When you are watching movies on DVD disc, you can always find the subtitles on the disc. However, when you are ripping them, things will get tougher. The good news is that you can easily add subtitles to ripped DVD movies with the assistance of some proper applications. The following article will show you how to add subtitles to ripped DVD movies with the free yet open source application – Handbrake.
Add internal subtitles to ripped DVD movies with Handbrake
In Handbrake, click the Track pop-up menu in the Subtitles tab and then choose Add External SRT. Select your file, and then click OK. You have three options. Enable Forced Only if your subtitles are for a film that has some sections in a language different from the audio track. For example, in a James Bond movie, when characters are speaking Russian, you’ll see subtitles (unless you’re listening to a Russian audio track). Enable Burned In if you want the subtitles to be permanently planted in the video; in this case, you can never turn them off. Finally, check Default if you want the subtitles to be turned on by default.
By default, Handbrake doesn’t include the subtitles when you rip DVD. But you can easy keep the subtitles on when you rip the DVD with Handbrake by following the steps below:
1. Put the DVD movie in your disc drive and wait for Handbrake to scan it.
2. Click over to the “Subtitle” tab.
3. You have two different options here. Select the language you want, and then the “Burned In” checkbox to lock the subtitles to the movie, or select Closed Captions from the drop-down list to get the subtitles in the original language of the film.
4. Click “Start” and you’ll rip the movie.
Add external subtitles to ripped DVD movies with Handbrake
Sometimes, if you buy foreign movies on DVD and you get them from the country where they’re produced, they may not have subtitles for English or for another language you speak. This doesn’t matter if you’re bi- or multi-lingual, but if not, you may really not known what the actors are saying. Then when you rip these DVDs, it would be essential for you to add external subtitles to DVDs.
Before adding external subtitles to DVD with Handbrake, available subtitles are pre-requisite. You can easily find kinds of subtitles by searching the related words on Google, such as “movie title” + “preferred language” + “subtitle”. Besides that, you can also get the proper subtitles from some subtitle download sites. Following are several famous and reliable subtitle websites for you to get the subtitles you want for your DVD movies.
After finding your preferred subtitle, open Handbrake. click the Track pop-up menu in the Subtitles tab and then choose Add External SRT. Select your file, and then click OK. You have three options. Enable Forced Only if your subtitles are for a film that has some sections in a language different from the audio track. For example, in a James Bond movie, when characters are speaking Russian, you’ll see subtitles (unless you’re listening to a Russian audio track). Enable Burned In if you want the subtitles to be permanently planted in the video; in this case, you can never turn them off. Finally, check Default if you want the subtitles to be turned on by default.
Handbrake best alternative to add subtitles to ripped DVD movies
Since Handbrake doesn’t defeat or circumvent copy protection, therefore, if you wish to add subtitles to ripped commercial DVD movies, Handbrake wouldn’t be the ideal solution. Fortunately, here comes Handbrake best alternative to rip DVD – Pavtube ByteCopy. The application can powerfully bypass all DVD copy protection in the background with its built-in decryption engine and also performs the DVD to digital format conversion or ripping process in the same interface.
As for the subtitle function, it not only allows you to rip DVD movies by extracting your desired internal subtitles from the DVD disc, but also lets you to add external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to DVD movies. What’s more, you can also choose to enable DVD forced subtitle option to disable the traditional subtitles while still preserving the subtitles that translate foreign language speaking parts periodically throughout the film to help you understand what they are saying.
For Mac users, you can switch to download Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac to perform the same conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.
Step by Step to Add Subtitles to Commercial DVD with Handbrake Best Alternative
Step 1: Load commercial DVD movies.
Download, install and run this DVD ripper. You can load DVD by clicking “File” > “Load from disc”. Or load DVD Folder by clicking “File” > “Load from folder” or load DVD IFO/ISO image by clicking “File” > “Load IFO/ISO”.
Select desired internal subtitles.
Check the DVD movie titles you want to rip. From the drop-down list of Subtitles, then all the subtitles info in the DVD will be shown clearly, so you can select your needed language as your subtitles freely.
Enable forces subtitles
Tick off “Forced subtitles” option, you will only see subtitles only when actors are speaking a language that are different from the subtitles that your specified before.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
From “Format” bar drop-down list, select one of your desired format to convert to.
Keep multiple subtitle languages: If you want to preserve all the subtitle languages in original Blu-ray movies, just choose to output “Multi-track Video” > “Lossless/Encoded Multi-track MKV (*.mkv)” format.
Step 3: Add external subtitles to DVD movies.
Open “Video Editor” window, switch to the “Subtitle” tab, check enable, then you will be able to load external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to DVD movies.
Step 4: Start the DVD subtitle ripping process.
After you have finished all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom “Convert” button to start to rip DVD movies with your desired internal or external subtitles.
When the conversion is completed, click “Open output folder”, a window will pop out with all your converted files. Then feel free to watch the ripped DVD movies with your favorite subtitle languages on media player, smartphone, tablet or TV.