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How to download subtitles for any Movies and Videos: A simple starter guide

1 October 2007 4 Comments

We often download videos (DVD-rips) from Torrents sites or a music video from Youtube. If they are from foreign langauges or if you want French / Spanish subtitles, here are the best solutions. This is a starter guide to get the subtitles for your favorite movies so you can watch movies or burn them later for use in DVD players. You can watch your downloaded movies with subititles regardless from where or when you downloaded them. Even better, you can burn a new DVD or video with added subtitles. Now, you can present Chinese films -with subtitles – as a present your grandma and granddad.

Step 1: Search and Download subtitles:
Visit any one of the sites and use your movie title (say, Harry Potter) as your keyword and execute search. Choose the appropriate movie, language for which you are seeking subtitles.

  1. www.mysubtitles.com – very nice
  2. www.opensubtitles.org – dependable, peer-reviewed
  3. www.subscene.com
  4. www.divxsubtitles.net – very comprehensive, loads of movies
  5. www.titulky.com
  6. www.subdb.net
  7. subtitles.shadowork.net
  8. www.subtitles.wz.cz
  9. www.subtitlesbox.com
  10. subtitles.images.o2.cz
  11. www.divxsubtitles.net
  12. www.divxmovies.com/subtitles
  13. subtitrari.softpedia.com
  14. www.napisy.org
  15. www.divxplanet.com

Download it and save it in the same folder where you have the movie files. Usually, the subtitle files are text files – but you may or may not be able to view them with a text editor.

Step 2: Use subtitles and enjoy the movie:
Now, if you a good video player such as VLC media player which is a free and open source media player, when you open a video file, you can also select the browse and select the downloaded subtitles file view the movie. If you can not do this, download VLC media player.


If you want to burn a DVD and permanently want to ‘etch your subtitles’ on your movie, then follow these steps.

Step 3: Use a Subtitling software to test drive your downlaoded subtitles:

You need to download a free software called “Subtitle Workshop” to check your subtitles and adjust the subtitles to start at the right moments. Follow this tutorial to correctly position the subtitles with the movie scenes. This should work for most of the cases, but if the subtitles are awfully placed at wrong intervals, search and download for another good quality subtitle file from another site.

An alternative way is to do a hard synchronization – simply follow this Guide for getting Subtitles synchrone to your movies tutorial.

Step 4: Burn the DVD/CD with subtitles:

Now, you need another set of freewares (I promise these are very useful, if you fall into a rhythm, you will master these) – downlaod VirtualDub or VobSub . Both will help to render the subtitles into the movie scenes and will give a single output file which is ready to be written into CD/DVD. In case, if you find any trouble, follow this tutorial on Burning text subtitles into a movie.

Step 5: Ripping subtitles from a Original DVD:
In case if you like to rip-off a subtitle file from an original DVD, first rip-off using a DVD ripper software such as DVDShrink or DVD Decryptor. Both softwares are thankfully free and they would rip the entire DVD on to your hard-disk (4GB space needed for a DVD)

For ripping subtitles, download Subrip and point to the HardDisk folder where your DVD-ripped movie files reside. Thats it, now you will have a subtitle file on your drive which you can read with a text editor.

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