How to merge subtitles with any video permanently (4 ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to merge subtitles with any video permanently.

This works for MP4, MKV, AVI, and other video files.

Some devices, like, for example, PlayStation 3, or some TV's don't support SRT subtitle files. So if you want to play a video or movie with subtitles, you'll need to hardcode the SRT subtitle file into a video file.

How to merge subtitles with any video permanently using MKVToolNix

MKVToolNix is a set of tools to create, alter, and inspect MKV video files on Microsoft Windows and Linux. But you can also use it to merge SRT subtitle files with MP4 video files.

MKVToolNix website

For Windows, MKVToolNix is available as an installer and as a portable 7zip archive.

You can download MKVToolNix for Windows here.

Note: If you've downloaded the portable version of MKVToolNix, then you will need to unzip the .7z file first. You can use 7-Zip for this.

1. Make sure that the subtitle file is in the same folder as the video file.

2. Make sure that the subtitle file has the same filename as the video file.

Example:

Movie.mp4
Movie.srt

3. Open MKVToolNix (mkvtoolnix-gui.exe or mkvtoolnix-gui).

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

MKVToolNix Add source files button

A “Add media files” window will open.

5. In this window, you go to the location on your computer where the subtitle file and video file are.

6. Select the subtitle file and video file.

7. Click on the Open button.

MKVToolNix Add media files window

8. At Destination file located at the bottom, you can see and change the location on your computer where MKVToolNix will save the new video file.

MKVToolNix Destination file section

9. When you're ready, you click on the Start multiplexing button at the bottom.

MKVToolNix Start multiplexing button

MKVToolNix will now merge the subtitles with the video file.

This process will only take a minute or so to complete.

You can see the progress in the bottom right corner of MKVToolNix.

MKVToolNix progress bar

The result will be an MKV video file.

How to merge subtitles with any video permanently using VLC media player

VLC media player is a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. It plays most video and audio files, and it offers a lot of extra features, like, for example, converting videos.

VLC website

1. Make sure that the subtitle file is in the same folder as the video file.

2. Make sure that the subtitle file has the same filename as the video file.

Example:

Movie.mp4
Movie.srt

3. Open VLC media player.

4. Click on Media in the upper left corner.

5. Click on Convert/Save.

VLC Convert/Save

A “Open Media” window will appear.

6. In this window, you click on the Add button.

VLC Open Media

A “Select one or multiple files” window will appear.

7. In this window, you go to the location on your computer where the subtitle file and video file are.

8. Select the video file.

9. Click on the Open button.

VLC video file selection window

10. Do not check the Use a subtitle file option. Make sure this option is unchecked (disabled).

11. Click on the Convert/Save button at the bottom of the window.

VLC Convert/Save button

A “Convert” window will appear.

12. At Profile, you click on the selection menu button and select Video for MPEG4 720p TV/Device or Video for MPEG4 1080p TV/Device. This depends on the resolution of the original video file.

13. Click on the tool button next to the profile selection menu button.

VLC Convert window

A “Profile edition” window will appear.

14. Click on Video codec.

15. Make sure the Video option is checked.

16. Make sure the Keep original video track option is unchecked (disabled).

VLC video codec settings

17. Click on Audio codec.

18. Make sure the Audio option is checked.

19. Check the Keep original audio track option.

VLC audio codec settings

20. Click on Subtitles.

21. Check the Subtitles option.

22. Select DVB subtitle.

23. Check the Overlay subtitles on the video option.

VLC subtitles settings

24. Click on the Save button at the bottom of the window.

25. Click on the Browse button.

VLC Browse button

A “Save file” window will appear.

26. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video file.

27. At File name, you type a name for the new video file.

28. Click on the Save button.

VLC Save file window

29. Click on the Start button at the bottom of the window.

VLC Start button

VLC media player will now merge the subtitles with the video file.

This process may take a while to complete.

You can see the progress of this process at the bottom of VLC.

Progress bar in VLC media player

How to merge subtitles with any video permanently using VLC media player (second method)

VLC media player is a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. It plays most video and audio files, and it offers a lot of extra features, like, for example, converting videos.

VLC website

1. Make sure that the subtitle file is in the same folder as the video file.

2. Make sure that the subtitle file has the same filename as the video file.

Example:

Movie.mp4
Movie.srt

3. Open VLC media player.

4. Click on Media in the upper left corner.

5. Click on Stream.

VLC Stream

A “Open Media” window will appear.

4. In this window, you click on the Add button.

VLC Open Media

A “Select one or multiple files” window will appear.

5. In this window, you go to the location on your computer where the subtitle file and video file are.

6. Select the video file.

7. Click on the Open button.

VLC video file selection window

6. Do not check the Use a subtitle file option. Make sure this option is unchecked (disabled).

7. Click on the Stream button at the bottom of the window.

VLC Stream button

A “Stream Output” window will appear.

8. Click on the Next button.

9. Click on the Add button.

VLC Add button

10. Click on the Browse button.

VLC Browse button

A “Save file” window will appear.

11. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video file.

12. At File name, you type a name for the new video file with the correct file extension (e.g., Video.mp4, Movie.mp4).

13. Click on the Save button.

VLC Save file window

14. Click on the Next button.

15. Make sure the Activate Transcoding option is checked.

16. At Profile, you click on the selection menu button and select Video for MPEG4 720p TV/Device or Video for MPEG4 1080p TV/Device. This depends on the resolution of the original video file.

17. Click on the tool button next to the profile selection menu button.

VLC profile selection menu button and edit profile button

A “Profile edition” window will appear.

18. Click on Video codec.

19. Make sure the Video option is checked.

20. Make sure the Keep original video track option is unchecked (disabled).

VLC video codec settings

21. Click on Audio codec.

22. Make sure the Audio option is checked.

23. Check the Keep original audio track option.

VLC audio codec settings

24. Click on Subtitles.

25. Check the Subtitles option.

26. Select DVB subtitle.

27. Check the Overlay subtitles on the video option.

VLC subtitles settings

28. Click on the Save button at the bottom of the window.

29. Click on the Next button.

30. Click on the Stream button.

VLC start stream button

VLC media player will now merge the subtitles with the video file.

This process may take a while to complete.

You can see the progress of this process at the bottom of VLC.

Progress bar in VLC media player

How to merge subtitles with an AVI video permanently using AVIAddXSubs

AVIAddXSubs is a small free portable program for merging subtitle files with AVI video files.

1. Make sure that the subtitle file is in the same folder as the video file.

2. Make sure that the subtitle file has the same filename as the video file.

Example:

Movie.avi
Movie.srt

3. Click here to download AVIAddXSubs.

4. Unzip the downloaded AVIAddXSubs.zip file.

Unzip AVIAddXSubs.zip file

5. Open the AVIAddXSubs folder.

6. Double-click on AVIAddXSubs.exe to open it.

Open AVIAddXSubs

7. Click on the [...] button located next to the Filename(s)(.avi or .srt or .idx).Or folder(s) field.

AVIAddXSubs browse button

A “Open” window will appear.

8. Go to the location on your computer where the .avi video file and .srt subtitle file are.

9. Select the AVI video file.

10. Click on the Open button.

AVIAddXSubs open video file window

11. Click on the Configuration 1 tab located at the top.

AVIAddXSubs configuration tab

12. Now you will have a lot of settings, but you probably only want to change a few settings, like:

AVIAddXSubs configuration

13. Click on the Create XSUB or Idx/Sub tab located at the top.

AVIAddXSubs Create XSUB or Idx/Sub tab

14. Click on the Start button located in the bottom left corner.

AVIAddXSubs Start button

AVIAddXSubs will now merge the srt subtitle file with the AVI video file.

This process will not take long. Maybe one or two minutes.

15. When the process is complete, you click on the Exit button located in the bottom right corner.

The output will be a .divx video file.


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