How to Add Subtitles to VirtualDub

Written by tammy clevenger
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VirtualDub is a free application that is used to capture, convert and modify video files. One task that VirtualDub may be used for is to add subtitles to an AVI video file by supplementing the VirtualDub program with a subtitling add-in. In most subtitling applications, the subtitles are indexed in an SRT file. If you are using an SRT file for your subtitles, the file must be converted to the SSA file type. You can download the SRTtoSSA converter from if you need to convert a subtitle file to import into VirtualDub. Both SRT and SSA files are simply text files and may be created and edited using a text editor such as Notepad.

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Things you need

  • SSA subtitle file
  • VirtualDub installed

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  1. 1

    Open the SSA file in a text editor, such as Notepad.

  2. 2

    Remove the "0" entry, if it exists. Some SRT files will include an entry "0" with the video title or other data listed. Remove this entry so the first entry in the text file is "1." The entries in the SSA text file need to be in the following format:


    00:01:43,640 --> 00:01:44,993

    We'll get him.


    00:02:14,640 --> 00:02:19,191

    Billy MacElroy. The audience

    faints when he does a perfect pirouette.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the video file and then click "Open With." Select "VirtualDub" from the available programs. The video file opens in VirtualDub.

  4. 4

    Select the "Video" option on the top navigation bar in VirtualDub, and then click "Filter." Click the "Add" button.

  5. 5

    Select the "Subtitling" filter and then click "OK." The SSA Subtitling filter is added to the program.

  6. 6

    Click the ellipses to open a file navigation window. Navigate to and click on the SSA subtitle file. Click "Open." The SSA file loads into VirtualDub.

  7. 7

    Choose "Video" from the top navigation bar, and then click "Full Processing Mode."

  8. 8

    Click "Audio" from the top navigation bar, and then click "Full Processing Mode."

  9. 9

    Select "File" and then click "Save As." Select the desired video type and click "Save." VirtualDub integrates the subtitle file into the video and saves the video with subtitles as a video file.

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