VLC player is a great application to play all sorts of your media files.  But what if you want to watch a movie with subtitles, but the file you have acquired has none?  Don’t panic, you can add them yourself!  It really is simple, once you know how to do it.  Here’s a quick run down:

First of all you need to download a subtitle file for your movie. If your source was a DVD or Blu-ray file, please make sure to search for a subtitle file that matches that particular media type. This will ensure good audio/subtitle syncing. As a general rule of thumb, you should look for a subtitle with a file name, which closely resembles the video file you have.

The most common file type for subtitles is .srt .  There are lots of websites that provide .srt files for subtitles.  Why not check out AllSubs.org to get you started.

Once you have downloaded the file, now you want to move the subtitle file into the same folder as your video file.

Next, rename the subtitle file with exactly the same name as your video file, so you have two files such as; samplevideo.avi and samplevideo.srt.VLC

That’s it.  Now you can play your video in VLC Player and  you should see subtitles appear over your movie. If for any reason you don’t, then check the .srt file has been renamed correctly to match the video file. Now just close and restart VLC before playing the file again.

You will be happy to know that the process is the same using both the Windows and Mac version of VLC player.  You can download VLC Player from FileHippo.com today.

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