How to merge srt subtitles with MP4 video files (4 easy and fast ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to merge SRT subtitles with MP4 video files in a few different ways using free and paid software.

This tutorial will show you how to add external SRT subtitle files to MP4 movies and merge them into one video file.

In other words, this will permanently embed (hardcode) the subtitles into your MP4 video file.

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MP4 Video

Mp4 or MPEG-4 is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video and audio, but can also be used to store other data such as subtitles. Many movies you download now are in MP4 format.

Subtitles

SRT (.srt) short for (SubRip Text) is a basic subtitle format that contains formatted lines of plain text in groups separated by a blank line. Most subs you download now are in .srt subtitle format.

Why Merging SRT Subtitles with MP4 Movies?

There are devices like PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360, some TVs and DVD-players that don't support the .srt subtitle format. When you add subs to your movies, they don't show up while playing the movies on these devices. The only way to fix this is to merge subtitles with movies (also called hardcoding). When you hardcode subs, the subs will permanently be burned into the video file. The two files will become one file.

Download Subtitles

Here are two good websites for downloading subtitles:

How to merge srt subtitles with MP4 using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

This method isn't free, because you need the reliable and fast WinX HD Video Converter and this will cost you a few dollars.

But:

It will save you a lot of time, effort and headaches.

Now:

You're probably thinking “So I need to convert all of my movies? That's not what I was looking for. I only need a simple and fast way for merging subtitles with my movies”.

Wait! Don't leave this page yet.

Give me a moment to explain.

Look:

I've searched a long time on the Internet for finding a solution to easily and quickly merge srt subtitles with Mp4 movies and many of these solutions took a very long time to execute, reduced the quality of the movies, or the subs were not synced with the movie.

As the owner of this website, I often get the chance to try out software for free, but I only make reviews and how-to tutorials about programs that are good and reliable.

I tried WinX HD Video Converter and found out that it's a good and user-friendly video converter that can easily convert your videos to all kinds of video formats and devices.

WinX HD Video Converter isn't free but offers great value for your money – especially if you are going to merge srt subtitles with mp4 movies more often.

And:

With this Video Converter, it only took me about 20 minutes to merge srt or sub and idx subtitles with full movies in Mp4 format. That's fast! With free video converters, it will take you much longer, and it will often reduce the quality of your movies, and many times the subs are not synced with the movie (showing the wrong sentence at the wrong moment/time).

If you are planning to merge a lot of movies with subs, then 49 dollars (maybe cheaper) are well spent on software that can save you a lot of time, effort and headaches.

You can find more information about WinX HD Video Converter here (this link will open in a new window and will bring you to their official website).

If you don't want to spend any money and have all the time in the world, then you can also use a FREE video converter like HandBrake (which will take much longer). If you want to know how to hardcode srt subtitles into mp4 with HandBrake, then click here to jump straight to this method.

Let's start:

1. Make sure that the .srt file is in the same folder as the .mp4 file.

2. The .srt file must have the same filename as the .mp4 file.

Example:

3. Open WinX HD Video Converter.

4. Click on Video located at the top left.

5. Go to the location on your computer where the .mp4 video file and .srt subtitle file are.

6. Select the MP4 video and click on Open.

An Output Profile window will appear.

7. At General Profiles, you select MP4 Video and choose HQ.

HQ stands for High Quality. This will take more time, but gives you better quality. If you want to make it faster, then leave it in the middle (between LQ and HQ).

Select Video Output Format & Quality WinX HD Video Converter

8. Click on OK located at the bottom right.

9. Click on Edit located just below your video.

Edit Video Winx HD Video Converter

10. Click on Subtitle.

11. Select Enable Subtitle.

12. Select Extra.

13. Click on the Add button.

Add Subtitle Winx HD Video Converter

14. Select the subtitle file and click on Open.

15. Click on Done located at the bottom right.

16. Select Use High Quality Engine above RUN.

17. Click on RUN.

WinX HD Video Converter will now convert and merge your SRT subtitles with your MP4 movie.

The speed (time it takes) depends on the file size of your video, the output quality settings you choose, your PC (RAM, the speed of processor etc.) and the video converter (software).

How to merge srt subtitles with MP4 using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is a well-known and user-friendly video converter that can convert almost all video formats.

With Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, you can also burn and rip DVD's, download and convert videos from the internet and stream media from your PC to your TV or any other device that supports DLNA/UPnP.

It also comes with a few basic video editing options such as trim, crop, rotate, watermark, and effects.

You can find more information about Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate here.

Let's start:

1. Make sure that the .srt file is in the same folder as the .mp4 file.

2. The .srt file must have the same filename as the .mp4 file.

Example:

3. Open Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

4. Click on + Add Files located at the top left.

5. Go to the location on your computer where the .mp4 video file and .srt subtitle file are.

6. Select the video (movie) and click on Open.

Wondershare Video Converter will now load the video file.

7. Make sure that MP4 is selected as video format.

mp4 video and srt subtitle wondershare video converter

Usually, it will be already selected by default.

8. Make sure that the srt subtitle file is selected.

mp4 video and srt subtitle wondershare video converter

usually, it will be already selected by default as long as the subtitle file is in the same folder and has the same filename as the video file.

If the subtitle file is not selected, then click on the button, click on Add Subtitles, select the .srt file and then click on Open.

9. Click on the Convert button.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will now convert and merge your SRT subtitles with your MP4 movie.

The speed (time it takes) depends on the file size of your video, the output quality settings you choose, your PC (RAM, the speed of processor, etc.) and the video converter (software).

How to merge srt subtitles with MP4 using Handbrake

Handbrake is a well-known free video converter that can convert your video's to all kinds of video formats. And with this video converter, you can also attach srt subs to MP4 movies.

As with all FREE video converters, it takes much longer to convert videos. That's why I recommend the first method with Winx HD Video Converter.

You can download Handbrake here (this link will open in a new window and will bring you to their official website).

Let's start:

1. Make sure that the .srt file is in the same folder as the .mp4 file.

2. The .srt file must have the same filename as the .mp4 file.

Example:

3. Open Handbrake.

4. Click on Source located at the top left.

Open Mp4 Video in Handbrake

5. Click on File.

6. Go to the location on your computer where the .mp4 video file and .srt subtitle file are.

7. Select the mp4 video and click on Open.

8. At Destination, you click on Browse next to File.

Select Destination in Handbrake

9. Select a location on your PC where you want to save the video.

10. At File name, you enter the name of your movie or video with .mp4 at the end (e.g., Movie Name.mp4).

11. Click on Save.

12. At Output Settings, you make sure that Mp4 is selected as Container.

13. Click on Subtitles.

14. Click on Import SRT.

Add SRT Subtitles to Mp4 in Handbrake

15. Select the subtitle file and click on Open.

16. Select Burn in located at the right of the subtitle bar.

17. Click on Start located at the top left.

Handbrake will now convert and merge your SRT subtitles with your MP4 movie.

The speed (time it takes) depends on the file size of your video, the output quality settings you choose, your PC (RAM, the speed of processor, etc.) and the video converter (software).

How to merge srt subtitles with MP4 using MKVToolNix

MKVToolNix is a set of free tools to create, split, edit, mux, demux, merge, extract, and inspect MKV and other video files (e.g., MP4 video).

You can download MKVToolNix here.

1. Make sure that the .srt file is in the same folder as the .mp4 file.

2. The .srt file must have the same filename as the .mp4 file.

Example:

3. Open MKVToolNix.

4. Click on the + Add source files button located at the bottom.

add source files and start multiplexing buttons in MKVToolNix

5. Go to the location on your computer where the .mp4 video file and .srt subtitle file are.

6. Select the MP4 file and subtitle file(s) (.srt, .sub or .idx) and click on Open.

Open MKV File and Subtitle File in MKVToolNix

7. At Destination file (located at the bottom), you can view and change the location on your computer where MKVToolNix will save the new MKV video file.

8. Click on the Start multiplexing button located at the bottom.

add source files and start multiplexing buttons in MKVToolNix

MKVToolNix will now merge your SRT subtitles with your MP4 video file and convert it to MKV.

This process usually goes fast.

The speed (time it takes) depends on the file size of your video, the output quality settings you choose, your PC (RAM, the speed of processor, etc.) and the video converter (software).


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References:

Wikipedia: MPEG-4

Wikipedia: SubRip