How to Hardcode Subtitles using VLC and rendered MP4 files
VLC is one of my favorite video tools. It’s cross-platform, works with a multitude of file types and is loaded with options and features. One feature that is very useful is adding subtitles to your video project.
First off you need a finished video project sans subtitles. In my work environment, that usually means rendering video to MP4 for publication to Youtube using an NLE like Sony Vegas Pro . With rendered video in hand the only thing left is to create a subtitle file. For that I’ve had good results with subtitleeditor in Linux, but there are a lot of tools available. What I like about subtitleeditor is the ability to use a waveform for timings. Open the video, build an audio track, and start subtitling. Save the results as an SRT file and you’re ready to move to VLC.
In VLC, I first go to simple settings (VLC—Tools—Preferences) and find the Subtitles/OSDtab. I change the Force Subtitle Position field to -20 px which positions the subtitles a little lower on the bottom of the screen. You can experiment with this based on your video. After making the change, I save the settings
Next I switch to advanced settings (VLC—Tools—Preferences; find the radio box at bottom left and switch show settings to All). Select from the left:
Video, expand the Subtitles/OSD entry and choose Text renderer
I suggest the following changes but you can experiment to find an optimal look for your project: