Windows Media is the default video and audio player included in all devices running the Windows operating system. Although this program is more compatible with all basic video and audio formats, adding external subtitles can seem like a complex task. You should edit the subtitle file or use third-party software to add it to Windows Media Player.
Method 1 of 2: Rename the subtitle file
Step 1. Move the subtitle file
Put this in the folder where the video is located. Move or copy the external subtitle file to the folder where there is the video you want to add it to.
Step 2. Rename the subtitle file to the name of the video
Right click on the subtitle and click Rename. Type the name of your video and press Entrance.
Step 3. Open the video with Windows Media Player
Right click on the video and click Play with Windows Media Player. You also have the option of double-clicking the video if your default player is Windows Media.
Step 4. Configure Windows Media to display closed captions
To do this, go to the menu Reading at the top of the player window and move the cursor over Lyrics, captions and subtitles. Then click on Activate if available. Close the Windows Media Player window and restart the program to see the subtitles appear in the video.
Method 2 of 2: Install third-party software
Step 1. Download DirectVobSub
This is a popular open source software from Microsoft Windows that fixes closed caption issues in Windows Media Player.
- Download DirectVobSub from the official software download page. The program is available for 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows. So be sure to select the one that is compatible with your operating system.
- When you download the software from any online platform, be sure to run a security scan. This will allow you to be sure that the file is not corrupted by malware or viruses.
Step 2. Install DirectVobSub
After downloading the installation file, double click on it and let the process start. Once the installation is complete, Windows Media Player should display closed captions without any problem.
Step 3. Rename the extension of the subtitle file to.sub
If Windows Media Player does not support closed captions even after installing DirectVobSub, you might need to change the file extension. Right click on the subtitle file, click Rename and change the extension .srt that there is at the end of the name in .sub.