While we are watching a movie, a series or some other video in VLC Media Player, we tend to turn subtitles on. Subtitles helps us greatly to understand some part of the story or even an entire movie if it is in some language that we do not understand. VLC allows us to open up external subtitles and use it for our current video.
Some movies come with embedded subtitle files while others require you to download subtitles from an external source. You might also be provided an external subtitle file with a movie but it might not be embedded within the movie. Subtitle files are generally in .srt format but there exists other formats. Like most video formats, most subtitle formats with different extensions are supported in VLC Media Player.
To Open Up an External Subtitle:
- Open up your video and make sure it begins playing.
- From VLC the menu bar, click on Subtitle > Add Subtitle File
- Browse to the location where you subtitle file is present and hit open
- Put your movie file and subtitle file in the same folder.
- Give both those files the same file name. Only the extension will be different.
- For example:
The Movie file => Movie.name.mp4
The Subtitle file => Movie.name.srt
For multiple subtitles for more than one languages use the format movie.name.lang.srt (example: movie.name.en.srt or movie.name.ru.srt)
- Open up the movie file and the subtitle will load automatically from the beginning.
To load subtitles in the VLC for Android app: Downloading Subtitles Automatically or Manually in VLC for Android
External Subtitle Formats Supported by VLC Media Player
VLC Media Media player supports tons of subtitle formats. The following list of external subtitle extensions (formats) is supported by VLC Media Player:
- *.aqt (AQTitle)
- *.cvd (Chaoji VCD)
- *.dks (DKS)
- *.jss (JACOSub)
- *.sub (MicroDVD/MPSub/SubViewer/VOBSub)
- *.ttxt (MPEG-4 Timed Text)
- *.mpl (ML2)
- *.txt (ML2/VPlayer)
- *.pjs (Phoenix Subtitle)
- *.psb (PowerDivX)
- *.rt (RealText/Smil)
- *.smi (SAMI)
- *.ssf (Structured Subtitle FOrmat)
- *.srt (SubRip)
- *.ssa (Sub Station Alpha)
- *.svcd (Super Video CD)
- *.usf (Universal Subtitle)
- *.idx (VOBSub)