Add Subtitle track to VLC on Mac & Windows
You may have a movie video file without any subtitle, and the audio of the movie is in Japanese, Korean, or other languages that you do not understand.
The solution is to find the subtitle file that is associated with the movie, and play the video with subtitle.
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Search Subtitle Track on Google
Usually you can do a Google search for the subtitle track that is associated with the movie, and download the subtitle track.
Google with keyword in the formats below:
Subtitles File Format
The subtitles file usually has file extension such as the filenames below:
What about the file format? We will use the file with *.srt extension as an example.
What Is SRT File?
A SRT file (*.srt extension) is a SubRip file that contains the text of what is being said (i.e. subtitles) in a video, with the timing for the words and the order in which the subtitles appear.
In the *.srt subtitle file, below represents a single line of subtitle text:
Line 1: Subtitle Block Number
The first line contains a single number (i.e. 6) which represent the subtitle block number.
The number is the order of the subtitle block. A subtitle track file in SRT format starts with block 1.
Line 2: Subtitle Block Start Time and End Time
The second line specifies the two times: The start time of this subtitle block, and the end time.
The start time is the exact moment when the subtitle text appears on the screen, and the end time is the exact moment when the subtitle text disappears from the screen.
The first 2 digits represent the hours, the next 2 digits represent the minutes, and the third 3 digits represent the seconds, and the last 3 digits are for milli-seconds.
In this example, the subtitle block is 3 seconds in length.
Line 3: The Subtitle Text
The third line contains the exact words in the subtitles.
Download & Install VLC Media Player
You need a video media player to play the movie with the subtitle track. In this example, we will use the VLC player.
The VLC player is available for both Apple Mac and Windows computers. The VLC media player software that is developed through the VideoLAN project.
We will show the process first with VLC for Mac, and then with VLC for Windows.
You will have to download and install the app/software VLC player on Mac or Windows.
Download VLC player for Mac from:
or, download VLC player for Windows from:
Add Subtitle Track to VLC Mac
Before playing the movie (video file) with subtitles, you will have to first add the following items to your VLC player:
- Video File
- Subtitle track
Open the VLC player.
Click the Open media button, and the Open Source popup window will appear.
Click the Browse button to add your video (movie) file.
Click the Choose button to add the subtitle track that is associated with the video.
After clicking the Choose button, a popup window will appear.
You can check (or enable) the Override parameters checkbox, and enter the number of seconds and/or milli-seconds in the Delay box. The Delay value is useful, when your subtitle track’s subtitles do not already align with the video’s timeline.
Click OK to close this popup window, and go back to the Open Source window.
Click Open, and the video will start playing. The subtitles will appear while the video is playing.
Add Subtitle Track to VLC Windows
In your Windows computer, open the VLC media player.
Click the Menu button (at the top).
Select Open Multiple Files… from the dropdown menu.
The Open Media popup window will open.
Click +Add button to add your video file.
Click the Use a subtitle file checkbox.
Click the Browse button to add the subtitle track.
Click the Play button, and the movie will start playing with the subtitles appearing in the video.
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