How to Edit a Video to Remove Subtitles?

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How to Edit a Video to Remove Subtitles?
Removing subtitles from a video is fairly simple, as long as you have the raw file. (digital video camera image by Jeff Dalton from

In order to easily remove the subtitles from a video, you must have the raw, uncompressed or "non-hardcoded" version of the video. This means the video must exist as a file that has not been "mixed down" in your video editing program, so that all the individual pieces of the video can be removed or edited. These are typically found as "projects" in iMovie, Movie Maker or other video editing programs.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Video editing software
  • Uncompressed video project

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  1. 1

    Open iMovie, Movie Maker or other software where the video was created.

  2. 2

    Open your video file by choosing "Open" from the File menu and choosing the appropriate project.

  3. 3

    Look at the timeline of the video when the file opens. Each transition, subtitle and effect that was added to the video should appear above the video clips in the timeline. If you're not sure how to locate the subtitles you wish to remove, play the video by pressing the spacebar. When you see the subtitle appear in the play screen, press the spacebar again to make the video stop playing. Your cursor should be now located on top of the clip where the subtitle exists. You should see a small effects box above the video clip--that is the subtitle effect.

  4. 4

    Click on the subtitle effect in the timeline to highlight it. Press "Delete" and the subtitle effect should disappear. Move your cursor back to the beginning of your video, and play the video again to see that the subtitle is removed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you accidentally delete the wrong item from your timeline, use your editing program's "Undo" function to bring it back.

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