How to Hardcode Subtitles to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc?

Nov 12, 2016, Posted by Shirley White

It is well known that subtitle is divided into two kinds: soft subtitle and hard subtitle. Soft subtitle is such a kind of subtitle which is an independent stream and can be turn off or on when you play videos if you want while hard subtitle are encoded directly into the video which means this kind of subtitle is inseparable and you have to see the subtitles during the watching.

Why hardcode soft subs? There are two major reasons. First, playing video with soft subtitles costs extra CPU power since the media player must extract, decode, and render the soft subtitle over the video image. And second, some players on mobile devices like iTunes for iOS doesn't support soft subs at all. To settle these issues once and for all, you'd better to hardcode subtitles.

This article will show you how to hardcode subtitles to MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, etc on Mac or Windows computer.

Soft Subtitle to Hard Subtitle Converter

In order to hardcode subtitles, a comprehensive and simple tool is necessary. A number of such software programs are available and of which, Faasoft Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac) is the perfect one for converting soft subtitles to hard subtitles.

  • Convert soft subtitles to hard subtitles as well as w/o change the video format.
  • Allow to hardcode subtitles to most video formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, MP4, FLV, etc.
  • Enable to hardcode subs in formats like ASS, SSA, SRT, IDX, SUB, etc to video files.
  • Convert videos up to 150+, like MOV, AVI, MP4, WMV, etc, as a versatile converter.
  • Add special effects to your videos, such as text, subtitles, watermarks and more with an inbuilt video editor.
  • Get online videos and then convert them to any format as you want.

How to Hardcode Subtitles to MKV, MP4, AVI, etc?

To begin with, get the trial version depending on your OS. For Windows users, download Faasoft Video Converter Windows version. For Mac users, download the Mac version for your iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. After the downloading, install it on your computer.

Step 1 Locate files
After run the program, click "Add File" button in the primary windows of it, open your local folder and choose the file with soft subtitles that you want to hardcode. Should you want to make things much easier, you can simply drag and drop files to the software. The file locates in the taskbar as soon as possible.

Step 2 Select the subtitle
Press "Video Subtitle" box's drop-down button shown as the picture and choose the sub you want to hardcode.

If necessary, click "Profile" drop-down button to select output format as desired. Besides, the program supports editing video in trimming, cropping, adding effects/watermark, etc. To do this, click "Trim" button on the top to open the edit window.

Step 3 Start to hardcode subs
When everything is OK, activate the program by hitting the big "Convert" button on the bottom. The converted file will be stored in the location that "Destination" shows after the files you've imported have been converted. The conversion process may take a while. Once done, the soft subtitle is hardcoded to MP4, AVI, MKV, etc effortlessly.