How to Embed Subtitles into MP4 Video Files on Your Desktop

Lisa Ou

Dec 25, 2019 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

If you prefer to watch movies or TV series in different languages, you are already familiar with subtitles. It is essentially captioned displaying on a movie, which translate the statements or conversations into a visual format. However, some videos do not have subtitles by default and are waiting for you to add some. This guide will show you the best ways to add subtitles to your MP4 videos on Windows and Mac OS X.

How to Embed Subtitles into MP4 Video Files on Your Desktop

1. Add Subtitle with FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate

There are countless tools that can help you add subtitles to MP4 on the market. So, which one you should choose? The answer is FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. It can meet all your needs for hardcoding subtitles.

  1. Embed and remove subtitles to MP4 videos in three steps.
  2. Keep the original video quality while edit subtitles.
  3. Export MP4 video files for playing on computer or mobile.
  4. Offer extensive video editing tools for polishing your MP4.
  5. Integrate a user-friendly interface so you can find what you want quickly.

In short, it is the easiest way to merge subtitles to your MP4 video files on your computer.

How to Add Subtitles to MP4 Videos

Import MP4 into the best subtitle editor

When you have some MP4 videos do not have the right subtitles, download and install Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. Then launch it and click the Add File menu to import all MP4 files that you want to edit.

video converter ultimate main interface

Add subtitles to MP4 video

After importing, check the videos in the library panel and you can preview it with the built-in media player on the right side. To add subtitles, click the Plus icon next to the Subtitle bar on the video. Then find the subtitle files on your hard drive and add it to your video.

Tip: If you want to edit the video, click the Edit menu on the top ribbon to open the video editor window.

media library

Export MP4 embedded subtitles

Go to the bottom of the interface, select a proper video format from the Profile drop. Or you can select the target device directly. Click the Browse button and set the destination folder to save your videos. Once you hit the Convert button, the videos embedded with subtitles will be saved.

output format

2. Add Subtitle with VLC

VLC is far more a simple media player working on almost all video formats. It also integrates a wide range of bonus functionalities including add subtitles to an MP4 video file.

Download the subtitle file based on your video. Open VLC, and drag and drop the MP4 that lacks the subtitle into the media player.

Unfold the Subtitle menu and select Add Subtitle File. On the open-file dialog, find the subtitle file and open it. Then the subtitle will be embedded into the MP4 file.

add subtitle vlc

Now, you can play the MP4 video and check the subtitle within VLC directly. If you want to switch subtitle, select Sub Track in the Subtitle menu and then pick up the desired one.

3. Add Subtitle with HandBrake

HandBrake is another open-source video converter application for Windows, Mac and Linux. It provides extensive custom options, such as change or add subtitle to an MP4 video.

Run your HandBrake and click the Open Source menu at the upper left corner and select Open File to add a MP4 video.

open source handbrake

Go to the Subtitles tab and click Import SRT to add the subtitle file. If you want to remove subtitles from MP4, click Remove.

add subtitle handbrake

Hit the Browse button under the Destination area and select a specific folder to save the output. Then choose the proper output format from the drop-down list next to Container.

Next, click the Start or Start Encode menu on the top menu bar to begin adding subtitle to MP4.

4. Add Subtitle with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is the pre-installed media player on Windows. It can add subtitles to MP4 without extra software. For Windows users, it is an easy way to display subtitle on MP4 video.

Add Subtitle wmp

Save both the MP4 video and the subtitle file in the same folder. Change the subtitle filename and make sure it is the same with the video file.

Play the MP4 video in WMP, click the Play menu, select Lyrics, captions, and subtitles and choose On if available. WMP will detect and add the subtitle.


This article tells you multiple ways to add subtitles to MP4 video files on Windows and Mac. You can pick up the most appropriate method based on your situation. FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate is the easiest option if you have a lot of MP4 files waiting for adding subtitles. Plus, it provides a wide variety of video editing tools. If you have other problems, please leave a message below.

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