Tutorial to Effectively Add Subtitles to MKV Using Best Subtitle Editors

Though MKV files are much larger and supported by fewer media players and mobile devices, it is commonly used in video industry, partly because MKV is the video container of various contents, like subtitles, video footages, audio tracks, metadata and more. And the subtitle is one of the main reasons the people use MKV. There are two kinds of subtitles for videos, hard subtitles and soft subtitles. The former is added on the video images and open to every audience and later is an independent tract and can be disabled. In this tutorial, we focus on how to add subtitles to MKV and let people understand the video content easily.

Add Subtitles to MKV

Part 1: Add subtitles to MKV with Video Converter Ultimate

No matter adding subtitles to MKV or editing the video contents, what people most worry about is the video quality. Fortunately, there are some professional video toolkits have the capacity of lossless processing MKV, such as AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate. Its key features include:

All in all, it is the most efficient option you can find to attach subtitles to MKV and other video files.

How to add subtitles to MKV with Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1: Preparations for attaching subtitles to MKV

Get the latest version of Video Converter Ultimate installed on your computer. Plus, you need to download the subtitles online according to your MKV files. Then launch the subtitle editing application from your desktop and you will be presented three ways to import the desired MKV files, Load Disc, Add File from your hard drives, or Download from YouTube and other websites.

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Step 2: Add subtitles to MKV simply

Head to the media library area, select a video file and click on the Plus icon next to the subtitle option. Then navigate to the location that save the subtitle file on popup dialog and open it. If you want to check the effect, press the Play icon on the media player on the right side of the window to preview it. Next, repeat the operation to add subtitles to other video files.

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Step 3: Convert and export the video files

Locate to the bottom of the interface, click and expand the Profile menu and pick up a proper video format, such as MKV, MP4, AVI, etc. To play the video on mobile device, choose your phone model, Video Converter Ultimate will pre-set the parameters automatically. Then drop a destination to save the output and click the Convert button. A few seconds later, you can enjoy your favorite movies or TV shows normally.

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Part 2: Insert MKV subtitles using MKVToolNix

If you are a high definition movie enthusiast, you may have heard of MKVToolNix, which is an important set of tools for processing MKV files on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Actually, it is quite advanced and integrates various features, which can make first-time users somewhat confused. If you have a MKV movie with a separate subtitle file, the steps below can help you to add subtitles to MKV quickly.

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Step 1: Firstly, you need to download the latest version of MKVToolNix from the official website and install it on your machine. There is a portable version for Windows PCs now.

Step 2: Run the application, go to the Input tab, and click on the Add button to activate the Open dialog. Navigate to the location stored the MKV file and the subtitle file, and then open them into the application.

Step 3: Select the subtitle track, go to the General track options sub-tab, you can select the language of the subtitles and set other custom options as you wish.

Tip: MKVToolNix supports the subtitle files in SRT, IDX and SUB. If your subtitles are saved in other formats, you have to convert it first.

Step 4: Then click on the Browse button in the Output filename area and select a specified folder to save the output. If you are ready, hit the Start muxing button at the bottom of the window. This will trigger the process of adding subtitles to MKV.

Step 5: A few minutes later, you will get a copy of the MKV video embedded the subtitles. Now, you’d better play the output in your media player, such as VLC and check whether the subtitle track is added successfully.

Note: Sometimes, you need to add multiple subtitle tracks to a single MKV movie. MKVToolNix could meet your demands, but only a few video players allow you to switch between subtitle tracks. VLC Player, for example, is able to set the subtitle track in Video-> Subtitles Track.

Conclusion

Today, videos have become a popular way to kill leisure time. But sometimes, it is hard to understand the videos without subtitles. And it is not convenient to use the separated subtitle files every time. The alternative solution is to add subtitles to MKV. In this tutorial, we have shared two best ways to attach the separated subtitle file to the MKV video, AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate and MKVToolNix. They have unique benefits and advantages. MKVToolNix, for example, is freeware and has the capacity to add multiple subtitle tracks to a single MKV. The downside is that the complicated workflow may get novice confused. AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate is a more flexible option to add subtitles to MKV. It is not only easy to use, but also provides more functions related to videos.

author Posted by Ted Klarso to Editor
September 18, 2018 09:00TwitterGoogle Plus

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