Add Soft or Hard Subtitles to Movie Videos with Handbrake

Ever wondered how to add subtitles to a movie file? This article how to add and attach soft or hard subtitle using Handbrake for watching movies with your preferred language.

Have you ever created your own movie with your recordings but found your clips are difficult to understand? One feasible solution is to add subtitle to movie files, in both hard and soft way. And this task can be easily done with freeware, Handbrake.

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Tips: Handbrake can only deal with DVDs without copy protection. If you want to rip protected DVDs, you can turn to Pavtube DVDAid.

Add Hard Subtitles to Movie Videos with Handbrake

First, locate the source DVD with Handbrake 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.

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How to Use Handbrake to Attach Soft Subtitle to Movie Videos

Download the subtitle of your preferred language from the Internet. For your reference, the efficient search string is “movie name + the language you want + subtitle”

P.S. As there are multiple incompatible subtitle file formats, make sure you download the right one with .srt format or you can convert whatever format to .srt.

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Import movie files by clicking Source tab. Add the name and save path of your destination file.

Click the Subtitles button, and then hit Import SRT to add the subtitle file you download. Repeating the process you can add more than one subtitles to the source video file.

If you would like to attach subtitles to a movie file as hard subtitles, you can check the Forced Only box.

Then click Preview tab to see if the subtitle sync with the video content.

Choose the output format in the right panel, and then hit the Start button to start attaching the subtitle to the movie file.

Tips: 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 cope with these multi-track videos.

Luckily, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac is the way to go. It can rip Blu-ray, DVD and convert among any HD MKV, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD and SD videos such as MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc for playback on iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 9, etc that Handbrake cannot handle. (Also read how to obtain forced subtitles only from a DVD/Blu-ray movie)

You may want to know:

Hard subtitles (also called hardsubs or open subtitles) are irreversibly merged in original video frames. They cannot be turned off and it isn’t editable.

Soft subtitles (also called softsubs or closed subtitles) are separate instructions and relatively easy to create and change. They are designed for a certain group of viewers, and can usually be turned on/off or selected by the viewer.

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