I am adding subtitles to DVDs. (If necessary for you to know, I am doing it for the series "Sharpe" with Sean Bean currently but will be doing others in the future.) I have the original DVDs which I have ripped to my hard drive using MakeMKV. I have found subtitles for these discs online, and they play perfectly if I open the MKV title with VLC and use "add subtitle" to add the appropriate subs.
Now, I want to use Handbrake to add these subtitles to the MKV files. The problem is that I don't know how to set the settings so that there is no recode happening when I do this. The files are all about 3.5 GB, and adding the SRT subs should not add much. Eventually I will probably burn these back to a DVD so I really don't want them changed. I also don't want any artifacts added by recoding.
The problem is that it doesn't matter what settings I use for the "video" section of handbrake, the files come out all different sizes. I am using MKV as the container and MPEG-2 for the codec I want. I have set it to "constant frame rate," and I have set the "quality" to 1, which is the highest quality. I also use the "preset" set to "very fast 480p30." In the subtitle section I add the subtitle I have from the internet. I am doing them as a batch, so I know I am doing them all with the same settings. The end result is the files are all different sizes. Some of the files are nearly 5 GB when finished, and some are as small as 2.2 GB when finished. Clearly the files are being recoded. If I use h.264 for the codec, the final files are much larger, on the order of 9 GB or so.
Is there some way to add subtitles without any recoding, so the files are essentially unchanged when finished? Is there some other software that would work better for this?
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If you need only add subtitles to your mkv file, the easiest way is to use Mkvtoolnix . Open your mkv in this software, drag and drop subtitles in bottom field and start muxing.
What format of subtitles do you have ? srt ?
EDIT I see it is srt
Last edited by Bernix; 23rd Sep 2017 at 13:52.
Handbrake always reencodes so forget about using it.
MakeMKV. If you want to add subs to a DVD and keep the original VOB/IFO/BUP format with menus and extras, then follow Method 2 of Baldrick's guide: