How to remove subtitles from a video

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Preliminary information



Before getting to the heart of the subject, going to find out how to remove subtitles from a video, it is necessary to make some clarifications in this regard. Not all subtitles are the same: in some cases they are added to the video file such as dedicated tracks (hence, technically, as separate files within a video container, which can be MP4, MKV etc.), while in other cases they are impressed directly on the movie.


In the first case, the video is presented in a container format. If you were not aware of it, containers are container file formats that include everything related to a movie, so: the video itself, the audio, the codecs, the metadata, the menus and the subtitles. They can be easily distinguished by looking at the file extension. The most common video formats in this category are: MKV, AVI, MP4, VOB and MOV.

When you find yourself having to deal with files of this type, you can proceed with the removal of subtitles by taking advantage of the functions offered directly by the video players or by programs for editing and talking about movies.

When, on the other he, the reference file is not of the container type, but the subtitles are still visible when playing the video, these are “printed” directly on the movie. They have therefore been added using video editors and can be removed only and exclusively by using dedicated plugins or by cutting the part of the movie in which they are placed, using special software.


As can be guessed, in this second case the operation is not very practical and the final reont returned may not be optimal, but, unfortunately, it represents the only possible solution.

How to remove subtitles from a computer video

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the real heart of the matter and let's find out, together, how to remove subtitles from a video. Below you will find those that, in my humble opinion, represent the best programs to do so, going to act on the movies to which subtitles have been added as separate tracks (therefore as a separate file).


VLC (Windows / macOS / Linux)

If you are interested in removing subtitles from a movie only while viewing it, the best suggestion I can give you is without a doubt to resort to the use of VLC. In case you have never heard of it, this is a very popular media player, open source in nature and totally free, which can be used on Windows, macOS and Linux. It “digests” practically any type of audio and video file and integrates various advanced options, including the one that, in fact, allows you to remove the display of subtitles.



To use it, first download the program on your computer by visiting its website and clicking on the button Download VLC. When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained e, in the window that appears on the screen, click on the buttons OK, NEXT (three consecutive times) and Install, but will conclude the setup.

Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg just got it, drag theVLC icon in the folder Applications computer, right-click on it, select the item apri from the context menu and click on the button apri, in such a way as to start the program, however, going around the restrictions imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).

Now, regardless of the operating system used, drag the subtitled video you want to play into the program window, then click on the menu Subtitle / Subtitles located at the top left, select the items Track subtitles> Disable from the latter and that's it.

HeBrake (Windows/macOS)

Another program you can appeal to to remove the visible subtitles from your video files is HeBrake. It is actually a video converter, thanks to which it is possible to transform various types of movies into MP4 and MKV, but it also offers special options to remove subtitle tracks and make various other changes to the selected files. It allows you to remove subtitle tracks, but it requires recompression of the output files, so it is quite slow in providing the output file e, above all, it can degrade the quality of the starting videos (each conversion, in fact, generates a minimum of loss in video quality).


That said, HeBrake is free, open source, and agolable for Windows and macOS. To download it to your computer, visit the program's website and click on the button Download HeBrake.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained e, in the window appears on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes and Next. Next, press the buttons I Agree, install and Finish, to conclude the setup. Then call up the program by clicking on the relevant one collegamento that was added to the desktop or via the one attached to the Start menu.

Stai using MacOS, however, when the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto and trascina l 'HeBrake icon in the folder Applications say macOS, dopodiché fai clic destroyed your di essa and selects the voice apri from the context menu. Then click on the button apri, so as to open the application going around the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first run).

Now that the software window is displayed on the screen, drag the video file you are interested in to act on it and select a conversion profile from the list visible by clicking on the button Presets top right.

Now, select the tab subtitles in the center of the window and click on "X" that you find next to the various subtitle tracks in the box in the center.

Per concludere, premium pulsating KATEGORIEN located at the bottom, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the video without subtitles once processed and press the button Start Encode/Start present at the top.

VirtualDubMod (Windows)

Stai using a PC with your installato Windows and the solutions to remove subtitles from a video that I have already suggested did not convince you in a particular way, you can consider the idea of ​​exploiting VirtualDubMod, a modified and enhanced version of the popular video editor VirtualDub which allows you to edit and correct AVI, MP4 and MKV videos very easily. Furthermore, it does not require installation to work.

