How to Burn a DVD With SRT Subtitles

By Joel Douglas

Updated February 09, 2017

Add subtitles to a DVD with video-conversion software.
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Subtitle files contain dialogue and commentary from movies and television shows in text format. Common subtitle formats include SRT, SUB and IDX files. You can use them with compressed video formats such as AVI, DivX and XviD to display subtitles on your computer while watching a movie or TV show. Video-conversion software also lets you add subtitles when converting a compressed video file to DVD. Watch your favorite videos on your television with foreign language subtitles or directory’s commentary to enhance your viewing experience.

Download AVS Video Converter (see Resources). Run the program. Select the “Formats” tab and choose “To DVD.” Click the “Browse” button and locate the video file you want to convert. Click the “Advanced” button to open the “Conversion Options” menu. The video and subtitle files must share the same director in order for Video Converter to detect the subtitles. Choose the subtitle file from the “Subpicture” drop-down menu. Click “Save Current Setup as Profile.” Press the “Convert Now!” button. Burn the DVD files created by AVS Video Converter using a DVD-burning program such as BurnAware Free, ImgBurn or Nero Multimedia Suite. AVS offers a trial version of Video Converter.

Install VSO ConvertXtoDVD (see Resources). Start the program. Click “File” and then “Add Video File.” Select the video you want to convert to DVD. Press the “+” in the project window next to the video. Right-click on “Subtitles” and select “Add Subtitle.” Locate the subtitle file associated with the video. Right-click on the subtitle file in the project window and select “Set as Default Subtitle” to automatically display subtitles when the DVD plays. Click “Convert” to burn the video and subtitles to DVD. VSO Software distributes a demonstration version of ConvertXtoDVD.

Use Wondershare Video to DVD Burner (see Resources). Open the program. Click “Load Video” and select the video you want to convert to DVD. Drag and drop the video file into the “Storyboard” window at the bottom of the program. Click the “Edit Selected Video File” tab and choose “Plug-in Subtitles.” Locate the subtitle file associated with the video. Click the “Burn” tab and customize the output settings. Choose “DVD” and “Burn.” Wondershare offers a free trial of Video to DVD Burner.


Do not use video-conversion software to distribute copyrighted material.