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Download Subtitles Automatically in VLC Media Player

There are many times you find it difficult to understand the message in the movie and if the movie isn't in the language you speak then it is impossible to understand the it. In that case, you can take help of subtitle to understand and see the movie or the video clip.

Do you know? You can convert video with VLC Media Player.

There are many websites available in the Internet from where you can get the subtitles of almost all your favorite movies quite easily. After finding the subtitle, you'll have to insert it through Media Player or drop it in the movie folder and your Video Player will read it. But it's a little complicated process and if you don't understand the technical stuff then you will find it very difficult to get your subtitle to work.

If you want to skip those technical stuffs then try using VLSub in your VLC Media Player. It is a great extension for VLC which downloads the subs from the opensubtitles.org. With this extension, you can search for any subtitle within VLC and in most cases you'll not even need to type the movie name. It can search the movie by hash and by movie name.
If you have converted the video format then it may not be able to search the Subtitles by hash but you can try searching it by name (it will take time but you'll find it).

Unfortunately, this extension doesn't work in the most recent version of VLC (i.e.,2.1.X) as this version misses the "lua net module" which is required by VLSub to work correctly. But don't worry, it will be added in the later version of VLC Media Player.
To enjoy the features of this extension you can download the pre-released version of VLC 2.2.X from here or you can download the previous version of VLC from this link.

After getting the pre-released or the older version of VLC, follow this tutorial to download the subtitles automatically.
  • First, download the VLSub extension from here.
  • Now extract the ZIP file and move vlsub.lua file to:
  1. C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\ if you're using Windows PC.
  2. /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/ if you're using Mac OS X.
  3. ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/ if you're on Linux.
If your Computer don't have the folder listed above then creating it manually will do the work.
  • Now run VLC and play any movie of your choice.
  • Click on View > VLSub (while playing the movie or video clip).
Download Subtitles Automatically in VLC Media Player
  • If the movie name isn't listed, write the name of the movie and click Search by Name and wait for few moments to get the subtitles list.
Tip: You can also search for Serials but don't forget to write the Episode and Season. Try searching the subtitle by hash.
  • Click on the subtitle which you think will be best for your movie and click on Download Selection button to start the download process.
Download Subtitles Automatically in VLC Media Player
  • Once the download get completed, the subtitle will be automatically added to your movie and it will start appearing in your movie.
  • Done.
That's All! Now you can understand the movie by seeing the subtitle in your VLC Media Player.

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