Video and subtitles, all in one file?
August 4, 2010 6:13 AM   Subscribe

I have a video file (.avi) and a subtitle file (.srt). What is the simplest way to merge these two files into one single video file with built-in subtitles?

I have a cheapo DVD player with a USB port that allows me to plug in a USB stick and watch video files directly from that. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to do subtitles at all.

Most of the googling I have done seems to be concerned with burning divx discs to watch on a DVD player. This is not what I want.

I'm using Windows 7.
posted by afx237vi to Technology (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

If you don't want to bother with the confusing SRT to SSA converter, VobSub contains a VirtualDub plugin (TextSub) that will automagically burn SRT captions into your video with no conversion necessary.

If you go this route, be sure to do a custom install of VobSub, as the VirtualDub plugins are not installed by default.
posted by schmod at 6:33 AM on August 4, 2010

VLC will do this, but I doubt it's the simplest way (here are some instructions aimed at people using VLC to convert video for iPod, but the principles are the same).
posted by box at 6:49 AM on August 4, 2010

Relevant Google term: hardsubs
posted by rhizome at 11:23 AM on August 4, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks everyone. It was a lot more confusing and time consuming than I bargained for, but I got it done eventually.
posted by afx237vi at 1:25 PM on August 4, 2010

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