Best Methods to Extract Subtitles from MKV Videos without Quality Loss

MKV is an open standard multimedia container format, which contains a variety of video and audio codecs, chapters, metadata, as well as multilingual subtitles and other data. In another word, you are allowed to extract subtitles from MKV, add new subtitles, or edit the subtitles. However, you may discover that you cannot export the subtitles from a MKV video separately without professional programs. In this post, we are going to focus on the best way to edit and extract subtitles from MKV. Spending a few minutes to read the article below, you can learn the knowledge you need to know related to MKV subtitles.

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Part 1: Check the subtitle types for MKV files

First of all, there are two kinds of subtitles on MKV videos, called hardsubs and softsubs. The former, also known as open subtitle or hard subtitle, is a part of the video images, and you cannot disable or hide it when playing the MKV file; while the latter, standing for closed subtitle or soft subtitle, is an independent stream, and you can turn it off when playing the video.

So, the first thing you need to do before extracting subtitles from MKV is to check whether the MKV file contains subtitles and whether it is softsubs, because only the soft subtitle is editable.

The method is very simple: play the MKV video in your media player and try to disable the subtitle. If it can be turned off, you can skip to the next part and edit your subtitles simply.

Part 2: Extract subtitles from MKV with MKVExtract

As mentioned, you will need a professional tool to extract subtitles from MKV. MKVToolnix is a toolkit to create and edit MKV files on Linux, Windows and Mac OS. It contains a variety of tools and most of them are command line utilities. The GUI utility is the MKVExtractGUI, which is able to extracting subtitles from your MKV files.

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Step 1: Download the package of MKVToolnix and MKVExtractGUI online, unzip the archive and put the MKVExtractGUI.exe file into the MKVToolnix folder.

Step 2: Double-click on the exe file to run MKVExtractGUI, hit the button with three-dot icon under the Input File section and import the MKV file. Then all contents in the MKV file will show up in the Tracks area.

Step 3: Make sure to check the subtitle track and uncheck other tracks. Select a proper destination to save the subtitle file in the Output Dir section.

Tip: Sometimes, a MKV file may contain multiple subtitles. You can select all of them or specified one to extract.

Step 4: Click on the Extract button on the bottom of the window to start extracting subtitles from MKV. When prompted Extracted, it means the extraction is done.

Note: MKVExtractGUI will save the Subtitle file in ASS, SRT or SUB depending on the original format of the subtitles in your MKV file.

Part 3: Extract subtitles from MKV with Video Converter Ultimate

After extract subtitles from MKV, you may want to add new subtitle on the MKV or use the subtitle to other video files. From this point, we recommend AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate. Its attractive features include:

In short, Video Converter Ultimate is an all-in-one solution to add new subtitles and convert the video format after extracted subtitles from MKV.

How to add subtitles to MKV and convert it to other format

Step 1: Import the MKV files into Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate includes two versions, one for Windows 10/8/7 PCs and the other for Mac OS. Download the right one and install it on your machine. After extracted subtitles from MKV, launch the program and drag and drop the MKV files into the main interface. Then all videos will appear in the library area. Or you can rip the MKV files from DVDs or download online videos for adding subtitles.

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Step 2: Add new subtitles to the video files

Next, locate to a MKV file in the library area that you want to add subtitles to, press the Plus icon next to the subtitle menu beneath the video file. Then find and open the subtitle file. Locate to the right side of the window, and hit the Play icon on the built-in media player to check if the subtitle is added correctly. Do the same to other MKV files in the library area and add new subtitles to all MKV files as you wish.

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Note: If you want to edit the video, such as rotate the images, add watermark, crop videos or trim video footages, go to the Video Editor window by pressing the Edit menu on the top ribbon.

Step 3: Convert the MKV videos to other format

MKV videos are much larger than compressed video formats, such as MP4. Plus, most mobile devices cannot play MKV natively. To convert MKV to other video format, move to the bottom area, unfold the Profile dropdown list and select a proper video format or the target device. Then click the Browse button and drop a specified folder to save the results. If you want to set other custom options, hit the Settings button to open the Profile Settings dialog.

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Conclusion

Based on the tutorial above, you might grasp how to extract subtitles from MKV videos and edit the subtitles further. Videos are a good way to kill time on the road to work and home. And it cannot be denied that great subtitles will make the videos more attractive. First of all, MKVExtractGUI is an open-source tool to extract subtitles from MKV files. When it comes to add new subtitles or convert the MKV files to more user-friendly video formats, we suggest you to try AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate. Anyway, we hope that our suggestions and guides are helpful to you.

author Posted by Ted Klarso to Editor
September 10, 2018 15:00TwitterGoogle Plus

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