If you want to get subtitles automatically for movies in VLC Media Player, then you can simply do it with the help of a VLC add-on called VLSub. It is the highest rated add-on for the player due to its usefulness. Once you download and install the simple plugin, it will automatically search for subtitles for the current movie that is being played. It displays a list of choices that it has found, and you can choose the correct one for your video.
What this VLC subtitle plugin does is that once installed, it adds a new menu as View > VLSub. Click on the new menu item, specify the search criteria—search by hash or search by name—and the results will show. It scours popular subtitle video hosting websites based on the search criteria. Pick the best matching result for your video and the subtitles will be loaded. You will need VLC 2.2.* for it to work.
Install the plugin, access it and search. It is as easy as that. No more manually downloading, browsing and loading subtitles for each and every movie that you play. Everything is handled by the software.
Here are the detailed steps for you to get subtitles automatically for movies in VLC Media Player:
- Download the plugin from here.
- Extract the contents of the zip file.
- From the extracts, browse and find the lua file; move it to your /lua/extensions/ folder.
The extensions folder for different OS are as follows:
- Windows: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\
- Linux: /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/
- MAC OS X: /Users/<your_name>/Library/Application Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/
- Restart or open VLC Media Player.
- Access View > VLsub.
- Click on Search by name after confirming the movie title. Change or input it if you have to.
- Highlight the correct subtitle and click on Download selection.
File will be downloaded and you will start to see the subtitle text on the screen immediately. If you need to change it then repeat the process. Access View > VLSub > Research after you have loaded something using the plugin. The menu link is for searching for a new file.
If you have problems in installing VLSub: Learn How to Install a VLC Media Player Addon .lua extension