How to Download Video and Add Subtitles To Them
As entertainment crosses language barriers, more and more people have started watching foreign language films and TV shows, resulting in an ever increasing demand for quality subtitles.
Granted that subtitles may not be the most elegant solution to the problem, they are really helpful in cases where you arenâ€™t able to find a dubbed version of the video in question and, in my opinion, they also help preserve the immersion factor, something that is lost in dubs.
There are several other reasons because of which you might be looking for subtitles and in case you havenâ€™t figured out how to download and add subtitles to videos yet, weâ€™ve put together a simple tutorial which will guide you through all of the steps you need to follow:
How to Download Subtitles for Videos
To begin with, youâ€™ll need to know how to download, more importantly where to download, subtitles for videos. While itâ€™ll be quite easy for you to Google and find subtitles for whatever video you want to watch, thereâ€™s a significant chance that youâ€™ll land on a shady website plagued with ads and malware. In order to avoid that, you can head on to the following websites:
SubsceneÂ is my go to choice if Iâ€™m looking for subtitles for movies or TV shows and more often than not, itâ€™s the only website I have to visit to download subtitles. The subtitle selection is quite immense andÂ itâ€™s quite likely that youâ€™ll find subtitles for even the most obscure videos. On top of that, the website also has a vast selection of subtitles for music videos, which can really come in handy at times when you arenâ€™t able to figure out what a particular music artist (read Desiigner) is saying. Subscene alsoÂ covers a large number of languages, so no matter where youâ€™re from, thereâ€™s a high chance of you finding subtitles in your native language.
Available languages:Â Arabic, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Manipuri, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba
2. Open Subtitles
In case Iâ€™m not able to find the subtitle Iâ€™m looking for on Subscene, I head toÂ Open SubtitlesÂ which also has a vast collection of subtitles in multiple languages. When compared to Subscene, Open Subtitles has a more modern interface which is quite easy to navigate and the website even allows you toÂ search for subtitles by simply dragging and dropping the video fileÂ which you need a subtitle for. Unlike Subscene, however, Open Subtitles doesnâ€™t offer any subtitles for music videos and doesnâ€™t support as many languages as the former.
Available languages:Â English, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, French, Chinese (Simplified), Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, Turkish, Arabic, Galician, Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, German, Ukrainian, Persian, Danish, Finnish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Thai, Tagalog, Greek, Hungarian, Occitan, Indonesian, Uzbek, Catalan, Russian, Icelandic, Swedish, Abkhazian, Japanese, Croatian, Serbian, Malay, Estonian, Khmer, Georgian, Macedonian, Albanian, Slovenian, Chinese (Traditional), Sinhalese, Urdu, Basque, Bengali, Azerbaijani, Hindi, Esperanto, Breton, Asturian
If by chance you arenâ€™t able to find the subtitles youâ€™re looking for on either Subscene or Open Subtitles, then you can also check outÂ TV Subtitles,Â Movie Subtitles, andÂ SubsMax. However, I wouldnâ€™t recommend these websites over the former because theyâ€™re loaded with ads and misleading links which might redirect you to a malicious website if you arenâ€™t careful.
How to Download Subtitles from YouTube
A large number of videos on YouTube feature closed captions in a variety of different languages and if in case you ever needed toÂ download a YouTube video, you might also need to download the subtitles along with it. The process to download subtitles for YouTube videos is fairly simple when compared to the process of downloading subtitles for other videos and it just requires you toÂ paste the link of the YouTube videoÂ in question onÂ SaveSubs, click on the â€˜Extract & Downloadâ€™ button and youâ€™ll instantly get the option to download the available subtitles.
The websiteÂ also gives users the option to translate the subtitles before downloading them, which can really come in handy if the original subtitles file isnâ€™t in your native language. Whatâ€™s really great about SaveSubs is that it also works with videos uploaded on Facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo, which means that youâ€™ll be able to easily download subtitles for them by posting a link to the video.
