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How to Attach Soft or Hard Subtitles to Movies with Handbrake

by Edwin Liu | April 16, 2013 17:31 PM
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As freeware, Handbrake is really a versatile tool. It can convert DVD and video to various formats, and it also supports video filtering like, decombing, scaling, cropping, etc. As a result, it has got many people’s compliments. Here you will be impressed by another amazing feature of it: add hard or soft subtitles to movies.

Tips: Handbrake can only deal with DVDs without copy protection. If you want to rip encrypted DVDs, you can turn to Aimersoft DVD Ripper..

Suppose you have several beloved foreign movie files, but it doesn’t have the subtitle of your language and you completely can’t get what they are saying. What will you do? Don’t be upset. Handbrake will easily solve your problem by adding subtitles of your native language to these movie files.

Following the tutorial below to embed soft or hard subtitles with Handbrake:

  1. 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.
  2. Import movie files by clicking Source tab. Add the name and save path of your destination file.
  3. 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.

  4. If you would like to attach subtitles to a movie file as hard subtitles, you can check the Forced Only box.
  5. Then click Preview tab to see if the subtitle sync with the video content.
  6. Choose the output format in the right panel, and then hit the Start button to start attaching the subtitle to the movie file.

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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