How to embed subtitles in a video on Windows 10

Subtitles can be distributed in a variety of ways; as stand-alone SRT files, information embedded in a media file, hardware subtitles, or subtitles added to an online player such as the YouTube player.

Most of these methods are limited in nature, with the exception of the SRT file method. When subtitles are embedded or hard code, they can only support a few languages. Rooted subtitles are more flexible but hard-coded ones can cover one language at best.

Insert subtitles in video

Embedding subtitles in a video is an easy way to distribute subtitles. You can submit subs for different languages, the subs can be turned on or off at the will of the viewer, and there is only one file to copy for the end user.

The easiest way to set up subtitles in a video is to use Handbrake.

  1. Download and install Handbrake (it’s free).
  2. Open handkerchief.
  3. Drag & drop the media / video file you want to add subtitles to the app.

  1. Go to Subtitles tab.
  2. Click ‘Insert subtitle’.
  3. Select the subtitles file (SRT file). Repeat for several subtitle files.
  4. Click on the Browse the button at the bottom.
  5. Choose a save location and enter a name for the output file.
  6. Click on the Start coding button at the top.

Playing rooted subtitles

Not all video players can display / play subtitles with video. The stock Movies & TV app on Windows 10 is a unique example of an app that can’t play rooted subtitles. Fortunately, there is still a VLC player that can play rooted subtitles and, if there are several rooted subtitles in a file, the app lets you choose which one to play.

  1. Open the video with subtitles rooted in VLC player.
  2. Right click inside the player.
  3. Choose Subtitle> Subtitle from the context table.
  4. Select the subtitles you want to play and they will appear on the video.

Other media players

Other media players that can be used to play video are rooted subtitles;

  • PotPlayer
  • KMPlayer
  • Plex Performer.

The method for enabling subtitles in the three apps above will be different but they can display subtitles from one of many installed files.


VLC player is not the only media player that can play video with rooted subtitles. You will find plenty of third-party video players to support it. The Movies & TV app, as well as the Windows Media Player, cannot display embedded subtitles. Handbrake generates a new file and adds subtitles. You can save the output file in MP4 format but the app also supports other formats like MKV.

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