How to Add Subtitles to Downloaded Videos
Now that youâ€™ve managed to download the subtitles you need, youâ€™ll probably be wondering how you can add the subtitles to the videos. There are several ways in which you can add a subtitle track to your video depending on the platform youâ€™re on and in order to simplify the process Iâ€™ve listed down a few ways in which you can add subtitles to videos on Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, using the mostÂ popular video playersÂ on each platform:
How to Add Subtitles on Windows
How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player on Windows
A vast majority of Windows users solely depend on the VLC media player to playback video on their devices, making it one of the most popular media players in the Windows ecosystem. If youâ€™re one of the several people who use the VLC media player and havenâ€™t managed to figure out how to add subtitles to a video, then you can follow these steps to add subtitles to your video file:
- Open the video file you want to play on VLC and click on theÂ â€˜Subtitleâ€™Â tab on the home screen
- Click on the â€˜Add Subtitle Fileâ€˜ option in the drop down menu, then navigate to the downloaded subtitle file and select it
If youâ€™ve got the proper subtitle file (.srt extension) for the video then you should now have working subtitles for your video. In case the subtitle file has multiple language tracks, you can alsoÂ switch between the available tracks by clicking on the â€˜Sub Trackâ€™ optionÂ in the drop down menu.
How to Add Subtitles on MPC-HC Media Player on Windows
- Open the video file you want to play on MPC-HC and then click on the â€˜Fileâ€™ tab on the home screen
- Select the â€˜Subtitlesâ€™ option in the drop down menu, then click on â€˜Load Subtitlesâ€™, navigate to the downloaded subtitle file and select it
Once again, if you have the correct subtitle file for the video, the subtitles will instantly start working as the video is played. In case you donâ€™t have the correct subtitle track, MPC-HCÂ also has an in-built option for you to download the subtitle trackÂ (shortcut key: D) from within the media player which can be found in the same drop down menu.
How to Add Subtitles on macOS
How to Download Subtitles in VLC Media Player on macOS
VLC Media Player has a handy option that lets you download subtitles for a video file directly instead of having to search for the subtitle file on the internet. Hereâ€™s how you can download subtitles in VLC Media Player in macOS:
- While the video file is playing, click onÂ â€˜VLCâ€™Â in the menu bar. Here, go toÂ Extensions,Â and click onÂ VLsub.
- VLC will automatically detect the name of the video file, but you can change it if you need to. Once youâ€™ve done that, click on â€˜Search by name.â€™
- Youâ€™ll be shown aÂ selection of subtitles for the video. Select the one you want and click on â€˜Download selection.â€™
- The subtitle will then be downloaded and automatically loaded for the video.
How to Manually Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player on macOS
In case you already have the subtitles downloaded for a video, you can add them to VLC manually as well. Hereâ€™s how:
- Open the video file you want to play on VLC and click on theÂ â€˜Subtitlesâ€™Â tab in the menu bar.
- SelectÂ â€˜Add Subtitle Fileâ€™Â from the drop down menu, then navigate to the downloaded subtitle file and select it.
By following these simple steps, youâ€™ll be able to add subtitles to videos on VLC. Just like VLC on Windows, youâ€™ll also be able to change the subtitle tracks in case the subtitle file has multiple tracks. Additionally, youâ€™llÂ also be able to adjust the text size, the text color, the outline thickness, the background opacity, and the background color.
How to Add Subtitles on MPV Media Player on macOS
Adding subtitle tracks to videos on MPV media player is a bit different than adding subtitles on VLC. In order to add subs on MPV media player,Â youâ€™ll need to ensure that your subtitle track has the same file name as the video fileand youâ€™ll need to place it in the same folder as the video file.
Once you do that, MPV media player will automatically pick up the subtitle track and play it along with the video. Interestingly, this method also works with VLC, but since MPV media playerÂ doesnâ€™t have any manual option to add a subtitle track, this is the only way in which you can add a subtitle track if youâ€™re using MPV. In case you have multiple subtitle files in the same folder, youâ€™ll be able to switch between the files from within the â€˜Subtitleâ€™ menu and youâ€™ll also be able to adjust the subtitle delay from the same menu.
How to Add Subtitles on Android
How to Download Subtitles in VLC Media Player on Android
The VLC Media Player supports downloading subtitles even on Android. Hereâ€™s how you can do it:
- When the video you want subtitles for is playing in VLC, simply tap on the little speech-box icon that appears in the bottom row. Here, tap on â€˜Download subtitles.â€˜
- VLC will then search for subtitles for the video and add them to the video automatically. Itâ€™s pretty straightforward.
How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player on Android
- Open the video you want to play on VLC and tap on the speech bubble icon next to the play button
- Choose â€˜Select subtitle fileâ€™ from the pop-up menu and select the subtitle file you want to load.
You should now have working subtitles for your video file.
