How to download subtitles in VLC

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How to download movie subtitles in vlc

Since a few versions of VLC, there is now a built in option that will search for subtitles of current media file online, download the one selected, and play it with the movie, with only a few clicks.

This is achieved by the VLC VLsub extension, which was previously an external plugin, but is now directly integrated in VLC media player.

How to download subtitles for movies

Starting with a movie being played in VLC player, for which no subtitle is available, as per the empty menu subtitle. To add a subtitle to the movie, one solution would be to look for it on internet, download it, and add it to the file currently being played.

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How to download subtitles in VLC : Movie played in VLC without subtitles
Movie played in VLC without subtitles

A now much easier solution, is to open the menu View > VLsub, which will allow VLC auto download subtitles from internet, provided that a proper working internet connection is available.

How to download subtitles in VLC : VLC VLsub extension access in View menu
VLC VLsub extension access in View menu

TV series subtitles download

There, select the language you want, which should be set by default to the language of the VLC installation, and enter the title in any case, but also the season and episode if you are looking for TV series subtitles.

This is how to change subtitle language in VLC, by changing the options in this menu.

How to download subtitles in VLC : VLC VLSuB extension subtitles app windows
VLC VLSuB extension subtitles app windows

How to use vlsub

Once the options have been selected, do a search either by hash or by name, let VLC search for subtitles and see the results appearing ! Select the one you are interested in, most likely the one with a name as close as possible to your file to avoid subtitle sync issues, and click on Download selection.

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Online subtitles download

Check in the movie currently being played if synchronization is correct. If it is not the case, or if subtitles are plain wrong, try to download another file.

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All subtitles downloaded will be available in the Subtitle > Sub Track menu of VLC interface.

How to download subtitles in VLC : Movie played with subtitles downloaded in VLC player
Movie played with subtitles downloaded in VLC player

If planning to move the movie file, make sure the subtitle file is moved at the same time, or VLC will not be able to find it if it not stored in the same directory with the same name.

How to download subtitles in VLC : Movie and its subitle in the same folder
Movie and its subitle in the same folder
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How to sync subtitles in VLC

If you need to synchronize subtitles, because they either started too early, or too late, or at some point in the movie got desynchronized, how to synchronize subtitles in VLC is pretty easy. While playing a movie with subtitles, press the keyboard key H to increase the subtitle delay by 50ms, or press the key G to lower the subtitle delay by 50ms.

How to change subtitle language in vlc media player

With this trick, you can for example choose english subtitles download, find VLC russian subtitles, find arabic subtitles for movies, have a french subtitles download, see movies with portuguese subtitles, have a spanish subtitles download, find hindi movie subtitles, get telugu movie subtitles, add korean subtitles in VLC, download in VLC chinese subtitles, download swedish subtitles for movies, put in VLC hebrew subtitles, add in VLC greek subs, and many more languages !

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