How to use Jubler and Avidemux to create or add subtitles to your videos

This quick guide will show you how to use Jubler and Avidemux to create or add subtitles to your videos. Each software is freeware and very easy to use. Besides creating, you can also edit subtitles you may have.


You will not need much for this guide besides the two programs and enough Hard Drive space to complete any video editing.

- AVIdemux is a free open-source program designed for multi-purpose video editing and processing. It is purposed for editing and converting video material and contains several codecs. Supported input formats include: avi, openDML, mpeg1/2, NuppelVideo, H263(+), mpeg4, mov/3GP/mpeg4, ogm, images (bmp, jpg). Supported output formats include: avi, avi dual audio, mpeg video, mpeg A+V (PS/TS), ogm, unp. vop.

Jubler- Jubler is a tool that is used to edit text-based subtitles. The software can also be used to author new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles. If you want to preview your video and subtitles however, you will need Mplayer and the Java runtime environment.

Mplayer- Mplayer, "the Movie Player" can play most standard video formats out of the box and almost all others with the help of external codecs. MPlayer currently works best from the command line, but visual feedback for many functions is available from its onscreen status display (OSD), which is also used for displaying subtitles. MPlayer also has a GUI with skin support and several unofficial alternative graphical frontends are available. For this guide we will be using it simply to preview our video.

Getting Started

I find it is always important to learn a bit of background about what you are working on first before trying it and luckily here at AfterDawn we have just the resources for you to do so.

Subtitle Formats Explained- In this guide we explain the different categories of subtitles and link to guides for each specific format including SUB, SRT and SSA.

Now that you have either read up on that, (or not :-)) we can finally get started on this guide. Make sure you have all the requirements downloaded and installed.

On the next page we will begin using Jubler so open that program up and check out the interface for a minute.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction and Requirements
  2. 2. Using Jubler to create or edit subtitles
  3. 3. Embedding subtitles using AVIdemux
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz