HandBrake Tutorial: How to Add Soft or Hard Subtitles to Movie Videos with Handbrake

Way 1: Add Hard Subtitles to Movie Videos with Handbrake

As is mentioned above, adding hard subtitle with Handbrake ensures the subtitle is a permanent part of the movie and it cannot be switched into other language. Such method guarantees the synchrony of subtitle and movie even it is edited and is commonly used for DVD movies. One thing needs to be specified, Handbrake will be at loss when facing new movies on DVD with copy protections. So you shall first seek for third-party software, like VLC or DVD ripper, for help before using Handbrake to

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First, locate the source DVD with Handbrake

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that can read this file. Second, click the "Browse" button to choose the path where you want to save the output file in. Third, press the "Subtitles" button and select the preferred track from the drop down menu of Source. Tips: if there are more than one tracks, you are suggested to test the one you choose to ensure whether it is the right one you want.

Way 2: How to Use Handbrake to Attach Soft Subtitle to Movie Videos

In a general way, you can play the movie with a media player like VLC or Quicktime player and display subtitles upon putting the subtitle file in a way that both movie and subtitle file are saved in the same name. E.g. if your movie is Zootopia.avi, then your subtitle file will be named as Zootopia.srt. But this may pose a problem that the subtitle and the movie file will go out-of-step if the movie is edited.

As the latest Handbrake V1.0.7, the 64-bit build, features soft subtitle adding power, you can display subtitles is by making part of the movie video with option to turn on or off the subtitle.

Step 1: Search the Subtitles You Prefer

Just google to find and

download movie subtitles

from the web. Please note that subtitle files can be easily found on the internet but there is no 100% guarantee for the existence. Generally, the subtitle files are saved in.srt and.sub. But Handbrake only accepts SRT as the subtitle input. For an effective subtitle file searching, you can put "movie title "+" your preferred language "+"subtitle" as the search strings and select the subtitle file saved in .srt.

Step 2: Load Source Video

Just open Handbrake

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and Choose the source video or movie as you like.

Step 3: Insert Subtitles into Movie Using Handbrake

Hit the "Subtitle" tab on the main interface of Handbrake. Then press "Import SRT" button to embed .srt subtitle to the movie file. You can attach more than one subtitle to the movie with Handbrake. Then choose the output format you want from the side window and click "Start" to add srt to AVI or even a YouTube video. Then you won't worry about

how to add subtitles to a YouTube video

any more and can freely enjoy movies with subtitles in your favorite language.

Handbrake Problems and Troubleshootings during DVD Ripping:

Even though you can survive from the above troubles, there are some video files like MKV contain multi language tracks, some of which are inutile and even enlarge the output file size. So you'd better find a Handbrake alternative to

add srt to MKV

and cope with these multi-track videos. Luckily,

MacX Video Converter Pro

is the way to go, which can easily attach srt subtitle to MKV video or

add SRT to MP4 on Mac

. Supporting 370+ video and audio codecs, it can convert among any HD MKV, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD and SD videos such as MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc for compatible with iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/7/7 Plus/6s/6s+/6/SE/5S, iPad Pro, Galaxy S9, Huawei, HTC, Sony, PS4, etc that Handbrake cannot handle.

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