How to use subtitles with VLC media player

How to use subtitles with VLC media player

Not sure how to add subtitles to videos you play in VLC media player? It’s simple once you know how! Here’s a step by step guide:

  1. Download a subtitle file for your movie – if your source was a DVD or Blu-ray, make sure to search for a subtitle file for that type to ensure good audio/subtitle syncing. Generally speaking, look for a subtitle with a file name that closely resembles the video file you want to play. The most common file type for subtitles is .srt (we will deal with creating subtitles another time). is a good resource for subtitle files
  2. Move the subtitle file into the same folder as your video file.
  3. Rename the subtitle file with exactly the same name as your video file, so you have two files like this: examplevideo.avi and
  4. Play your video in VLC. You should now see subtitles appear over your movie. If you don’t, double check the .srt file is correctly named, then close and restart VLC before playing again.

This process is the same on both Windows and Mac versions of VLC player.

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