How to Burn DVD with Subtitles (SRT, ASS) on Mac

Rosa Reyes
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I have a film in .mp4 format, subtitles in .srt and I can watch it perfectly on my Mac, but now I wish to put everything on a DVD. I can easily add the movie in iDVD but how to add subtitles to a DVD before burning?

If you like watching favorite movies and dramas, burning them to DVDs is a good choice, so that you can playback on a TV set with a DVD player. But what bothers us is that there are no subtitles in the videos, how to make we better understand them? I think Most of us can’t live without subtitles/captions in a video. At this time, it is necessary for us to add the SRT or ASS subtitle files to videos before burning them to the disk. In this article, you would learn well about how to burn DVD with subtitles on Mac.

Notes: There are lots of ways to add subtitles into video, but where to get the SRT or ASS files. Here we will show you two free ways to download movie subtitles. Please go to find and download the subtitles first.

How to Burn DVD with Subtitles Using DVD Burner?

We had better resort to some professional DVD burning tool that supports adding subtitles files, like Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac, it is a well-reputed DVD burner for Mac, which not only lets you add external subtitles in .srt or .ass format to video, but also burn DVD. It offers more useful features you can enjoy, like make a nice DVD menu, edit videos for better visual looking.

Now, Let's begin our media tasks. Firstly please insert a blank disc into the Mac slot, download the free trial version of Cisdem DVD Burner and launch it on Mac. And you can start to add and burn subtitles to DVD.

Step 1. Load Movies

Load videos in two ways. One is to click the "Add videos" icon to fetch video files from your local folder on Mac, another way is to directly drag-n-drop local video files to the interfaces of this program.

You will see the video's thumbnail appearing on the "Source" interface.

add video

Step 2. Add the Downloaded Subtitles (.srt or .ass)

Click under the video thumbnail to bring up the video editing window, from which you can trim/crop video, create special effects, add image/text watermarks, and import subtitles.

Go to the "Subtitle" tab and click "Other" to load the already downloaded subtitles files. And then click the button "Save", it would begin to write subtitles to DVD.

add subtitles to video

Step 3. Apply a DVD Menu (Optional)

Switch to the "Menu tab". Select a DVD menu for your DVD from the free template designs. If you don’t have the need to make a DVD menu, you can skip this step.

create dvd menu

Tips: You can click the to preview your video if meets your requirements or not

Step 4. Burn DVD with Subtitles

Click the burning icon burn button to move to the output window. You can choose the output DVD format (DVD disc, DVD Folder, ISO file), and configure the DVD parameters for better output playback.

Finally, click "Burn". The speed is faster than the average level.

burn dvd without vlc

Download the Free Trial of Cisdem DVD Burner >>

How to Add Subtitles to Video in iMovie

iMovie is Apple's flagship program and helps you create and edit movies on your Mac. Here I just want to talk about its function of add subtitles to videos, but it is unable to burn DVD with subtitles.

add subtitles to video imovie

  1. Open iMovie on Mac. Click File > New Project > Create, and add a new project.
  2. Clicking File > Import > Movie to import your targeted movie or music video into iMovie. And drag video clips from the event browser to the project.
  3. Select T for titles from the toolbar. Choose one title style in its lower part and apply it to your project where you'd like to add caption. Type "Title Text Here" box with subtitles contents.
  4. By the way, it allows you to change the fonts, color, and size of words, and adjust the start and ending point.

Two Ways to Download Movie Subtitles

Some Video/Movies don't come with captions, but we can search and download them with website tool or with a free Subtitle Downloader by ourselves, and then embed them into our video before burning to DVD with a DVD burning application. Here I would like to introduce some sites and downloader which provide subtitle searching and downloading service.

Download Subtitles Online

  2. Subscene

Freeware to Download Subtitles

  1. Sublight
  2. SubDownloader
  3. Filebot
  4. SubsHub
  5. Subtitle Dawn


We have shared how to burn DVD with subtitles on Mac. Cisdem DVD Burner is a powerful program that in addition to adding subtitles to DVD, helps in completing other tasks as well as editing videos and creating DVD menu. As for iMovie, it's not a DVD burning software but a video editing program that only enables you to add subtitles to videos.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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