How To Remove Subtitles From Movies


Movie Subtitles

OK, admit it. We all do it occasionally, that is, download movies. The most annoying thing sometimes is movies with subtitles. And worse still, English movies with English subtitles… I’m still trying to figure that one out. Maybe for deaf people?

The good news is that sometimes these can be removed. Sometimes the subtitles are hard-coded into the video and you cannot remove them short of converting the movie and cropping the bottom of the film.

MKVToolNix

One program I have tried for removing subtitles is called MKVToolNix GUI.

I got rid of some subtitles, but not the ones I wanted. The movie has Asian subtitles that seem to be hard-coded. It occasionally has English subtitles for a few English-speaking parts??

So, I downloaded MKVToolNix, installed it (no bundled software to worry about at the time of this writing). I clicked on Start > All Programs > MKVToolNix > MKVToolNix GUI

It’s pretty easy. Just drag-and-drop the movie to the Input Source Files box. On the bottom, under Tracks, chapters and tags, look for the option, SubRip/SRT and if it’s there, uncheck it.


main-interface(1)

Then further towards the bottom, click on the middle Start multiplexing button. To view your progress, click on the Job output button, down the left-hand side menu and that will switch to the progress window.

mkvtoolnix-progress-window

Because it doesn’t convert the file to a different format, it only took 3 minutes 20 seconds to finish the job. It removed the English subtitles, but not the Asian ones that seemed to be hard-coded in. The only way to work around this is to convert it using a program that allows you to crop the subtitles as I previously mentioned.

If you’re an expert video editor (I am not), you might be able to make those titles disappear another way.

Does Your Movie Have A Subtitle File?

So, how do you know if there is a subtitle file that can be removed in advance? Just right-click on your movie file and go to Properties, then click on the Details tab. Look for a section called Subtitles. If it’s not there, it’s probably hard-coded.

check-properties-for-subtitles

If you don’t want to fool around with trying to edit your movies, sometimes you can turn them off in your media player. In VLC, when a movie is playing, across the top menu click on Subtitle > Sub Track > Disable. Again, these options may be limited depending on whether the subtitles are hard-coded or not.


turn-of-subtitles-vlc

Adding Subtitles

One final note– if you decide you want to add subtitles, just search online for them. Usually you’re looking for a SRT file. Download and move it to the same folder as your movie. If you followed my last tip for disabling in VLC, just reverse it.

Sorry, since I don’t look for subtitles, I can’t recommend a reliable source. For a quick search online try YIFY Subtitles. Make sure your download is a SRT file, or if it’s ZIP or RAR, scan it with your antivirus first. If it’s an EXE file, ABORT! It’s probably Malware.

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Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990’s devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years’ experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

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