Handbrake can’t convert MKV to MP4 with Subtitles properly?- Solution


When I use Handbrake to convert MKV to MP4 the subtitles almost always get messed up. So far I’ve only been able to get subs to work for one video; all the others have these crazy symbols around them. Most of the videos I’m converting have .ass, VOB, or UTF-8 subtitle formats if that helps. Does anyone know how I can get handbrake to properly convert MKV to MP4 with subtitles?

Go through Handbrake forum and find more than one guys complained the Handbrake subtitle issues. Of course, some possible solutions are suggested by tech supporters.

Solution 1: If you want it as softsubs (as opposed to subs that are hardcoded into the video and can’t be changed), you can convert the MKV file to MP4 first, then use Subler to add the .srt file.

I’ve tried the solution, but it’s a bit complex and time-consuming, the final video is not so satisfactory.

Solution 2: Find Handbrake alternative to convert .mkv to .mp4 with subtitles support. Searching from Google, there are not many video converter with subtitles support. Brorsoft MKV Converter is one of the best choice.

It works as the best MKV to MP4 converter for you that enables you to easily and quickly convert MKV to MP4 videos while keeping the subtitles. Besides, it can also convert MKV to all other popular video/audio formats, including MOV, AVI, VOB, WMV, FLV, MPG, MP3, OGG, WMA, etc without quality loss. Plus, this program employs a built-in editor, so you can use it to create special video effects as needed. If you are going to reformat MKV to MP4 with subtitles on Mac, please turn to MKV Converter for Mac.

How to encode MKV to MP4 with subtitles retained

Step 1. Load source MKV files

Directly drag and drop source MKV files, or click “Add Video” button on the toolbar to load MKV files to the MKV to MP4 converter for converting. You could import multiple MKV files or one single file for converting as you like.


Note: This ideal MKV converter could automatically detect subtitles and audio tracks from source MKV files and then list them in each video title for you to choose from. As you want to retain preferred subtitles for converting result, you need to select from the detected subtitles.

Step 2. Select output format

Click Format bar and select MP4 as the output format from Common Video list. If you prefer high definition video, you can choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” from the “HD Video” list.


Step 3. Start to convert MKV video to MP4 with subtitles

After all necessary settings, simply press the “Convert” button to start the conversion from MKV format to MP4. Within a few minutes, you can get the converted MP4 video files with subtitles on the default output folder. Just sync them to your mobile devices.

Additional Tips:

1. If there are no subtitles on your source video, you could add subtitles to MKV videos for final result via clicking Edit > Subtitles.

2. As far as I know Handbrake doesn’t support Blu-ray subtitles. It’s a feature people have been asking for at least a year now. If you want to rip and convert Blu-ray to MP4, MKV, WMV, MOV, MPG, etc with subtitles contained, a better choice is to download Brorsoft Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate, which is an all-in-one tool for converting Blu ray, DVD and kinds of videos keeping subtitles from original movie. For Mac users, iMedia Converter is for you.

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