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How to Remove Subtitles from a Video

Subtitles are basically the translation to a foreign language that is sued in videos, movies and other commentary that happens in films. These subtitles are shown at the bottom of the screen so that the user who doesn't understand the primary language can see the subtitles and comprehend what's happening. They are also very useful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Types of subtitle

There are typically two kinds of subtitles: Hardcoded subtitles and soft subtitles.

Hardcoded subtitles are the ones that are already embedded in the movies and the user cannot use tools to remove this option. These subtitles are irremovable and cannot be changed or removed altogether.

The soft subtitles are the ones where the subtitles are not embedded into the movie and are supposed to be added by the user. This can be done by overlaying the subtitles onto the video that is available. If you only downloaded the subtitles, then they would be considered raw. So, it basically means that hard coded subtitles are part of the video images and cannot be got rid of whereas, soft subtitles are primarily an independent stream and can be turned on or turned off as per the user's wish.

How to Remove Subtitles from Video

1. Check subtitle type

Initially you need to check if the subtitles are hard-coded or simply soft subtitles. This can be done using some software tools like IDealshare VideoGo, Faasoft Subtitle Remover and MKVExractGUI. The software has the option of adding files and all you need to do is choose from the list of AVI, MP4, VOB, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MKV files you have, and select the ones in which you want the subtitles removed. Using the subtitle setting drop down button, you get to know if the subtitles are hard coded or just soft. If it is soft, these software can remove the subtitles easily.

2. Remove hardcoded subtitles

If the subtitles are hardcoded, we all know that it's practically impossible to remove them. In this case, you need to use the cropping tool to crop the bottom half of the video that you consider. You can use Wondershare Filmora to crop the video clips into any aspect ratio you want. Just open the program, drag the video into the timeline, hit the Crop and Zoom button and adjust the crop frame to get rid of the subtitles.

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3. Save and Export

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Once you are done with cropping the video, that's not all. You have to now save and export the video into the desired format by clicking on the Create option that is already present in the software.

This is how you remove the hardcoded subtitles from any video, be it MKV, ALV, OGV, WMV, MP4, FLV etc.

Nov 02,2017 18:14 pm

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