To download it to your computer, visit the program download page and click on the button Download Latest Version. When the download is complete, extract theZIP archive obtained and start the file .exe contained within it. Then click on the buttons OK e Start VirtualDubMod, then press the button again OK.

Now that you see the software window on your desktop, open the video file you want to work on by clicking on the menu Fillet at the top left and selecting the item Open video file from the latter. Next, go to nu Streams (always located at the top left) and select the item Stream list.

In the window that opens, locate the items relating to the subtitle tracks (those with the description Text Stream) and double-click on them to delete them. Then click on the button OK to apply the changes made and save your video without subtitle tracks by selecting the item Save as from the menu Fillet of the program. If you want to avoid re-encoding the movie, first select the option Direct Stream Copy from the menu Video of the program.

How to remove embedded subtitles from a video

Now let's see how to proceed to remove the reonting subtitles impressed directly on video files. As I told you at the beginning of the post, in this case, the only way to go is to cut out the portion of the reference movie or use the appropriate plugins. To find out which programs to use and how to do it, read on.

Avidemux (Windows / macOS / Linux)

The first of the useful tools to remove subtitles imprinted on a video that I recommend you consider is Avidemux. It is a free software for Windows, macOS and Linux, which supports all major video file formats and allows you to work on them by cutting, editing and mounting them in a rather simple way.

To download it to your computer, go to the program's website and click on the link FossHub on the Windows version installed on your computer (64-bit or 32-bit), under the operating system logo. Instead, if you are using MacOS, select the link located under the Apple logo.

Download completed if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and click the button Following (three consecutive times) in the window that appears on the desktop. Then select the item I accept the license, click on the button again Following (two more times) e, finally, on the buttons Yes and end.

Stai using MacOS, april il package .dmg ottenuto and trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications. Next, right click on it, select the item apri from the menu that appears and press the button apri, so as to start the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Now that you see the main Avidemux window, click on the menu Fillet situato in alto a left, selects the voice apri from the latter and open the video file on which you want to intervene. Then worry about changing the codec for exporting the movie via the drop-down menu Output video which is located.

Afterward, click on the menu Video located at the top and select the item filters. From the additional window you see appear on the screen, select the item Transform on the left and double-click on the wording Crop in the central column.

Using the additional screen displayed, define the area of ​​the box you want to make up your movie by moving and resizing the selection rectangle. Alternatively, you can act through the appropriate fields at the top, typing the exact dimensions in pixels. When your changes are complete, click the button OK and on that Close.

Finally, export the edited movie by clicking on the menu Fillet located at the top left, by selecting the item Save e, subsequently, indicating the output location you want to use on your computer. 

HeBrake (Windows/macOS)

HeBrake, the program for Windows and MacOS of which I told you in the passage in the initial part of the tutorial, it can also be used to crop the part of the video where the subtitles are imprinted. To do this, start the software, drag the reference video over it, click on the button Presets located at the top right and select a conversion profile from those listed.

Then select the tab Dimensions placed in the central part of the window, choose the option Custom below the item Cropping and indicate how much you want to cut the top, bottom and sides of the video by filling in the fields Top, Bottom, Left and Right. If you want to see a preview of the final reont, click on the button Preview which is at the top.

When you have finished editing, save the edited movie by clicking on the button KATEGORIEN, indicating the output position and pressing the button Start Encode/Start that you find at the top of the program window.

VirtualDubMod (Windows)

Stai using a PC with your installato Windows, even for what concerns the removal of subtitles imprinted on a video you can rely on the use of VirtualDubMod the software I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide. How? I'll explain it to you right away.

First, download the additional plugin named MSU Subtitles Removal by going to the relevant website, scrolling to the bottom of the displayed page and clicking on the item Unpack this file in VirtualDub “Plugins” folder. File size ~150 KB (in ZIP). When the download is complete, extract theZIP archive obtained in the folder plugins located in the folder of VirtualDubMod.

Now, start VirtualDubMod again, go to the menu Video and select the wording Filters. Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button Add, double-click on the first entry MSU Subtitle Remover and click on the button OK per due turn consecutive.

