How to Create and Add Subtitles to MP4 Videos

This article gives you full guide on how to add subtitles to MP4 video. If you don’t know how to create subtitles ( *.srt, *.ass, *.ssa) , just get tips from this article.

I wanna watch some wonderful MP4 movies(in foreign language), but find there is no subtitles. It is quite annoying for I can’t understand it without the subtitles. Well, to watch a movie in a foreign language, subtitles could be the only way to help us enjoy better. Luckily, I’ve worked out an easy way how to add subtitles to mp4 videos. If you have one or more mp4 videos, and want to add SRT subtitles to mp4, just read on to find the way I share below.

Solution One: Attach Subtitles to MP4 with Handbrake

1. You need to find your language subtitle from website.

2. Attaching Subtitles to Movie by Handbrake

Using a common media player like Quicktime or VLC to play the movie, you can also display subtitles simply by putting the subtitle file in the same folder. The only requirement is that both the movie and the subtitle files should go under the same name but with different extensions. Something like “title.mp4” and “”.

3. Open Handbrake and choose the source.

4. Open the Subtitles tab and click “Add external SRT” button.

Now you have finished all steps of embedding subtitles to MP4 movies by released Handbrake. After this simple operation, you can play foreign movie videos with home language.

Important Note: Sometimes, when we tired to add an .srt subtitles to an .mp4 file that we have already converted in Handbrake, Handbrake immediately thinks it has already converted the movie and hence does not add subtitles.

Solution Two: Add (.SRT/.ASS/.SSA) Subtitles to MP4 files with Brorsoft Video Converter

Download and install Brorsoft Video Converter. Besides converting between various video or audio formats, this video converter app also can help you to add subtitle to videos. It supports attaching may kinds of subtitles to mp4 video like in .srt, .ass, .ssa. It also helps to set the subtitle size, subtitle style, etc according to your preference. Aside from adding sub to mp4, it also can add watermark/effect/audio track to mp4, trim mp4, crop mp4, merge mp4s and etc. Moreover, all the above functions also apply to other video formats like MKV, AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, 3GP, VOB, FLV. The following is a step by step guide on how to insert subtitle .srt to mp4 video file with the help of Brorsoft Video Converter. If you are on Mac, please get Video Converter for Mac.

How to add subtitles(SRT, ASS, SSA) to MP4 with ease

Note: Before loading source video, you need copy .srt file to mp4 video folder, rename .srt file according to the video name. And if you add more than one .srt files to the mp4 folder, you can rename the .srt file name like this: if source mp4 file name is “michael.mp4”, the .srt file names can be “michael001”, “michael002”, etc.

Step 1. Import mp4 video > Click “Add” button to import the mp4 video file which you want to add subtitle .srt or .ass/.saa to. Or simply drag and drop the mp4 video into the interface of program.

Step 2. Embed subtitles into mp4 video > Click on “Edit” button, the video editor will pop up. Tap “Subtitle” option and check the “Enable” icon. Then, by clicking on “Browse” to import your *.srt, *.ass, *.ssa subtitle file you’ve downloaded. After the subtitle is loaded, you can preview it.

Tip: You can change the subtitle size, style, font if necessary. When everything is done, simply click “OK” button. Plus, you can also add watermark, apply effects, and crop, trim your mp4 files in the above video editing window.

Step 3. Start adding subtitles to .mp4 > If you need convert the MP4 video files to other formats, you can select a format from the Output Format before the conversion. Or just keep MP4 format. Then click Convert and the rest will be finished automatically.

After the conversion, the subtitles file will be embedded into the output mp4 video. Now you can play your mp4 files with subtitles anywhere.

Tip 1: What are the subtitle files(.srt, .ass and .ssa)?

SRT- This files is commonly known as SubRip. It is a software program for windows which extracts (rips) subtitles from MP4 videos and includes the time of each subtitle followed by the text of its subtitle. It is used by several video playback programs. It supports DivX, DVD and other video formats. It does not contain any video data.

SSA- Substation Alpha Subtitle file was developed by a developer named Kotus. It is a saved text format which can also be viewed in a text editor.

ASS- Aegisub Advanced Substation Alpha file (.ass) is a subtitle file created by Aegisub which is a cross-platform video typesetting application. It stores the subtitle by using the Advanced Substation Alpha syntax which is mainly used for storing edited movie subtitles of MP4 videos.

Tip 2: How to create SRT, SSA, and ASS files?

SRT file format is a commonly used subtitle format as it supports wide range of media players. It does not contain any video format as it is a text file for displaying the subtitle while streaming any video. Creating a srt file is simple and you don’t have to download any software for this purpose. You could simply use a notepad or text editor for this purpose. If you want to include any subtitle like .srt, .ssa or .ass just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Open the Notepad > Click “Start” > Go to “All Programs” > Accessories > Notepad
Step 2: For creating an .srt file divide each subtitle phrase separately into sections by numbering them. Just type “1” and then click “Enter” to create the subtitle phrase.
Step 3: To display the subtitle phrase enter the Time span. If you want the subtitle phrase to be displayed from the third minute of the video then type “00:03:00 –> 00:04:00” and then click “Enter”.
Step 4: Now create the first subtitle phrase by typing the subtitle phrase and click “Enter”.
Step 5: these steps in the same way by typing “2” for second subtitle, “3” for third subtitle and so on to create the subtitle phrase. Separate the subtitle phrase into numbered sections like this.
Step 6: After creating the entire subtitle phrase save the file in SRT format. Click “Start” > “Save”. Then go to “Save as type” > select “All Files” from the drop down menu.
Step 7: Then type a file name in the “File name” field and type “.srt” > Click “Save”.

4 thoughts on “How to Create and Add Subtitles to MP4 Videos

  1. Link to your post from a forum. I tried your way: Handbrake and Brorsoft. I finally chose Brorsoft as Handbrake always makes the export video out of audio sync.

  2. Handbrake is good, but I perfer to Brorsoft video converter. Simple interface and fas encoding speed.

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