How to Convert MKV to MP4 Keeping Subtitles?

Diana Joan

Jun 12, 2016 08:24 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Convert MKV to MP4 keeping subtitles

1. I have an mkv that has subtitles embedded in it that I want to convert to mp4. When I used Vidcoder, the subtitles did not carry over. I know Handbrake has a subtitle tab to add subtitles, but I am not sure the best way to go about this. Please help.

2. I have a mkv video I want to convert to mp4, but every which way I try and convert it (Handbrake, WinFF, ffmpeg, mencoder,...). I lose the video's subtitles. How can I convert the video while keeping the subtitles.

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Subtitle file formats types

Subtitles may be stored in different formats within media or as additional files:
-Bitmaps (Pictures), e.g. DVD VOBSUBs, Bluray PGS
-Text with markup, e.g. Closed Captions and SRT files.
-Styled SSA, e.g. most anime subtitles in MKV files

Subtitle MKV format outputs

- DVD Bitmap Subtitles(VOBSUB): With MKV, you can pass-through multiple VOBSUB tracks. These are not burned into the video unless you choose to do so however you can only burn 1 subtitle track into the file. The rest must be passed through.
- Bluray PGS Subtitles: With MKV, you can pass-through multiple PGS tracks. These are not burned into the video unless you choose to do so however you can only burn 1 subtitle track into the file. The rest must be passed through.

Best simple way to convert MKV with subtitles

If you are looking for a simple and workable way to convert MKV to MP4 with subtitles, you are highly recommended to download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac (best video converter ultimate review), besides converting MKV to MP4 with your desired subtitles, the program also helps to rip commercial Blu-ray/DVD with desired subtitles. In addition, if the video or movie does not contain any language subtitles you understand, you can download a SRT subtitle file in your first language of the movie from a safe and reliable subtitle download site (such as and add external subtitles to the video, Blu-ray or DVD.

Step by step to Convert MKV with Subtitles to MP4?

Step 1: Load MKV files with subtitles to the program.

Start the MKV subtitle converter on the program, on the main interface, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add fro folder" to load MKV files with subtitles into the program.

load MKV files with subtitle

Step 2: Output MKV to MP4 with desired subtitles.
After loading MKV files, the program can automatically detect subtitles from source MKV files and list them in each video title for you to choose from. Check the files that you want to keep subtitles, on the file displaying list, click "Subtitles" drop-down list and select one of your favorite subtitles to output.

Select desired subtitles for MKV

Step 3: Choose output file 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.

choose output file format

Step 4: Start the conversion process.
Hit right-bottom convert button to start the conversion from MKV to MP4 with subtitles reserved. When the conversion is completed, click "Open Output Folder" on the main interface to pop out the folder with converted files. Then feel free to view converted MP4 files with subtitles on smartphones, tablets, TV or game consoles with media player apps.

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