Add Subtitles to MP4 Video

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You can easily find subtitles in your DVD or Blu-ray movies, however, you are not that luck to get your desired subtitles in a MP4 movies, video or TV programs downloaded from online sites. To get better understanding of the movies or TV programs that you are enjoying, it would be much ideal to add external subtitles to video manually. The following article will share you 3 different ways to add subtitle to MP4 video.

Method 1: Add subtitles to MP4 video with Pavtube Video Converter
Method 2: Add subtitles to video with TEncoder
Method 3: Insert subtitle to MP4 video in VLC

Method 1: Add subtitles to MP4 video with Pavtube Video Converter

If you wish to watch the subtitle video on any devices such as computer, portable devices, TVs, DVD player or Blu-ray player, etc as you like, it would be much ideal for you to choose this solution. Pavtube Video Converter offers a pretty simple way for you to batch insert subtitles to multiple MP4 video at one time. The program has full support for all MP4 video with various different compression codec such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, WMV/VC-1, etc and file resolution including 4K/2K/HD/SD. The whole subtitle embedding process can be easily finished in 4 steps: Load MP4 video into the program, choose output file format, add downloaded SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle to video, hit convert button, then you can get a output video with your desired subtitle.

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Step by Step to Embed SRT/ASS/SSA Subtitle to MP4 Video

Step 1: Import MP4 video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source MP4 video files into the program.

Import source MP4 video

Tips: If you want to batch load multiple files, make sure to store all your files in the same folder, then click “File” > “Add from folder” or press the “Add from Folder” button on the top tool bar to batch importing them into the program.

Step 2: Choose output file format.

If you don’t want to lose any quality, just choose to output the same MP4 file format as the original MP4 file and keep all other profile parameters unchanged.

Output the original file format

Step 3: Add external subtitles to MP4 video.

Select an item on the main interface to activate the “Video Editor” function, in the opened video editor window, click the “Subtitle” tab and then check the “Enable” box, click the “Browser” icon to import and add online downloaded SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to MP4 video.

Insert external subtitle to video

Step 4: Start the subtitle adding process.

Go back to the main UI and click “Convert” to start inserting SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to your MP4 videos with no quality loss. Then you can conveniently watch the subtitle embedded MP4 video on any devices at any time as you like.

Method 2: Add subtitles to video with TEncoder

There are a large variety of video conversion and encoding programs available online, and most can hardcode subtitles without too much difficulty. One of the most powerful and popular solutions is to use TEncoder, which is an open-source video encoder available for free download. Following are the detailed steps to insert subtitle to TEncoder.

Step 1: Place the MP4 video file and subtitle file in the same folder.

Make sure that the subtitle file has the exact same name as the video file. For example, if the video file is called “MyMovie.mp4”, the subtitle file should be called “MyMovie” plus the extension, which may be .srt, .ssa, or some other subtitle format. Both of these files should be in the same location on your computer.

Step 2: Open the video file in TEncoder.

Click the Add File button at the top of the TEncoder window to select the MP4 file that you want to add subtitles to.

Step 3:Select your video conversion options.

Below the file list, you will find several conversions options that need to be set before you can continue. Most of these options can be left to their default settings. You can change each of the options to suit the needs of your project, but to simply add subtitles to your video, nothing needs to be changed.

If you want to change the format of the converted file, choose a new format from the Video Codec list. If you want to keep it the same format, select Copy from them list.

If you want to lower the quality of the video to speed up the encoding process, choose a lower Video Bitrate. Setting this lower than the default can result in a noticeable reduction in quality.

Step 4: Enable the subtitles.

In the Other Options section, check the box labeled “Enabled subtitles”. Your subtitle file must be in the same folder as the video, and must have the same filename, otherwise the subtitles won’t load.

Step 5: Start encoding.

Once you have your options all configured, click the Encode button to start the process. This can take a significant amount of time if you have a slow computer, so start the encoding when you know you won’t need to use your computer for a few hours.

Longer videos and higher quality processing will take much longer than lower quality settings.

Tips: TEncoder may lacks the ability to handle certain MP4 file types such as H.265 MP4. If you even fail to load the MP4 video into the program, it would be much ideal for you to choose the first method.

Method 3: Insert subtitle to MP4 video in VLC

If you plan to play the MP4 video with VLC media player, you can directly load subtitles via the VLC media player while playing the MP4 video. Here are the simple step by step guide:

Step 1: Play your MP4 video file with VLC.
Step 2: Press “Subtitle” on the menu bar and choose “Add Subtitle File”.
Step 3: Load subtitle file you’ve downloaded.

Tips: If you want to watch the video with subtitles on more devices such as smartphone, tablets, game consoles, TVs, etc not only on your computer, method 1 is absolutely your best choice.

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