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How to add and sync subtitles in VLC?

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Good movies and TV shows come in various languages, and subtitles make it easy for the viewers to understand video content that’s not in their native language. Subtitles make your movie experience, let us say, a bit more fluid.

However, using subtitles and syncing them with the audio can get a bit tricky at times, especially when using VLC — latency is a huge issue.

How to add subtitles in VLC?

Usually, you can view subtitles at the bottom of the screen. VLC provides two ways through which you can add subtitles to the videos.

Download subtitle directly from VLC

To download subtitle directly from VLC, follow the steps given below.

  • Open VLC media player.
  • Go to View > VLsub.

  • Enter the title of the film or TV series that you want the subtitles for, and then click on Search by name. For example, I have entered Lord of the Rings.

  • Choose the correct subtitle from the loads of subtitles that will appear before you.
  • After that, click on the Download Section button.

  • Once you have clicked on the button, a download link will appear. Just click on the link to download the subtitle.

Also read: VLC 101: How to rotate, flip and transpose a video in VLC media player?

Add subtitle file manually

If you have already downloaded subtitles on your device, then you will have to add the subtitle file manually. To add the subtitle file manually, follow the steps given below.

  • Open VLC media player.
  • Go to Subtitles > Add subtitle file.
  • Now, go to the location where you have downloaded the file, click on it and then click Open. Alternatively, you can double click on the file and it will add automatically to the video.

Note: You can download the subtitle file in the movie folder itself. In this way, you can add the subtitle directly from the movie folder itself.

Now that the subtitle is added, it might happen that the dialogues that you see in the subtitle are not in sync with the dialogues that are being spoken, which ruins all the experience. If you are encountering this problem, don’t worry, we got you covered. Read more to find out how you can tackle the problem.

How to sync subtitles in VLC?

To sync the subtitles, follow the instructions given below.

Using shortcut keys

If you feel that the subtitle is lagging behind the sound, press h to sync it.

If you feel that the subtitle is ahead of the sound, press g to sync it.

Without using shortcut keys

If you want to sync the subtitles without using the shortcut keys, follow the steps given below.

  • Click on Tools.
  • Select Track Synchronisation from the drop-down menu.

  • Now, in the Subtitle track synchronisation, you can either delay the subtitle by pressing the down button, or you can hasten it by pressing the up button.

With this tutorial, you can easily add as well as sync subtitles to VLC and enhance your viewing experience! We will bring more such tutorials in the future.

Also read: VLC 101: How to cut a video and change language in VLC?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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