Merge your subtitles with movie file VLC Media Player vs MKVMerge Software

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Many people love to watch movies, and subtitles may be needed for you to able to understand, especially if the sound and video quality are bad, or if your hearing is not great. When you turn on subtitles in the movies that you watch, it can help you to understand the whole movie story. If you want or need subtitles on the movies you watch, you can merge the subtitle file to your MKV file so that the subtitles will always be available to you. You will need an MKV file of your movie for this merging process will work. But don't worry if your movie file is not MKV because you can convert it to an MKV file.

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We've included an additional method using VLC Media Player, which is also free, and will work with multiple video formats, not just MKV. Remember that you need to have your subtitle file (SRT file) in the same location as your video file, and they both have to have identical filenames.

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Method 1: VLC Media Player

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    Launch VLC Media Player.
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    From the top menu, click "Media", followed by "Stream".
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  3. 3
    On the Open media window, click "Add".
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  4. 4
    Browse to and open a video file.
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    Notice the .srt file in our example has the same filename and it's in the same location.
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    Once your video file is open, click "Stream".
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    In the Stream Output window, click "Next".
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    Next on the Destination Setup window, click "Browse".
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    Now you can browse to a location to save your new video file (with hardcoded subtitles).
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    Once you've picked an output location, click "Save".
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    Next on the Destination Setup window, confirm that the location is correct, then click "Next".
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    Here on the Transcoding Options window, make sure "Activate Transcoding" is checked, then click "Edit selected profiles".
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    On the Profile window, click the "Subtitles" tab.
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    Here on the Subtitles tab, ensure both "Subtitles" and "Overlay subtitles on the video" are checked
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    Also, from the drop-down, select T.140 as the codec, then click "Save".
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    On the Transcoding options window, be sure "Activate Transcoding" is still checked, then click "Next".
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    On the Option Setup window, we need to delete the following text from the Generated stream output string
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    "scodec=t14," without the quotes.
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    Once you've removed the text, click "Stream".
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    VLC will now begin to hard code your subtitles into your video file
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    You will see the video's timer counting, but the screen will remain blank.
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    When VLC completes merging your subtitles, you will see your new video file in the location you chose earlier.
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    To make sure your subtitles are hardcoded, open the video file in VLC
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    You should see your subtitles displayed along with the dialogue.
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    To verify that the subtitles are hardcoded, right-click and select "Subtitles". If there is no option to turn them off, you've successfully merged your subtitle file with your video.
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Method 2: MKVMerge Software

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    MKVMerge Software
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    This software is free, and you can get it at
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    Video Converter Software
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    There is a paid version available, but the free version is good enough. Get it at http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/.
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    Your Movie and Subtitle File
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    Just search the subtitle file on Google.(Note: The subtitle should match the charset so that it will able to synchronize the voice and the text subtitle.
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  • Instructions

    1. 1
      Convert Your Movie to MKV File
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      If you already have the MKV movie file, that's good! Then skip this. If you have an FLV, MP4, AVI, or MPEG4 movie file, then you must convert it to an MKV file, using the software mentioned in the requirements section above.
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    2. 2
      Merging Your MKV and Subtitle File
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      This is the process of mixing or merging the two files. Remember to add the two files individually and click the "Start Mixing" button below it. The process will take a couple of minutes.
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    Other way around

    Requirements

    1. 1
      Download the AVC converter
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    2. 2
      Download the subtitle you want to attach
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      Download subtitle.JPG
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    How it is done

    1. 1
      Click the "Add video(s) button
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      Click to add video.JPG
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    2. 2
      Choose the desired video.
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    3. 3
      Click the "No subtitle" button
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      Click to add subtitle.JPG
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    4. 4
      Choose the subtitle
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      Choose sub.JPG
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    5. 5
      Click the "Convert Now" button
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    Questions and Answers

    How can I find the AVC converter program?

    I need the link to download a trusted AVC program. Thanks in advance!

    Here is the link to download AVC: AVC Ultimate.

    Once you evaluate the program, you will need to purchase it for $49.95 on PC or $54.95 on Mac. It is available on the Any Video Converter Web page. Click "Buy Now" to purchase the fully functional version.

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    I cannot merge subtitle using vlc player with the method you shown?

    I have followed all the steps mentioned by you but in the last step it is taking forever to stream.. kindly guide.. thanks.. After the last step of stream there is nothing displayed on the screen and subs are not addded.. I have tried: I have tried all the steps as provided in method 1. I think it was caused by: I don't know?? if I know what has caused the problem why would I ask you??

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    I have created the subtitle file but can't figure our how to merge with VLC Video?

    I have created the subtitle file but can't figure our how to merge with VLC Video. Need help. I can't figure out how to add the subtitle file. I have created the srt file in the same video file name yet facing problem

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