Afterward, open the video you want to remove subtitles from by clicking on the menu first Fillet (top left) and on the item Open video file. Then click on the third button of the VirtualDubMod toolbar (Output playback) and let the entire movie play, for the plugin to identify the subtitles embedded in it.

When the operation is completed, go back to the menu Video > Filters, double-click the entry MSU Subtitle Remover e, in the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Detect and remove.

At this point, all you have to do is save the changes by clicking on OK twice consecutively and save your video without subtitles by selecting the item Save as from the menu Fillet by VirtualDubMod. In this case, you have to re-encode the movie, so go to the menu Video, select the voice Compression and choose the codec you want to use for the operation (eg. XviD, DivX, etc.).

As an alternative to the procedure I just indicated, you can remove the subtitles from the movie by cutting the portion of the video in which they are imprinted. To do this, after opening the video file, go to the menu Video > Filtersclick on your bottone Add, select the filter null transform from the list on the left in the new window displayed and press the button OK.

Then click on the button Cropping, indicate the parts of the video to be cut using the fields X1 offset, Y1 offset, X2 offset and Y2 offset and click on bottone OK. Then proceed to save the edited video as I indicated earlier and that's it. As can be easily understood, the use of filters makes it meatory to re-encode the video.

How to remove subtitles from a video from smartphones and tablets

Removing subtitles is also feasible from smartphones and tablets. To be precise, if what you want to act on is a video file that contains subtitles as a separate track, you can do it by resorting to the use of VLC, the media player for Windows and macOS that I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide which, perhaps not everyone knows, is also agolable in the form of an app for Android and iOS.

So, first download VLC to your device. If you are using Android, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If, on the other he, you are using iOS, connected to the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Ottieni / Installa and authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o Password dell'ID Apple.

Later, if you are using Android, open VLC by tapping the button apri appeared on the screen or on the relative icon which was added to the drawer (the Android screen where you find all the apps grouped) and select the movie of your interest, by tapping on the button with the lines horizontally located at the top left and choosing the item Folders. Then press on the symbol of comic located at the bottom left, select the option Track subtitles from the menu that appears and tap on the item Disable.

Stai using iOS, open the video file of your interest using a File Manager or through theWhatsapp where it is saved, press onicon della sharing (Quella with the rectangle and the arrow) and select l 'VLC icon from the menu that appears. Once the movie has started playing, click on the del symbol comic located at the bottom left and select the option Disable give the menu that comes mostrato.

If the video file of your interest has the subtitles imprinted, in order to remove them, the only solution is to "crop" the movie. Unlike what is possible to do by acting as a computer, as I indicated in the step dedicated to the thing, from mobile the operation turns out to be a little less practical but, however, not impossible. If you want to try your he, then, you can download and use one of the video editing apps that I suggested in my specific guides on how to cut a video on Android and how to cut a video on iPhone (also valid for iPad, to the detriment of the title ).

How to remove subtitles from a YouTube video

You often watch videos on YouTube and would you like to get rid of the annoying subtitles that are shown superimposed on the movies? If the tracks in question were not imprinted directly on the video but uploaded as a separate file, you can easily do it, both from the web and through the app for Android and iOS.

So, if you are watching a YouTube video from your computer, all you have to do to be able to remove the subtitles is, start playback, click on the button with the window that you find in the lower right part of the video player and select the item Deactivated give the menu to compare.

If you then want to disable the general display of subtitles, access the YouTube settings by clicking on tua photo placed at the top right of the site and on the entry Settings attached to the menu that opens. On the new page that appears, select the entry Playback and performance which is on the left and remove the ticks from the boxes Always show subtitlesShow automatic subtitles provided by speech recognition (if agolable), then confirm and save the changes by clicking on the button Save.

From smartphones and tablets, on the other he, after starting the playback of a video, you can remove subtitles by tapping on the player, pressing the button with the three dots vertically visible in the upper right part of the same, by selecting the item Subtitles from the menu that appears and that Turn off subtitles (your Android) or No subtitle (its iOS).

For further information on the practices described in this step, I refer you to reading my guide specifically dedicated to how to remove subtitles from YouTube.



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