How to Permanently Add Subtitles File to A Video File

Written by Pramodh KP

July 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

Posted in Tools & Tutorials

There are two ways of adding subtitles to a movie or any video, for that matter. First method, is to manually add an external file usually by “drag and drop” method. Or, the second method is to permanently add subtitles to the video, once and for all.

The first method, I said above is called Soft Encoding, and the second is called Hard Encoding. It is quite a lengthy job to add subtitles into a video everytime you want to watch a movie. So, it’s always better to have videos with subtitles hard-coded.

AutoGK is a tool that helps you to hard-code subtitles easily. It is a small size freeware, with a simple interface. Apart from hard-coding the subtitles it has many other features, but I will be concentrating only on the subtitles part in this post. Here is the tutorial:

  1. Download AutoGK.
  2. Install it on your computer. While installing AutoGK, it asks you to install some other tools like VirtualDubMod, Xvid Codec etc. Install all of them.
  3. Run AutoGK. add permanent subtitles
  4. Select Input file and Output location.
  5. Press Ctrl F8. You will get an option to add external subtitle. Select the external subtitle. It supports most of the formats like .sub, .srt, .ssa etc.
  6. If you want to see a preview, click on the “Preview” button. Otherwise, click on “Add Job”.
  7. Click “Start” to start the process. Many other tools will run in the background. Do not close them. add subtitles permanently 2
  8. You can check the status of the process, in the log window.

That’s it! You can now play the video and see that the subtitles are hard-coded and you don’t have to select it manually. Do you know any other tool to hard-code subtitles? Then, please share here in the comments section.

P.S. It takes long time to hard-code subtitles. So, be patient while it is being done.

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  • Kotresh

    Nice post..
    but practically its lengthy job to hard-code than just doing ‘drag and drop’

  • http://www.techmonk.com/ Pramodh KP

    Yup, it is. But if you have a good CPU, which is made for Video Transcoding or similar work that requires high capacity, then it would be faster.

  • Ojas

    in the hard coded file, the audio and video dont go side by side

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