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4 Simple Ways to Merge Subtitles with Videos

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Updated on Apr 11, 2024

Subtitles can help foreign-language speakers and hearing-impaired people better understand movies and TV shows. Here, we provide four simple ways to merge subtitles with videos (without syncing). Please download the highly recommended video subtitle merger and start your work instantly:

Some movies may provide users with only a few options for subtitles. For a better understanding of the dialog among roles, one can download the corresponding subtitle from the subtitle sites and add subtitles to video manually. To display subtitles on the screen for good and all, more people would like to merge subtitles and make them a part of videos. Here are some effortless approaches for you to complete the task. Let's go deeper into each method.

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Method 1. Merge Subtitles with Videos Permanently with HD Video Converter Factory

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a feature-rich program designed to handle various a/v related problems. It excels at being a video subtitle merger for embedding SRT/ASS subs into videos without a problem. It supports both subtitle hardcoding and softcoding, and it can further encode videos to over 500 digital file formats and devices. The subtitle merging process is straightforward and fast, thanks to its smart interface and hardware acceleration support. Now, please free downloadfree download this video and subtitle merger and see how to permanently add subtitles to a movie in the following tutorial.

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How to Merge Subtitles with Video Permanently?

Enter Converter and Import Videos

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Step 1. Import Videos into the Video Converter

Run this software, head to "Converter" . Click on "Add Files" on the top left corner, select videos you want to merge subtitles with, and click Open. You can also drag and drop files into the window directly.

Add Subtitle into the Video

Step 2. Add Subtitle Files

Under the inputted video, click the "Add subtitle" button, select local external subtitle files from the hard drive, and click Open.

Tips: The default subtitling method is hardcoding (burning the subtitles into the video images). If you want to change the subtitle approach, you can click on Subtitle settings (H button) and select CC Closed Captioning. Note that there is video format requirement for selecting this CC method.

Encode Video and Start the Conversion

Step 3. Choose a Video Format

Hit the Format icon on the right side, go to the Video tab and choose an output video format. You can keep the original format or convert the video to MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, FLV, MPG, iPhone, iPad, etc.

Step 4. Export Videos with Subtitles

Click on the inverted triangle icon on the bottom section so that you can specify the output folder for outputs. Next, click on Run to finalize the process.

Further Reading: Change Default Audio and Subtitle Track of MKV

Method 2. Integrate Subtitles with Videos in VLC Media Player

VLC media player never let users down to handle various kinds of tasks related to media files, such as encoding video/audio, streaming files, creating playlists, recording screen, and so forth. This powerful media player can also play videos with soft and hard subtitles. If you need to insert subtitles into a video permanently, turn to the Stream feature in VLC. The guide on how to add subtitles to a video permanently with VLC is given below. 

Add a Video in VLCAdd a Video in VLC

Step 1. Put the single subtitle file and the video into a folder and name them the same except for the extensions.

Step 2. Head to Media > Stream. A new dialog pops up. Click on "+ Add" for importing the video, then press "Stream". Ignore the stream wizard and select "Next".

Step 3. Open the File tab, click on "Browse" to choose an output path and rename the exported file.

Enable Subtitle Encoding Enable Subtitle Encoding

Step 4. Check "Activate Transcoding", open the "Edit selected profiles" panel, move to "Subtitle" and check both "Subtitle" and "Overlay subtitles on the video". You also need to choose the subtitle codec as T.140. Click "Save" to save the changes.

Step 5. Click on "Next". It will direct you to a new window. Now, select "Stream" to finish the whole process. The processing time depends on the video size and the profile you choose. When it finishes the encoding, open the output folder and check whether the video and subtitle are integrated together.

Method 3. Merge Subtitles with Videos with HandBrake

I guess Handbrake needs no introduction here. Like the well-known and multiple-purpose VLC media player, Handbrake is a well-deserved, one of the most popular and useful open source video converter. By mean of the Handbrake SRT merger, you're able to add hardcoded subtitles into videos and export videos as MP4 and MKV files. Here is how to embed subtitles into video permanently with HandBrake.

Steps of Merging Subtitles in HandBrakeSteps of Merging Subtitles in HandBrake

Step 1. Put the subtitle and video in a folder and give them the same file name.

Step 2. Open Handbrake, and you will see the "Source Selection" menu on the right side, select "File" to locate and import your video.

Step 3. After the video loading process is complete, choose MP4 or MKV under the Summary tab, head to the Subtitles tab, click on "Import SRT", select the corresponding subtitle file, and make sure the Burn in box is checked.

Step 4. Navigate to the bottom of the window, hit "Press", specify the name of the file and output path.

Step 5. Click on the green "Start Encode" button on the top to merge video and subtitle together.

Method 4. Merge Subtitles and Videos Online

In case that you seldom need to merge subtitles with a video and prefer online methods, we have rounded up several online subtitle mergers for you.   


Veed can both merge a local subtitle file and make a subtitle by means of its generated subtitle tool. Meanwhile, there is a wide range of subtitle styles you can apply. Veed supports MOV, MP4, AVI and more formats yet its free plan only permits users to upload maximum 50 MB file size. For uploading large videos, one needs to upgrade to the Pro plan.

2. Substital:

Substital is a special extension for both Chrome and Firefox, which offers users a handy way to add subtitles or closed captions to videos online. Therefore, users can easily get the gist of different types of video content. Major platforms are supported and you're able to search for subtitles for displaying or load your own subtitle files.

3. Kapwing:

Instead of a subtitle merger, Kapwing works more like a subtitle maker that supports MP4, MOV, WebM, OGG and MPEG files, and allows you to create/write your own subtitle, fine-tune your subtitle file, for instance, change text position, background, size, adjust the timestamp of subtitles, etc. If you're interested in creating your own special videos with subtitles, you can give this tool a spin.

Quick Q&A

What is the best software to merge subtitles with video?

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is the best software to add subtitles to videos in a permanent way. Other tools like HandBrake, VLC, iMovie, or online subtitle and video mergers are also good options.

How to permanently merge subtitles with MKV?

Download WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and follow the instructions in Method 1.

In Summary

I have walked you through each method on how to merge subtitles with video permanently. Hope this post will help you in some ways. Now you can get started and integrate desired subtitles with your videos. BTW, the most recommended video subtitle merger is available for free download here.

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