August 2, 2017

How To Add And Embed Subtitles To Videos In VLC Media Player


Here are tips on how to add and also embed subtitles to videos using VLC media player.

The other day I have this 2014 French 'naughty' thriller video, titled "Blue Room", but it comes without the English subtitles.

In order to enjoy this adult French movie with English subtitles, this is what I do:

How To Download Subtitles On PC


1. First I have to look for the English subtitles over at the Internet and download it.

2. As the subtitle file is zip format, I need to abstract the file which end with .srt

3. To do that, first I click on the .srt file.

4. Then I click on "Extract To".  (see image below)

how to embed subtitles to videos VLC media player
5. A box pops up as shown below.

add and save subtitles to video with VLC media player

6. Select where you want to save the .srt file.

7. For instance if you want to save it on the desktop, then click on "Desktop".

8. Then click on the "OK" button below.

9. After that you should see the .srt file on your desktop.

How To Add Subtitles To video


1. Click on the movie and let it play on the VLC media player.

2. While the movie is playing, click "Subtitle" at the toolbar.

3. Then click "Add Subtitle file..."

how to add and save subtitles to video with VLC media player

4. A box will pop up, and then locate the subtitle file (end with .srt) which you have just saved.

5. Click on it and then click on the "Open" button below.

how to add and embed subtitles to video with VLC media player

6. Instantly now the movie which is playing has the subtitles on it.

Now you can enjoy the movie with the subtitles.

If you want to the earlier part of the movie, you can just hover your cursor over the running time track to the beginning of the show and click on it.

But if you want to permanently embed the subtitles or hard-code to the movie, then this is how you do it.

How To Embed And Save Subtitles To Video Permanently

Personally I have used this method myself and it works perfectly.

1. First open the VLC media player.

2. Click on "Media" on the menu bar located on the top left hand corner.

3. Scroll down your cursor until "Stream..."

4. Click on it.

how to embed subtitles to videos permanently with VLC Media Player

5. A box will pop up.

how to add and save subtitles directly to the video with VLC media player

6. Click on the "Add..." button.

7. Another box pops up.

8. Look for your movie video file. (Not subtitle files!)

9. Click on the movie file.

10. Then click the "Open" button.

11. Now you should see the movie file listed in the smaller box next to the "Add..." button.

12. Next, click on tiny box next to "Use a subtitle file".

13. A small tick symbol will appear inside the tiny box.

14. Now click on the "Browse..." button.

15. A box pops up.

16. Locate and click on your subtitle file which ends with .srt.

17. Then click on the "Open" button.

18. Now you can see the subtitles file listed in box next to "Browse" button.

19. Click on the "Stream" button.

20. Another box will pop up.

how to add subtitles permanently to video with VLC media player

21.  Click on the "Next" button.

22. Another box pops up called "Destination Setup".

vlc player embed subtitles tutorial

23. Click on the "Add" button.

24. It jumps to the "File" tab. Click on the "Browse..." button.

how to hardcode subtitles to videos with VLC media player

25. Another box pops up.

how to set subtitles permanently onto the video with VLC player

26. Now choose where you want to save the newly created file.

27. Click on one of the options on the left side of the box. (Desktop, Downloads, Libraries, etc)

28. Now type in a new name for your video in the blank space next to "File name".

29. Then click  the "Save" button.

30. The same "Destination Setup" box pops back again.

how to set subtitles permanently to movies with VLC Player

31. Now click on the "Next" button.

32. Another box pops up.

embed subtitles VLC Media Player tutorial 2017


33. Make sure the remark "Activate Transcoding" is checked (meaning there is a tick symbol in the small box next to it).

34.  Next click on the "edited selected profile" (wrench and spanner symbol).

35. An overlapping box pops up.

add subtitles to movies with VLC Media Player

36.  At the "Encapsulation" tab, make sure it is set at: MP4/MOV.

37.  Then click on "video" tab.


38.  Make sure the word "Video" is checked (with tick symbol) and the remark "Keep original video track" is NOT checked.

38. The "Codec" is set at: H-264 (Refer to the Profile Name as set above)

39. Next, click on "Audio codec" tab.



40. Make sure both "Audio" and "Keep original audio track" are checked. (with tick symbols in the tiny boxes)

41. Now click on the "Subtitles" tab.

subtitles setting VLC Media Player

42. Make sure both "Subtitles" and "Overlay subtitles on the video" are checked.

43. The "Codec" is set at: T.140

44. Once everything is properly set, click the "Save" button below.

VLC Media Player add subtitles settings

45. Then click the "Next" button.

46. Another box pops up.

VLC Media Player add subtitles tutorial

47.You can see a string of text inside the box below "Generated stream output string".

48. You need to remove or delete this portion of the code: scodec=t140, (highlighted in yellow as shown below)

49. The string of text looks something like this:

:sout=#transcode{vcodec=h264,scale=Auto,scodec=t140,soverlay}:file{dst=C:\\Users\\kher\\Desktop\\La Luna With Subtitlesss.mp4,no-overwrite} :sout-keep

50. After you have deleted scodec=t140, this is how it looks like:

:sout=#transcode{vcodec=h264,scale=Auto,soverlay}:file{dst=C:\\Users\\kher\\Desktop\\La Luna With Subtitlesss.mp4,no-overwrite} :sout-keep

Finally click the "Stream" button below.

51. That's all.  Now it should start to embed the subtitles to the video clip.

52.While the streaming process is on, you can see the word "Streaming" below the movie title at the top of the VLC interface and the blue color band slowly lengthening across at the bottom.

how to embed subtitles to movies VLC Player
Now you have to wait for it to permanently merge the subtitles together with the video.

The process takes some time, depending on the running time of your video or movie.

Once it is done, you just double click on the newly created file. (VLC orange color safety cone logo)

permanent subtitles with VLC media player

Now the subtitles is definitely permanently embed together with the video or movie.

If you click on the "Subtitle" on the menu, you find there is nothing on the "Sub Track".

In fact now you can delete away both the video and subtitles files. 

Enjoy your movies....with subtitles.

Note: Here is another simpler and faster method to add subtitles permanently to videos/movies with free software MKVToolNix GUI.  


Written by: Kher Cheng Guan