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Top 3 Subtitle Downloaders for Windows and macOS [2020]

Subtitles make it easy to watch and understand movies that are not in your native language. The use of subtitles is growing rapidly nowadays because of the growing entertainment industry. People from the west (USA, UK) are now showing an interest in Japanese TV series dramas, Korean movies, and even Indian Bollywood movies. If you do watch them via an online video streaming service then you may find this content in your native language (dubbed). But if you do watch them offline, in their original version then subtitles are the only way so that you can understand the storyline. In this article you are going to learn to download subtitles for any movie of your choice.

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Part 1: Where can I get subtitles for Movies and TV series?

If you want subtitles for a movie of your choice then the best way is to get them from internet. Do remember that subtitles come as a file which have an extension (SRT, SSA, or ASS). But most commonly SRT is used as it is highly portable and supported by every media player that you have ever used in your life. Below here we are listing a few websites which easily let you download subtitle files.

1. Opensubtitles.org

This is an online database for movie subtitles and is preferred by many as it is available in different languages. It also includes an Advanced Search tool which lets you search deeply for subtitles if normal search fails.

2. Subscene

This website is good for downloading subtitles for movies as well as for TV series also. It works as a social file sharing platform where users from around the world share different subtitles for movies and TV series. You can also request several subtitles from other users and chances of getting them are quite high.

Part 2: Is there any other way to download subtitles?

If you don't want to use websites for downloading subtitles then don't worry as there exists a different way to get them. Websites that host subtitle files may also be hosting malware-infected scripts or viruses at the same time. So, it is better not to visit such websites as this may infect your PC. You can use a subtitle downloader software instead which is a safe option. Here we are listing some of the popular subtitle downloader software.

1. VLC Media Player

VLC is a free media player which is an open source software and remains in continuous development which adds features and improves its media playing capabilities overtime. Many people don't know that VLC has a built-in feature for downloading subtitles. All you have to do is to use the built-in VLSub tool for downloading subtitles. The tool's interface is very minimal and you just have to enter the movie's name to start a search. The tool can be found here VLC> View> VLSub. This media player is available to download for both Mac and Windows.

2. Subtitles Finder

This software is specific to Windows OS only. It also doesn't focus more on the user interface and features a minimal interface. Its Manual Search option is useful for searching and downloading a particular subtitle file for movies and TV series.

3. VideoProc

Well, VideoProc is an all-in-one audio-video processing software, video downloader, and a screen recorder. Does it fits well in this category of subtitle downloader software? Yes! As it can not only download subtitles but can also add them to your movies either temporarily or permanently. It is specially designed for movies and TV series subtitles. It supports all languages in which you want to download the subtitles.

Part 3: How to use these subtitles downloaders?

This is a quick tutorial which talks about the steps to use these subtitles downloaders. We will also list some of their pros and cons.

1. VLC Media Player

VLSub
VLC subtitle downloader - VLSub

It is a built-in tool in VLC which serves as a VLC extension for subtitle download. Here's a quick tutorial below to use it.

Step 1: Windows users – First open VLC player and go to View > VLSub. This will open a separate dialog box where you can begin searching for subtitles. For Mac users – Open VLC and click VLC at the top of the screen. Go to Extensions > VLSub then.

Step 2: Now enter the movie's name and begin searching for subtitles. Once you see the results, click the appropriate file to select and hit the Download button. This will return a download link, click this link and select Save As to save the file wherever you want.

Step 3: Now put this subtitle file in the movie folder. Remember to rename the subtitle file with movie's name. So both the files have a same name.

Step 4: Open the movie file and you will see the subtitles downloaded.

Pros

  • • VLC is a cross-platform application working well on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and more.
  • • Support video formats like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3, etc.
  • • Easy to use and no need to download a subtitle downloader if you use VLC player.

Cons

  • • It uses opensubtitles.org which may not show desired results always.
  • • Not a suitable option for TV serials.

2. Subtitles Finder

Subtitle Finder Windows
Subtitle Finder Windows

Step 1: Download this software from Microsoft Store and open it by clicking on Start button at the bottom-left corner and select Subtitles Finder from the results.

Step 2: Click Manual Search at the sidebar and fill the search criteria. You can also search for movies, TV episodes easily.

Step 3: When you see the results, click the correct subtitle file to download. You can also choose the save location before downloading.

Pros

  • • Very minimal UI with advanced search option.
  • • Works for movies and TV serials.
  • • Very safe to use as compared to websites.

Cons

  • • There are some advertisements on the application.
  • • Not available for Mac

3. VideoProc

VideoProc subtitle downloader
VideoProc subtitle downloader

Step 1: Download and install VideoProc on your PC (VideoProc for Windows ) or Mac (VideoProc for Mac )

Step 2: Open it and click the Video tab. Here click +Video and load a movie. Once the movie loads click the Subtitle option. This opens a new window and here click Search Subtitle File.

Step 3: Now here enter the search criteria like movie's name, and language. Then click the Search button.

Step 4: When you see the results select the right one and hit Download. The file gets downloaded to the current movie folder.

Closing words:

After reading this article we now hope that you won't face any problems related to subtitle download as you have learned the safe ways to do the same. We highly recommend that you prefer subtitle downloader software instead of websites as they may prove unsafe at any time. If you are also looking for a video processor with a built-in subtitle downloader then you should prefer VideoProc.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriel Coleman

Gabriel is a technical editor with several years of writing experience. Gabriel covers video processing, post-production, hardware, Windows, Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and all kinds of technology topics. He loves collecting cool gadgets and trying new things like virtual reality, drones, 8K TVs and the latest 4K games. He also has interests in reading, photography, climbing, scuba diving, and tennis.

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