How to Merge SRT Subtitles with AVI Files
This tutorial will show you step by step how to merge .srt subtitles with a .avi movie permanently using the free program AVIAddXSubs.
AVIAddXSubs is a small program (which you don't need to install) that allows you to combine SRT subtitle files with AVI video files to one file in just 1 or 2 minutes.
AVIAddXSubs doesn't re-encode the video, so the quality of your video file remains exactly the same.
AVIAddXSubs is actually Windows software, but you can also use it on your Linux or Mac OS X computer.
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AVI short for Audio Video Interleave is a common video format that you see a lot when downloading videos, movies, tv shows, cartoons, anime or other types of videos.
SRT short for SubRipText is perhaps the most common subtitle format used with avi movies and videos.
So when you added your SRT subs to your AVI file, the subtitles don't show up while playing a AVI movie or video on your device.
The solution is to merge (combine) the AVI file with the SRT subtitle file to one file.
With the free and small program AVIAddXSubs it only takes about one till two minutes.
How to Combine AVI and SRT
Step One: Download Subtitles
A few websites for downloading free subtitles are Opensubtitles.org, Subscene.com and YifySubtitles.com.
Step Two: Add Subtitles to Your AVI File
Place the SRT subtitle file in the same folder as the AVI file and give the two files exactly the same file name, like:
It's very important that they have exactly the same file name (case sensitive).
Step Three: Download and Install Wine (for Linux or Mac OS X only)
If you have windows installed on your computer then skip this step.
AVIAddXSubs is actually Windows software, but you can also use it on your Linux or Mac OS X computer when "Wine" is installed. So the first thing you need to do is to download and install "Wine" on your Linux or Mac OS X pc.
"Wine" is free software that allows you to run many (not all) Windows-based software on computers that uses Linux or Mac OS X. Wine doesn't do any CPU emulation, so it's not an emulator, therefore, the name "Wine Is Not an Emulator".
Wine Download Links
How to use Wine on Linux (link opens in a new window).
How to use Wine on Mac OS X (link opens in a new window).
Step Four: How to Merge SRT Subtitles with a AVI Movie
1. Download AVIAddXSubs here.
2. Unzip the "AVIAddXSub.zip" file
3. Double click on "AVIAddXSubs.exe" to open the program.
4. Click on "Configuration 1" located at the top.
5. Now you will have a lot of settings, but you probably only want to change a few settings, like:
- Character Set this setting is for some languages who use different characters in their subtitles.
- Language Code here you can select your subtitle language. Don't worry if your language is not in the list, because it probably won't matter much.
- Font here you can select a font type. I prefer "Verdana" as font.
- Font Size here you can select a size for your subtitle. I prefer 18 as font size.
- Bold is checked by default, but if you don't like it you can just uncheck it.
- Outline Size this is the size of the font border. I prefer 1 as outline size.
6. If you want to view how your subtitles will look, then click on "Preview" located at "SRT extension".
7. Click on "Create XSUB or Idx/Sub" located at the top.
8. Click on the [...] button located at "filename(s)(.avi or .srt or .idx).Or folder(s)".
9. Go to the location on your computer where the AVI and SRT files are stored.
10. Select the AVI file and click on "Open".
Note: You will only see the AVI file and not the SRT subtitle file, but that's normal, it's okay, as long as you placed the two files together in the same folder and gave them exactly the same file name.
11. Click on the "Start" button and AVIAddXSubs will merge the SRT subtitle file with the AVI video file to one file in just 2 or 3 minutes.
12. When it's done, you click on "Exit".
13. Open the folder of your movie and subtitle file.
14. Now you will see two video files. The DIVX video file is the one which contains the subtitles.
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