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A Handy Guide: Add Subtitle to MP4 - How to Add External SRT Subtitle to MP4

Here’s a simple handy guide for you to add subtitles to MP4, AVI, MKV, any video format and add subtitles to DVD movie.

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What Are Common Subtitle Formats?

Subtitles are always shown as the text word of the dialogue or commentary in movies, TV programs, video games, music videos, etc. Most subtitles consist purely of text characters since text is surely the simplest data to be stored and compressed. There are many more common subtitle formats such as SRT, ASS, SSA, IDX, SUB and more. And SRT is perhaps the most text-based of all.

While many people I know are not used to watching DVD movies with subs, including myself, under certain circumstances, it is very useful. You may have some collections of foreign-language DVDs cause there are definitely many fabulous films from other society. With subtitle file, you can probably get better understanding of the film story and mood. Moreover, learning a foreign language when watching movies with subtitles is much easier to get the point.

Add subtitles to foreign-language film

By the way, the year 2016 Oscar nominates the following 5 movies as best foreign language film: "Mustang" (France), "Theeb" (Jordan), "Son of Saul" (Hungary), "Embrace the Serpent" (Colombia), "A War" (Denmark).

You can easily find subtitles in your DVD movies, however, it is still not enough to cover every language, let alone TV programs or videos. Mostly you need to add external subtitle to video manually. From this article, you will learn more simple methods to add subtitle to MP4 video. The method surely applies to other video formats.


Top 5 Subtitle Sites for Your Digital Movies, TV Series or Music Videos

To add subtitle to MP4, first of all, you need to find external subtitles. Here are top 5 reputable sites to download subtitles for free. Just make sure your searches are precise in relation to quality and language.

1. Subscene

Website: http://subscene.com/


Subscene is an international subtitle site for films and TV series. Just type the right name and title, you can get many search results with multiple languages. Subtitle filter is more helpful for your preferred language.

2. OpenSubtitles

Website: http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/search


OpenSubtitles is an open multi-language subtitle database. It is one of the best and certainly the most visited subtitle website. Advanced search enables you to find what you need much faster.

3. Addic7ed


Webiste: http://www.addic7ed.com/

Addic7ed is one of the popular sites where TV shows and movies subtitles can be downloaded for free. They aim to provide fast and quality subtitles for your favorite TV shows and movies.

4. Moviesubtitles

Website: http://www.moviesubtitles.org/


On Moviesubtitles, you can find subtitles for the most popular movies and TV films. Subtitles are available in multiple languages. All subtitles here are packed with WinZip.

5. SubsMax

Webiste: http://subsmax.com/


SubsMax aims to help you find and download the subtitles you need quickly, without having to avoid popups and struggling hard to find the download button among ads.


3 Ways on How to Add Subtitles to MP4

Method 1 - Rename Subtitles

Rename Subtitles in the Same Folder

1. Create a new folder.
2. Drag both MP4 video file and SRT subtitle into the same folder.
3. Rename subtitle file as the same name as the video file.
4. Play the video with your media player.

Note: For instance, if your video is named "Game.of.Thrones.S05E10.mp4", the subtitle should be "Game.of.Thrones.S05E10.srt" or other subtitle format extensions. Both of the two files must be in the same folder.

Method 2 - Load Subtitles

But for some special video and subtitle formats, method 1 might not work very well. So you can load subtitles via media player while playing videos. Here we take frequently-used VLC for example.

Load Subtitle in VLC

1. Play your MP4 video file with VLC.
2. Press "Subtitle" on the menu bar and choose "Add Subtitle File".
3. Load subtitle file you've downloaded.

Method 3 - Embed Subtitles Permanently

With the help of Method 1 and Method 2, you can successfully add subtitle to MP4. But there’re too many steps and you can only watch the video with subs on computer. If you want to watch the subtitled video on your portable devices at anytime anywhere, such as playing MKV video on Samsung TV, playing video on Apple TV, etc, you’d better turn to this third-party freeware - Free HD Video Converter Factory.


How to Embed SRT to MP4 Permanently

Note: This tutorial also applies to any of the followings:

#1. Add SRT to MP4 without re-encoding and keep original quality.
#2. Add SRT to MP4 while converting MP4 to other video format like AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV and embed srt subtitle to VOB, MPG, FLV and more.
#3. Embed SRT to MP4 on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista.

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Step 1 - Press "Add File" to import MP4 file that you want to add subtitle to. Or  simply drag and drop the file.

Add video

Step 2 - Click "T" sign and choose "Add subtitle" to import SRT subtitle you've downloaded.
Note: You can preview output video by clicking the window on the left.

Preview the subtitle

Step 3 - Select MP4 format in the expanded list of Output Format.
Tips: It offers you numerous video output formats even like H.265 and VP9 video, and covers almost all devices like Smartphone, tablet, 4K TV, PS4 and so on.

Supported formats

Step 4 - Set your destination folder and click "Run" button to start adding subtitle to MP4.

Subtitled video

After done, open output folder to check out your subtitle-embedded MP4 video file.

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