People are consuming video content on a larger scale than ever before.
An increasing number of people also share their lives and memorable moments through videos. Without subtitles, it won’t always be an easy viewing experience for your audience.
Adding subtitles to videos gives more context to the video and also provides accessibility to those with hearing disabilities.
If you want to learn how to add subtitles to MP4 by yourself, this article will cover:
- How to add subtitles to mp4 using Media Players
- How to add subtitles to MP4 using Video Editing Tools
- How to add subtitles to MP4 using Online Software
How to Add Subtitles to MP4 Using Media Players
This section will show you a step-by-step guide to adding subtitles to MP4 videos using media players.
Method 1: Using VLC
This step-by-step guide works for both Windows and Mac. VLC media player only allows you to add subtitle files but not edit them because it is a media player. This means you must have your subtitle file ready to embed it.
Step 1: Open VLC. Head to the subtitle option in the top menu and click "add subtitle.”
Step 2: Upload the subtitle file from your computer.
Step 3: Your subtitle file is now added to your MP4 video. Enjoy!
Method 2: Using Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is not a video editing tool, so whatever subtitles you add cannot be edited or customized. Windows Media Player comes preinstalled on Windows computers.
Step 1: Open your MP4 Video file in the Windows media player.
Step 2: Click the subtitle button on the bottom right and add subtitles to your video.
Step 3: Your subtitles are now added to your MP4 video.
Best Software and Tools to Add Subtitles to MP4
If you want to have the flexibility of customization when you add subtitles to MP4 videos, you need to use video editing tools and not media players. We’ll talk about two video editing software you can use to add subtitles to MP4 videos and their features.
Using Movavi Video Converter
Movavi Video Converter is a good option if you want to use SRT subtitles. The software can also convert files into various formats, change video resolution, compress media, and more.
Step 1. Start by downloading Movavi. Download the installation file, open it, and just follow the instructions on the screen to install it.
Step 2. Next, upload your MP4 files by clicking Add Media and then Add Video. You can then select the right video.
Step 3. In the output information section, select No Subtitles. Click the Add Button and select your subtitles. If your video and SRT file have the same name and are in the same folder, the software will automatically suggest a subtitle track.
Click the Apply to All option if you want to add subtitles to all your chosen videos.
If you want the subtitles online, you can choose Search Online once you click Add. Click search in the dialogue box, and you’ll get a list matching your file’s metadata.
Step 4. Next, select MP4 in the Video tab. Check the resolution to see if you’re happy with the original size option- MP4 H.264. You can also select any other resolution that works better for you.
Step 5. Click the Save button to select where you want to save your video. By default, all videos are saved to the “Movavi Library” folder. Click Convert, and your SRT file will be added to the video. You can then transfer the video to your device or on a DVD.
Follow the same steps listed above to embed subtitles to videos in any format, such as MPEG, WMV, or MOV.
Using VideoProc Vlogger
VideoProc Vlogger allows you to add subtitles to MP4 on Windows and Mac computers in a free and simple way. Here are some features of this software:
- Supports adding subtitles to MP4 quickly. You can enter any subtitles or upload your subtitles files here.
- You can adjust the font, position, size, and color.
- You can split, trim, motion crop, record speed, add music, filter, or text to the video.
- Its GPU acceleration technology makes adding subtitles to MP4 and processing your videos super fast.
Method 1. Add SRT/ASS/LRC Subtitles to MP4
Step 1. Launch VideoProc Vlogger on your Mac or Windows. Upload your MP4 videos by clicking +Media Files. Next, drag the video to the track.
Step 2. Next, upload your LRC/ASS/SRT subtitles. Click +Add Subtitle, then drag it to the track.
Method 2. Add Text Subtitles to MP4
You can also use VideoProc Vlogger to enter your subtitles manually. You can use one of the built-in styles to see which one suits your video better.
Step 1. Launch the software and upload your video by clicking +Add. Drag it to the track.
Step 2. Choose a subtitle style under the Titles category and drag it to the Subtitle Track. Then, edit and adjust the text fonts, color, position, etc.
Top Online Services to Add Subtitles to MP4
If you don’t want to install any software but want to add subtitles to MP4 videos on your device, you can do it online. We’ll show you how to add subtitles to your MP4 videos easily with these two tools:
If your MP4 video is a short-form video, then the best tool to add subtitles in minutes is Submagic.
With Submagic, you don’t need to worry about downloading a subtitle file. Submagic is an auto subtitle generator that will translate the speech to text in two minutes with a high level of accuracy.
More importantly, you’ll be able to customize your subtitles to change fonts and add emojis, which have been found to increase video engagement.
Submagic also works on mobile, unlike other options, which means you can add subtitles to your video on iPhone and Android. It also gives you room to auto-generate your subtitles in 48+ languages.
Here’s how to add subtitles to MP4 with Submagic:
Step 1. Upload Your Video
Search for “Submagic.co” directly from your web browser. Record and prepare your video in vertical format (1080x1920) pixels.
Upload your video. Click or drag/drop to upload your video.
Name your project, and choose the language linked to your video's audio. Submagic supports over 48 languages!
Step 2. Generate Your Subtitles
Submagic generates your subtitle within minutes through its auto-subtitle generator. You can change the color, animation, emojis, timing when the text appears, and even fonts.🎨
Clideo is an all-in-one free video tool that allows people to edit or create videos directly online. It supports SRT files, or you can manually type the subtitles.
Here’s how to add subtitles to MP4 videos on Clideo:
Step 1. Visit the Clideo homepage via a browser.
Step 2. Find the “Add subtitles” button and click it. Then, hit the “+ Choose file” to attach your video file. Click the down arrow to upload the file from Dropbox or Google Drive.
Step 3. Choose how you want to add your subtitles.
- Click Add Subtitles, and type the text manually.
- If you already have it, click “Upload SRT” to upload your SRT file from your device or cloud drive.
- If you don’t have the SRT file and don’t want to type the subtitles manually, you can generate subtitles automatically. The tool will recognize the subtitles in your video automatically. You can download this generated SRT file by clicking the “Download SRT” button.
Step 4. Use the toolbar on the right to adjust the timings of the subtitle or font style.
Step 5. After all the editing, click “Export” to save your video to your computer or cloud drive.
How do I add subtitles to an MP4 file?
There are several ways to do this. You can use a subtitle generator or video editing software or permanently add them to an MP4 video through a media player.