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How to Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player

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March 21, 2019

It won't take much effort to add subtitles to video if you have installed VLC media player. And this article shows you how to add subtitles in VLC media player. Moreover, the simplest tool to embed subtitles to videos permanently can be downloaded here:

When watching a foreign movie, we can make an understanding of what the characters say and how the plot develops with the help of subtitles. There are many various media players allowing you to add external subtitles to video and VLC media player is a favorite for most people. The multiple-purposes media player can help you to convert, edit, stream videos and also add subtitles to videos effortlessly. Follow the VLC add subtitles instruction below to learn about how to add subtitles in VLC.

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VLC Add Subtitles – Add Subtitle to VLC Step by Step

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Step 1. Download subtitles. If you need to download a subtitle first, you can go to websites like, OpenSubtitles, and where you can find virtually any subtitle of popular and classic TV series and movies. Moreover, VLC itself offers a plug-in called VLSub that enables to download subtitles >>How to Download Subtitles in VLC Media Player Automatically.

Step 2. Put the downloaded subtitle file and the video in the same folder. Rename the subtitle file as exactly the same as the video except for the extension.

Eg. The video file is named as “Doctor.Foster.S02E04.720p.HDTV.x264-ORGANiC.mkv”. You should name the corresponding SRT subtitle file “”.

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Step 3. Open VLC media player, on the upper left corner, click on Media > Open Files to select the video, and the subtitle will be automatically added. If the subtitle doesn’t shown in the video, move to the next step on how to add subtitles in VLC.

Step 4. Click on the Subtitle button on the menu bar, press Add Subtitle File… and add subtitles to VLC.

How to Add Subtitles in VLC Permanently

The most common practice for VLC add subtitles permanently is encoding the video with subtitle in VLC. There are many online tutorials for it. However, in many cases this way doesn’t work. Actually, the most effective method to embed subtitles in VLC is using the Stream feature yet the whole process is a bit circuitous. For the newbie, it may take hours to figure the whole thing out. I believe most of you need a simple and effective solution rather than sink you in the mud for embedding subtitles in VLC. So here I’d like to introduce another simple solution for you to add subtitles permanently.

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Four Steps to Add Subtitles to Videos

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Step 1. Add a Video File into the Software

Click on the Add Files button, browse and select the video you want to add subtitle from your computer.

Step 2. Add Subtitle to the Video 

Click on the Subtitle button on the video, press Add Subtitle and select the subtitle file you want to add.

Step 3. Choose the Output Format

Click on the Output Format button on the right side of the main interface, choose the output video format under the Video tab. For example, if you need to add subtitles to an MKV file, you can choose MKV as the output format or convert MKV to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc.

Step 4. Start Adding Subtitle to Video

Click on the Run button on the lower right corner to start the process.
It can quickly finish the task. Once the process is complete, a window will pop up to prompt you to open the output file.

In Summary

It’s quite easy to fix how to add subtitles in VLC. Just rename the subtitle file as the same as the name of the video, you’re able to play the video in VLC media player with the needed subtitle. However, if you want to embed subtitles to videos permanently, WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is the better choice. You can install the software and have a try!

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