How to Sync Subtitles in VLC Media Player

Karthikeyan Ramasamy
May 13 · 2 min read

We all love to watch English Movies and TV Series. Subtitles help in better understanding of the content. But, we feel annoyed when there is a mismatch between video and subtitle.

Let’s learn how to sync the Subtitles.

How Subtitle File works?

Subtitle Content from the movie “Into The Wild”

02:00:55,276 (Subtitle starts here)

02:00:59,195 (Subtitle ends here)

02 — Hours

00 — Minutes

55 — Seconds

276 — Milliseconds

We find that the dialogue “I mean, the core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.” is in time frame 02:00:55,276 , 02:00:59,195

The media player displays the subtitle in the above mentioned time interval.

2 Causes of Mismatch:

  1. Subtitles are delayed
  2. Subtitles are ahead

Solution for Case 1:

Unfortunately, the subtitle we have is in time frame 02:01:00,276 , 02:01:04,195 i.e the subtitle is displayed after the dialogue is delivered.

So, there is a delay of 5 seconds. We need to reduce the delay.

Fix:

In VLC media player, we can decrease delay in subtitle sync by pressing the key “G” and align it correctly with video.

1 second = 1000 milliseconds

As we have a 5 second delay in sync, we need to reduce delay in subtitles by 5000 ms (-5000 ms)

Solution for Case 2:

Unfortunately, the subtitle we have is in time frame 02:00:50,276 , 02:00:54,195 i.e the subtitle is displayed before the dialogue is delivered.

So, subtitle is ahead of video by 5 seconds. We need to introduce delay.

Fix:

In VLC media player, we can increase delay in subtitle sync by pressing the key “H” and align it correctly with video.

1 second = 1000 milliseconds

As subtitles are ahead of video by 5 seconds, we need to introduce positive delay in subtitles by 5000 ms (+5000 ms)

Start syncing the subtitles and enjoy your Movies and TV Series.

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