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How to Add Subtitles in Windows Media Player

How to Add Subtitles in Windows Media Player

How to Add Subtitles in Windows Media Player: Better communication and understanding of the plot, story, and context was the purpose of subtitles. It has now branched out and affected the lives of people who are unable to speak or hear. Even Youtube recognizes the need for captions as there are around 466 million people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing. And 71% of people with disabilitiesleave a site or page once they’ve learned that it is not accessible for them. For them, captions have made it possible to understand what they are viewing. The range of benefits includes a better understanding when viewing educational videos, instructional videos, or even foreign films that provide translation through subtitles. There are also times when audio is compromised, or there is a need for a bit of silence while viewing a video, subtitles would then be a great option to have at those moments too. Subtitles and captions have also made it easier to learn new words from another dialect or language.

With all these benefits, it is no wonder that some people desire to have subtitles whenever they view a video. To make it clear, this is an article that will teach about how to add captions in Windows Media Player. The author acknowledges that there are a lot of media players and different video applications that effortlessly incorporates the subtitles of a particular video automatically. This article can easily be about listing all that is lacking from the software. And yet somehow, Windows Media Player still has that appeal and charm for some people. With that, this article aims to reach out to that niche of people. To be able to provide an answer to how they can utilize subtitles on their Windows Media Player.

Here Are Several Steps to Providing A Solution to This Concern

1. The Name Game

The subtitle is within a file that is separate from the video file. Make sure that both files have the same name. Having the same filename means that every dot, line, or any letter used for the naming must also be the same for each file. Windows Media Player needs both data to have the same filename as WMP does not automatically attach a subtitle file to the video file

2. Let’s Get it On!

Upon making sure that both files have the same filename, go to the Library Mode of WMP and go to Play> Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles and click “ON if Available.” This same option can be found when in the Now Playing mode by right-clicking on the top.

3. Get the 1st codec

For decades, Windows Media Player has remained in its classic state, and it has a lot of inadequacy or incompatibility with reading files. Download DirectVobSub (VSFilter) codec and install it on your PC. This codec supports both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. You need not configure anything as the installation of the codec will practically set the required parameters for it to work.

It is noteworthy to remember that there are malicious software or malware out there. There are cybersecurity trends and threats that we need to be aware of and understand. Thus, you must download this codec from official sites. Also, at this point, most systems can already read the subtitles or captions while the video is playing with the Windows Media Player. Should it still not work, please proceed to the net step.

4. Get the 2nd codec

You would then need to download another codec called Shark007’s Advanced Codec for Windows Media Player. Install it. Once installed, depending upon the type of PC you have, select and launch either the 32-bit Application Settings or the 64-bit Application Settings. Right-click on either of the files and choose “Run as Administrator” to start it with administrator rights.

5. Disable some Features

Once the app opens, go to the tab of “Different Video File Types.” Find and check the option “Disable Media Function for AVI/MP4/MKV.” Finally, head to the “Swap” tab and find and select the “Disable Windows Media Foundation.”

From this point, enjoy viewing videos with your subtitles or captions. Subtitles and captions are available from sites such as Subscene, Open Subtitles, and  TV Subs.

Conclusion: A Niche All Its Own

Some people may argue regarding the absurdness of having to deal with this. Some people will approach this on the impracticality of having to do this when a better solution is already available. There is an argument there, and there is validity in it too.

But for those like me, who grew up using Windows Media Player and not knowing the ins and outs of how to go about it, this is precious technical know-how. It is similar to when I was still very young, and I would do a “tear-down” of my toys to figure out how they operated. I may not have been able to build my toys back up again, but I got some lessons on how they worked.

Windows has already introduced a new app, Movies & TV, that would take the place of Windows Media Player for Windows 10. But amazingly, WMP is still available in the system. WMP still has its impressive features contained within a user-friendly interface. Some users, even in the advent of other media player apps, still want to be adventurous with the age-old Windows Media Player.

For those that still choose to use Windows Media Player, I marvel at the desire for just simplicity in a world that is full of apps that can do just about anything. Combined this with the need to better communicate through different types of media and platforms, subtitles, captions, and Windows Media Player are genuinely in a niche all their own.

Author’s Bio: John Ocampos is an Opera Singer by profession and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the Founder of SEO-Guru, and the Managing Director of Tech Hacker. John is also the Strategic SEO and Influencer Marketing Manager of Softvire Australia – the leading software eCommerce company in Australiaand Softvire New Zealand.

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