In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can merge an avi file and an srt file. Most of the time, you won’t need to merge the two files in order to get a video with subtitles on it. Because when the filename of the srt and avi are the same. Then the video player will automatically load up the subtitles while you play the video. Considering that the subtitle options are activated.
But what if you have a soft-coded or soft-sub video? Soft-sub means that the subtitles in the video are not totally embedded in the file. It means that if you convert the video file from its original format to the other. Then the subtitles will disappear.
First , you have to download all the requirements. I’ve already provided the links above.
Second, install the files that you have downloaded.
Here’s a set of screenshot for the installation of mkvtoolnix:
Click next again.
Here’s what you will see after the installation. Just click next.
Now, go to the installation folder:
And paste the executable file of the mkv extract that you also downloaded.
The folder should contain these files:
And here’s how to install AVIrecomp.
Click on next.
Check the box. Then click on next.
Make sure that all the boxes are checked. Then click next.
Leave it to defaults. Click install.
Remember that this is a compound installer. And it calls on multiple installations. This time it will install avisynth. Just click on agree.
Type of installation is standard. Click next.
Here comes the next one.
And the installer for vobsub:
Third, we will need to extract the subtitle files from the video file. I’m assuming that the video file you have is in mkv format. So if you have another type of file then this tutorial is not for you.
Open the MKVextractGUI.exe. And click on the button which I highlighted
Select the mkv file and click on open.
Check the track with subtitles on it. Then click on the extract button.
An ass file will be added to the folder where your mkv file is. And by the way ass means advanced substation alpha.
Converting mkv to avi
Fourth, we need to convert the mkv file into avi. Because the software that were going to use for merging the subtitles with the video file can only read .avi
For this, you can make use of freemake. As the name implies it’s a free video converter which supports all video files that you could think of.
You can use the original mkv file for this. Just drag the mkv file on its interface. Then click on avi.
Just leave it to the defaults for now. And just click convert.
For the last part. Open up AVIrecomp. Click on the source and output tab. Click the open avi button.
And select the avi file which you got from the freemake conversion earlier.
Click on the save avi button. Don’t change the default filename. And just click on save.
The first tab will now look like this:
Now, click on the additions tab. On the subtitles panel. Check the box which says enable/disable. Then click on the load subtitles button.
Select the ass file. And click on open.
Lastly, click on the queue tab. Click on add to queue. Then click on start, if you don’t have other files to tinker with. If you have other files then repeat the process again. Then click on start after all the files has been added into the queue.