How to add subtitles to a video

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Add subtitles to a video free & fast with Freemake. No manual work, just get the SRT file & embed it into the movie automatically! Watch subtitled films in a foreign language or with poor sound. Create the videos with subtitles for any device (a computer, iPhone, Android, iPad, etc.) or upload to social media.

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Get the job done in these easy steps:
1. Download and install free software for adding subtitles
2. Add a video that you want to subtitle
3. Get & add a subtitle file to your video
4. Choose the output format
5. Add subtitles to your video

Learn how to add subtitles to a video:

1

Download and install
Freemake subtitle adder

Download free software for adding subtitles. By default, you get the lightweight online installer which loads all the necessary components during the installation.

Run the file on your desktop computer or laptop. The supported OS's are Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista.

Freemake freeware doesn’t contain any ads or third-party offers so you can safely install it on your system. Accept Freemake EULA and click the "Next" button all the time till the installation process finishes.

In case you are a proficient user, you can choose another location for the tool and select a custom installation to add the program to a context menu or make it the default utility for your media data.
2

Add a video that you want to merge with subtitles

Launch the program. Press the "+Video" button to add your movie. The software accepts over 500 video formats: MP4, AVI, MOV, MPG, WMV, 3GP, FLV, SWF, MTS, etc. Just keep in mind that your video file should not be protected. If your film is in a foreign language, you can integrate English subtitles into it to enjoy the movie with the original sound.

You can import several videos at once (for example, TV series) and subtitle them one by one.

Pay attention to the signs next to your movie thumbnail. Find the "No subtitles" button that goes right after the audio settings.
3

Add subtitle file to your video

Please note that Freemake freeware doesn’t contain any subtitle files within itself. It’s up to you to find them online (e.g., visit the website opensubtitles.org). Alternatively, you may create a corresponding text file with a special subtitles editor or even Notepad.

Freemake supports such formats of subtitles as SRT, ASS, SSA. Press the "Add subtitles" button, browse, and choose the subtitle file that you want to put into your video.

Click on the scissors button to run Freemake video editor. Here you can preview the video with the embedded subtitles. Use the timeline to check if the subtitles sync with the movie.

Please note that the resulted video will be with hardsubs. It means the text will be permanently presented on the video so you won’t be able to switch the subs on/off.

Click "OK" to close the editor.
4

Choose the output video format

Now you need to choose an output format for your video.

It can be:
  • MP4, a universal extension for portable gadgets & streaming, Facebook or YouTube upload,
  • AVI, a format for a big TV screen and home media systems,
  • 3GP for old smartphones.

You can also convert videos right for your device by clicking the respective button: Apple, Sony, Nokia, etc. and selecting your phone or tablet from the list.

In case you want to write a DVD with your new subtitled video, look for the instructions here.
5

Add subtitles to your video permanently

Set a location for your output media. By default, it will be saved to "My videos" folder. In case you don’t have enough of disc space, limit the file size of your clip. Just click on the weight sign button and set the necessary output size.

When everything is ready, click the "Convert" button to run the embedding process and attach subtitles to your movie.

After the process finishes, you may upload the video file to your device, share on social media, & start watching the subtitled movie immediately.