Itâ€™s worth noting that after adding the subtitle trackÂ youâ€™ll also be able to adjust the subtitle delayÂ by tapping on the menu button (denoted by three horizontal dots) to the right of the play button and selecting the subtitle delay icon (highlighted in image) from the pop-up menu.
How to Download Subtitles in MX Player on Android
Another popular video player for Android, MX Player, also comes with the option to search for and download subtitles from directly within the app itself. Hereâ€™s how you can download subtitles in MX Player:
- Tap on the three dot menu icon on the top right and then tap onÂ â€˜Subtitle.â€™
- Here, tap on â€˜Online Subtitles.â€˜
- In the next menu, tap onÂ â€˜Search.â€™
- MX Player will search for subtitles with the default video name, but you can enter a custom search term as well. Once youâ€™ve done that, just tap onÂ â€˜Ok.â€™
MX Player will show up a bunch of subtitles for the video. You can simply select the one you want and tap on â€˜Downloadâ€™ to add it to the video. Easy right?
How to Add Subtitles on MX Player on Android
If you already have the subtitle file downloaded on your Android device, you can simply add it in MX Player as well.
- Open the video file you want to play onÂ MX PlayerÂ and tap on the menu button in the top right corner
- Select theÂ â€˜Subtitleâ€™Â option from the drop down menu, then tap onÂ â€˜Openâ€™Â in the following drop down menu to select a subtitle track youâ€™ve downloaded on your device
- You can also tap on the â€˜Online subtitlesâ€˜ option if you wish to download the corresponding subtitles
- SelectÂ â€˜Searchâ€™Â in theÂ â€˜Online subtitlesâ€™Â option to search for available subtitle tracks
No matter which option you choose to go with, you should now have working subtitles for your video files (provided theyâ€™re available online). Once the subtitles are up and running,Â MX PlayerÂ alsoÂ allows you to adjust the font, size, scale, color, etc.Â for the subtitles and customize them according to your preference from within the â€˜Settingsâ€™ option in the â€˜Subtitleâ€™ dropdown menu.
How to Add Subtitles on iOS
How to Add Subtitles on VLC Media Player on iOS
Adding subtitles to videos on iOS devices is a lot like adding subtitles to videos using MPV media player on macOS. In order to get a subtitle track to play along with your video, youâ€™llÂ need to change the file name of the subtitle file to that of the corresponding video fileÂ and transfer it to your device using your preferred transfer method.
In my case I used VLCâ€™s own WiFi sharing option to transfer both the video file and the subtitle track to the device and the video player managed to automatically pick up the subtitle track. VLC on iOSÂ doesnâ€™t include the option to download and add subtitle tracks separately, so you must ensure that both the files have the same name in order for the subtitle track to work. Once the subtitle track starts working, VLC on iOS gives you the option to select the font, change the relative font size, use bold font, change the font color, and even change the text encoding from within the settings menu.
How to Add Subtitles on KMPlayer on iOS
Subtitles on KMplayer for iOS work the same way as subtitles for VLC on iOS, requiring users to rename the subtitle track and transferring it to the device along with the video file. There isnâ€™t an option to manually download or choose a subtitle track, which is definitely an inconvenience. Also, unlike VLC, KMPlayerÂ doesnâ€™t include an in-built option to transfer video files which is an added hassle.
In order to get subtitles to work on KMPlayer, youâ€™ll have to ensure that the file names of the video and the subtitle track are exactly the same. The video player will be able to automatically pick up the subs if you rename the files accordingly. After youâ€™ve got the subtitles to work,Â youâ€™ll also be able to change the font, adjust the relative font size, change the font color, use bold font and change the text encodingÂ from within the settings menu on the app.
Download Subtitles and Enjoy Your Videos
Well that brings us to the end of this tutorial and I hope that you were able to download subtitles for videos and add them on your device.
In case you face any issues downloading or adding subtitles to your videos, do drop us a comment and weâ€™ll try to address the issue to the best of our capabilities.
If by chance you donâ€™t use any of the aforementioned video players and arenâ€™t able to figure out the process on the video player youâ€™re currently using, Iâ€™d strongly urge you to switch to one of the aforementioned media players (theyâ€™re actually pretty great!).
However, if you donâ€™t want to switch media players, drop a comment with the name of your preferred media player and Iâ€™d do my best to address any subtitle-related issue you might be facing.