Since binge-watching hit movies, TV series and vlog clips is becoming a global activity, subtitle is quite essential to help the audiences coming from different nationalities understand and contextualize the video content.
Generally, users could add one or more subtitles into a video easily with famed freeware like VLC and HandBrake. But when it comes to the multiple subtitles, they usually have no idea on how to show some or all of these subtitles simultaneously. So this post will put focus on how to add two or more subtitles to a video, displaying them on the screen as you wish. Before getting it started, let's firstly take a look at two subtitle types.
1. Soft Subtitles
When soft coding a subtitle file into a video, the subtitle is called soft subtitle. As a standalone track, it can be turned on and off when playing with media players like VLC. If you soft code multiple subtitles into a video, you can only choose one piece to go with the image, and it's impossible to show them all simultaneously. The biggest advantages of soft coding subtitle are that: it makes no difference on the video quality after subtitling and takes less time than hard coding.
2. Hard Subtitles
Hard coding subtitles into a video is actually burning the text in video at a fixed position permanently. In this way, the video and subtitles are merged as a single track, so that you have to see the subtitles while watching. Therefore, if you want to display multiple subtitles at the same time when watching a video, you are bound to hard code them during subtitling process. Alternatively, you can merge them into a single one with certain subtitle merger and add it into the video afterwards.
The reason why video nerds add multiple subtitles into a video may vary from situations. Maybe you happen to be a language learner and love watching some foreign movies with dual subtitles appearing at the same time, just like the the cinema blockbusters do. Or maybe you are one of the "patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder", who are quite disconcerting to watch dubbed films or TVs with actor lips and audio track unmatched all the time, and prefer to play the original content with both native and translation subtitles. Moreover, with more and more non-English speakers are involved in the vlog game, publishing multilingual video is taken as an good way to appeal world-wide viewers and expand the video producer's influence.
Actually, we can add multiple subtitles into videos by ourselves, not only the digital film and television works, but also the camera shots created for sharing on YouTube, Instagram or other video blogs. Here we will walk you through on how to add multiple subtitles into a video with VideoProc in 4 steps. Please locate your video and subtitle files on the hard drive beforehand. It doesn't even matter if you want to add some movie or TV series subtitles but have no subtitle files, because VideoProc, preloaded with a subtitle downloader, makes is possible to search, download and add online subtitle sources to the video at one go.
VideoProc is one of the top-rated (4K) video processing software with video subtitling toolbox. With this software, you can input ASS/SSA/SRT subtitles in whatever language into any movie/TV episode video, DVD video, YouTube/online video, and homemade video taken by iPhone, GoPro and more. Now check the steps below.
Step One - Open VideoProc and Load Source Video
Launch VideoProc software on your Windows or macOS based computer. And then click the leftmost button (titled in "Video") to head to a bigger control. In this control, you can click "+ Video" button to open local video with VideoProc or drag and drop the source video into the interface directly.
Since VideoProc is an all-in-one video processing tool, you are free to input video taken by any camera in any format, because the software could transcode and resize the footage as you require.
Choose a proper target format according to your needs. But you should note that if you plan to add multiple subtitles to a video by soft coding, you can only choose MKV or MP4 to support this multi-track media file.
Then click "Subtitle" icon located in the video information bar to pop up a subtitle panel where you can input several subtitles together in clicks.
If you have prepared the right subtitles, click "Add Subtitle File..." to select and load the subtitle sources into VideoProc.
If you don't have any, you can click "Search Subtitle File..." to search and download movie or TV subtitles at any language and add them into software to standby.
Step Three - Set Subtitling Method as You Need
After the subtitles are fully imported, check all of the "Enabled" options and then define their properties flexibly.
As mentioned above, there are two subtitling methods, hard coding and soft coding. Here "Burn-In" surely refers to hard coding which creates hard subtitle and allows you to adjust subtitle position, font style, size and color, while "Softcode" creates soft subtitle that can be turned on and off during the playback.
Put it simply, if you need to show these set of subtitles by default at once, do choose "Burn-In" with each subtitles. If you plan to display any under your control, tick "Softcode" to make it a soft subs.
When you finish the subtitle settings, click "Done" to proceed.
Step Four - Output MP4 with Hard Subs
Returning to the main UI, hit "RUN" to start the work. Do remember to check whether the target format is OK. VideoProc defines MP4 H.264 (the most compatible one) as the one when you use VideoProc for the first time. If you have no willing to do any transcoding job, you must pick the same media format with same video/audio codecs from the output format list.
VideoProc, as a feature-laden video converter and editor, also empowers you to rip DVD with multiple subtitles, export subtitles from movie videos, transcode less-compatible video for playback on more devices, compress large (4K/HD) video to smaller size, and also edit your various video shots taken by iPhone, GoPro, DJI, Canon and similar cameras for sharing with friends. If you just take and modify your video for fun, without any commercial purpose, this powerful but inexpensive ($42.95 only for a lifetime license) software is your top choice.
A.J. McCann, started at Digiarty as a web editor and moved up to a tech writer later, focuses on giving all-around but lifestyle reviews & tips on hot gadgets, photography, multimedia post-production and related error solutions. Considering himself a master-of-none, he has a mania for daily reading covering a wide range of subjects. He also loves playing ball-games and practicing meditation in the leisure time.
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