How to Add Subtitles to Your iTunes Movies and Videos

Posted July 17, 2009 at 6:44pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 234068 views
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These are instructions on how to add subtitles to your movies and videos so they can be watched using iTunes and the Apple TV.

To follow these steps you will need a program called Submerge which can be downloaded from here. There may be other programs which offer similar functionality but we have found Submerge to work quite well.

Step One
Install then launch Submerge from your Applications folder.

Step Two
Select Open from the File menu.

Step Three
Select the video file you would like to add subtitles to then click the Open button.

Step Four
Click the Choose button in the toolbar.

Step Five
Select the .srt subtitle file for your video then click the Open button.

Step Six
Submerge will render the subtitles onto your video.

Step Seven
You can now skip through the video or movie and make sure the subtitles are correct.

Step Eight
Use the Settings button on the toolbar to open the Settings drawer.

From here you can customize how your subtitles look. You can set the font, attributes, relative size, alignment, text/plate, and time offset.

Step Nine
Once done customizing the look of your subtitles click the Render button on the toolbar to commit the changes.

Step Ten
In order to view subtitles in iTunes we must hard code the subtitles into the movie or video. Select Save As from the File menu.

Step Eleven
Enter a name for the new subtitled file then click the Save button.

Step Twelve
Submerge will now create a new file with the subtitles hard coded into it. This does not require recoding of the video so it is very fast. It shouldn't take more then a minute or so for a full length movie.

You can then drag the movie or video into iTunes to import it as you normally would.

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ulissesdetroia - February 3, 2015 at 9:56pm
Existem dois programas indispensáveis para este tipo de operação e muito mais no Mac: Subtitles theEditor e Subler. Com estes dois programas simples, a sincronia e adicionar legendas, deixou de ser problema. VC-Portugal
winiehappy - July 29, 2014 at 6:01am
I use iDealshare VideoGo to add subtitles to MP4, it also helps to add subtitles to other video like AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, VOB and etc. Step by step guide at It has both Mac version and Windows version. It even has the feature of extract subtitles from video or removing subtitles from video
Lee - November 28, 2011 at 1:48pm
Email note from the developer: This tutorial is wrong ;-) When you flatten the movie the subtitles doesn't "burn" into the video track. A flattened movie will only play in QuickTime Player as the subtitle track is separate from the video track. You need to Export the movie to hard-code (i.e. "burn") the subtitles using any of the other presets.
hypergaby - July 18, 2009 at 9:11am
I recommend using a program called iSubtitle from the same company that makes Submerge, because it lets you \"soft encode\" any number of subtitles in different languages and then turn them on or off and switch between them in iTunes, on Apple TV and on the iPhone.
Carlos - July 19, 2009 at 1:06pm
iSubtitle kicks ass... But if you want to add subtitles to a DRM protected movie (like the ones sold on itunes) you will also need requiem 1.8.9 any other version will not work. Requiem will create a DRM free copy of a movie and then you can add the subtitles with isubtitle
q - July 19, 2009 at 6:55pm
thanx for the info!!!!
PiratX - July 17, 2009 at 7:02pm
Try mux much more fast and easy ;)
Alain - July 29, 2009 at 6:49am
Need a link ! and/or Editor, imho
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