice

If you want the final video to have a higher quality, check the “Do two passes” box. This will essentially go through the encoding twice, resulting in a higher quality file. The encoding process will take approximately twice as long as normal.

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Step 7. Start encoding

Once you have configured all options, click the Encode button to start the process. This can take quite some time if your computer is slow, so don't start encoding until you know you won't be using the computer for a few hours.

Longer videos and higher processing quality will take much longer than lower quality settings

Method 2 of 3: VirtualDub

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Step 1. Place your video file and subtitle file in the same folder

Make sure the subtitle file has the exact same name as the video file. For example, if the video is named “MyMovie.mp4”, the name of the subtitle file will also be “MyMovie” plus the extension.srt or.ssa. Both files should be in the same location on your computer.

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Step 2. Download VirtualDub

This is a free, open-source program that you can download directly from the developer. It is a lightweight video editing program that allows you to quickly add subtitles to a video.

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Step 3. Download the Subtitler filter

Search the VirtualDub website for the Subtitler filter to download. This filter will add the subtitle to the video stream as it is encoded.

Install the filter by launching VirtualDub, clicking Video menu and selecting Filters. Click on Add and then on Load. Browse to the “subtitler.vdf” file you downloaded and press Open

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Step 4. Convert your subtitles

If your subtitle is in.srt format, it will need to be converted to.ssa to be read by VirtualDub. To do this, use an SRT-to-SSA converter that you can find online. There are several free options. If you already have an.ssa as a subtitle file, you don't need to do anything.

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Step 5. Load the video into VirtualDub

Click the Video menu in VirtualDub and make sure “Full Processing Mode” is selected. Then click on File and select Open Video File. Browse to the video file you want to add the subtitles to.

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Step 6. Add the subtitles

Once the video has loaded, click the Video menu and select Filters. Click the Add button and select Subtitler from the list. Press OK and you will be prompted to load the ssa file. Search for it on your computer and press OK.

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Step 7. Set the compression rate

Click the Video menu and select Compression. Select the codec that suits your file type. XviD Mpeg-4 is one of the most common codecs you will use.

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Step 8. Start encoding

Click on File and select “Save As.avi”. Save the video on your computer wherever you want. Once you click Save, the encoding process will begin. This can take quite some time depending on your system.

Method 3 of 3: VLC Player

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Step 1. Download and install VLC Player

If you don't already have this program, download VLC player from the developer's website. It is a free program and takes no more than a few minutes to set up.

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Step 2. Download the subtitle file for the video

VLC Player will automatically load subtitle files that are in the same folder as the video during playback, as long as the subtitle file runs at the same speed as the video. You can find subtitle files for almost any movie or show on various internet locations. Just search for the title plus "subtitle file" or "srt". SRT is one of the most common subtitle file formats. Subtitles can also be in the SSA format.

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Step 3. Place the subtitle file in the same folder as your video

This can be a folder with many different videos. Give the subtitle files the same name as the corresponding video.

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Step 4. Open the movie in VLC

You can launch VLC and then open the movie, or you can set the movie file to open automatically in VLC. Anyway, make sure the movie is opened by VLC player.

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Step 5. Load the subtitles

Once the movie file has started, click on the Subtitle menu and then click on "Add Subtitle File". Browse to the subtitle file and open it. The subtitles should now be displayed at the bottom of the video.

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