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3 Free and Practical Methods of How to Hardcode Subtitles to Video

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Updated on Jan 5, 2022

How to hardcode subtitles? If you're not so tech-savvy, follow this article to get 3 free methods of hardcoding subtitles to video with simple and elegant manner.

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Why Do We Need to Hardcode Subtitles to Video?

We often need the help of subtitles to watch foreign movies or TV series. I believe most people are used to downloading subtitles and loading them into the media player, or simply downloading a source video with multiple embedded subtitles to switch between them. Indeed, there is no problem doing this on a computer, but you may encounter subtitle not working problems when you play videos on some media servers, TVs and portable devices.

Compared with external subtitles, embedded or soft subtitles, hardcoded subtitles do not have this problem, and there is no need to use any subtitle plugin because the subtitles have been burnt into the video, just like a watermark, they have become one part of the video and cannot be closed or removed. Next, I will introduce three methods of how to hardcode subtitles. Read on for more.

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Method 1 - How to Hardcode Subtitles with Free HD Video Converter Factory

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Step 1: Load Videos into Program

How to hardcode subs? Firstly, free downloadfree download, install and launch Free HD Video Converter Factory on your PC. Go to "Converter". Click on "Add File" to import the video file that you want to add subtitles to. Or, simply drag and drop the file into the software.

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Step 2: How to Hardcode Subtitles

Unlike the closed captions that can only be embedded in several formats, all video formats support hardcoded subtitles. Open the full list of 500+ preset on the right side, select a preferred format as you wish. Click "Subtitle settings" icon and switch to "Hard-coded Subtitles" mode. Then click the "+" icon to load the internal subtitles or add external.ass and .srt subtitle files you've downloaded.

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Finish Hardcode Subtitles Process

Step 3: Start Hardcode Subtitles Process

Finally, set your destination folder and click "Run" button to start the process of hardcoding subtitles.

Tips: This freeware also allows you to add closed captions to videos so as to open and close at will. It's recommended to add subtitles to MKV because this video format supports both text subtitles (.srt, .ass) and graphic subtitles (PGS, VobSub).

Method 2 - How to Hardcode Subtitles Using VLC Media Player

How to Hardcode Subtitles Using VLCHow to Hardcode Subtitles Using VLC

Step 1. Run VLC, and click on Media > Convert/Save in the upper left corner.

Step 2. Click Add to import the video you want to add subtitles, then check Use a subtitle file to import subtitles, click Convert/Save.

Step 3. Click the Profile drop-down list to select the format, click the wrench button next to it > Subtitles > check Subtitles > check Overlay subtitles on the video > Save.

Step 4. Set the output directory and click Start to start to hardcode subtitles.

After the playback process ends, you can see the video with the added subtitles in the output directory.


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Method 3 – How to Hardcode Subtitles HandBrake

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Step 1. Run Handbrake to import the video file you want to hardcode subtitles.

Step 2. In order to hardcode subtitles to MKV or MP4 video, just select MKV or MP4 as the output format.

Step 3. Click the Subtitles tab, click the Import SRT button to import the SRT subtitle file, and check the Burn in option.

Step 4. Customize the presets you need, set the output directory.

Step 5. Click the green Start Encode to hardcode subtitles on HandBrake.

At last...

The above are three effective methods to hardcode subtitles to MP4, MKV and other videos, have you learned? If you have an easier way to complete the task, please contact us and we will keep updating the content. Of course, you can also share this tutorial with more people.

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