[Full] How to Add Subtitles to a Movie Permanently in 2020

Q: "How do I add subtitles to a movie?" - From Quora

The post above is a hot topic. Some research reports point out, movies with subtitles can bring higher engagement than videos without subtitles. Nowadays, so many people take watching movies as an entertaining way. In general, a movie without subtitles makes us mad, we need to pay attention to what the characters say. If this movie is in a foreign language, that is worse. In that case, some may be confused: How can I add subtitles to a movie file? Therefore, to satisfy some movie fans' needs, we introduce several tools to install subtitles to a downloaded movie.

Part 1. Add Subtitles to a Movie by Joyoshare Video Joiner

Joyoshare Video Joiner is a professional video editing tool to add subtitles to a movie. It is compatible with multiple subtitles, like SRT, ASS, SUB, SUP, and so on. If your movie is in the MP4 format, that means you add subtitles to MP4 videos. Apart from MP4 you can add subtitles to various videos, like AVI, MKV, etc.

Except for being a subtitle joiner, Joyoshare is also a great video editor. Under the help of it, you can cut needless parts of your movie, like the opening and the ending. It is a lossless operation. And you can rotate and crop videos, add some video and audio effects, insert background music, etc.

Why Joyoshare is the best subtitle merger:

Add subtitles to a movie without hassle

With an intuitive interface

Support many kinds of input and output formats

Provide a powerful video editor

  • Steps to merge subtitles and movie files:

    Step 1Add a movie file to Joyoshare

    Joyoshare Video Joiner has two versions: Windows and Mac. You should download and install Joyoshare in a suitable version. After that, launch it. To import a movie video, you can click the Open File button to select one movie or drag and drop it to the screen.
    add movie video to the program
  • Step 2Pick the output format

    Click the Format button on the right bottom to open the format opting tool. Here you can see two merging modes: High-Speed mode and Encoding mode. The first allows you to trim and merge videos or audios in a lossless way. But we wonder put subtitles into a movie (by its inbuilt editor), so we need to choose the second mode. Encoding mode provides more options about the file format, movie quality, codec, etc.

    choose merging mode and output format
  • Step 3Trim the unwanted parts of the movie

    After choosing the output format as you like, click the OK button to return to the main interface. Then you can move the yellow sliders in the timeline to cut some unpleasant parts, like ads.

    cut movie
  • Step 4Start to add subtitles to a downloaded movie

    Click the Edit button on the left screen. You will open Joyoshare's inbuilt video editor, you can also remove unnecessary sections by clicking the Trim button. Before merging subtitles and movies, you can adjust the rotation of the movie, crop the area. add a watermark or a song as background music. After that, click the Subtitle button. You can inspect the Track, where you may find its inbuilt subtitle. Or you can click the File button to import your subtitles. Then you can customize the subtitles' position, transparency and scale.

    add subtitles to movie
  • Step 5Export movie inserted subtitles

    After adding subtitles to the movie, click the Apply to all button and the OK button to come back to the main screen. You should touch the Convert button next to the Format to export your movie with subtitles.

    export movie with subtitles

Part 2. Embed Subtitles to a Movie File with VLC

VLC is a media player that we use a lot. But just some people know that VLC can add subtitles to a movie. Apart from that, VLC also can record desktop screen, convert videos to other formats, rotate and crop videos, trim and merge media files, even extract audio from video.

add subtitles by vlc

Steps to add subtitles to movie:

Step 1: Click Media > Open File on the menu to import a movie and play it;

Step 2: Add subtitles to a movie;

Way 1: Click the Subtitles > Add Subtitle File on the toolbar

Way 2: Click Media > Convert/Save > File > Add (import the movie again) > Check Use a subtitle file > Click Browse to import a subtitle file

Step 3: Click the Convert/Save button to export a movie combined with subtitles.

Part 3. Add Subtitles to a Streaming Movie via Kapwing

Different from the two subtitle joiners above, Kapwing is an online video editing tool to embed subtitles to a movie. If you upload a move with over 250MB, you need to upgrade to apply some Kapwing features. Most of Kapwing's functions are free, but it will automatically insert the company logo unless you sign in (pay for it).

add subtitles by kapwing

Steps to combine subtitles and movie:

Step 1: Click the Upload button to upload a movie;

Step 2: Click the Add subtitles to open the local folder to insert subtitles to the movie;

Step 3: If necessary, you can adjust the subtitles' position and text font;

Step 4: Click the red CREATE button on the left bottom to process the content;

Step 5: Download the movie with subtitles.

Further Reading: Top 2 Websites to Download Movie Subtitles

Are you fond of Game of Thrones? Then you can use Subtitle Seeker to download their subtitles. This website only provides English subtitles and just supports the favorite subtitle format -.SRT file. When downloading the subtitles, you may be mad that the commercials always pop up.

subtitle seeker

This website is more powerful than the previous one because it offers a great variety of subtitles in different languages. YIFY has a user-friendly interface, which lists 3 boards: RECENTLY ADDED MOVIES, LATEST MOVIES, POPULAR. You can fast get the latest movies' subtitles, which are uploaded by users.

yify subtitles


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