How to Remove Forced Subtitles from Blu-ray/DVD Movies?

Diana Joan

Jan 21, 2017 09:08 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Remove forced subtitles from DVD movies

Forced subtitles is the subtitle appearing on screen when the characters speak a foreign or alien language, or there is a sign, location, or other text in a scene which needs to be explained but cannot be translated in the localization or dubbing. Sometimes, we will have the needs to remove forced subtitles from Blu-ray or DVD in the following situations:

"I would like to know if it is possible to remove forced French subtitles from a French DVD? I recently received a set from the label K-Films and upon viewing it in my region free player I was surprised to find that pressing the subtitles button on the remote didn't solve the issue. What are my options in this scenario outside of manually removing the subtitles from the DVD using software or making a copy? Manually removing the subtitles is something I don't care for since it would leave markings where the subtitles were and making a copy is annoying since it defeats the purpose of the actual disc. Do I need a special region free player with a built in setting that automatically removes the subtitles (if that exists) or is there another way I can remove them?"

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Is it possible to remove forced subtitles from Blu-ray or DVD?

The answer depends on what you mean by "forced subtitles". If the forced subtitles are actually burned into the image, then you're out of luck to move that portion of the video out of frame. If the Blu-ray/DVD forced subtitles have been manually added and aren't burned in you'd just have to disable subtitles, the disc in this case is authored for the player to have the forced subtitle track enabled by default. Only way around this default behavior would be to re-author your own version of the disc though talk of that is not permitted here.


Best tool to remove forced subtitle from Blu-ray/DVD movies

If you don't have a player or software that can defeat the disc authoring, then the best free option is using Handbrake, which allows you to create an unsubtitled MP4 version from Blu-ray/DVD, you can then select English as desired subtitle languages and no other subtitles as the language option.

However, since Handbrake lacks the ability to handle commercial Blu-ray or DVD, however, most Blu-ray/DVD movies we purchased are commercial ones with copy protection and region code, you will need a specific program to break that protection. Here, we highly recommend Pavtube ByteCopy (get Mac version) to you, which is the combo function of Blu-ray Ripper and DVD Ripper, the program can powerful bypass all Blu-ray/DVD copy protection and region code. You can comprehensively remove forced subtitles from Blu-ray disc, BDMV folder, ISO image and DVD Disc, Video_TS folder and IFO, ISO image file. What you need to do is output Blu-ray/DVD to a MP4 or other digital file formats which doesn't container any subtitle languages, then choose your native subtitle languages from the internal Blu-ray/DVD movies.

Apart from disable forced subtitle functions, you can also use the program to enable forced subtitles for the output file formats or add external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to Blu-ray/DVD movies if the original movies don't contain your desired subtitle languages.

How to Remove Forced Subtitles from Blu-ray/DVD Movies?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray or DVD disc into the program.

Insert DVD disc into your computer's optical drive, then click "File" > "Load from disc" to load DVD disc to the application. For loading Blu-ray disc, you will need an external Blu-ray optical drive. You can also use the program to load BDMV folder, ISO image or Video_TS folder, IFO/ISO image file into the program.

Load Blu-ray or DVD disc into the program

Step 2: Remove forced subtitles from Blu-ray/DVD movies.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down option, select one of the unsubtitled digital file formats such as "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "Common Video" main category.

Output unsubtitled MP4 formats

Then go back to the main interface, under the Blu-ray/DVD title displaying list, from "Subtitles" drop-down list, select your native subtitle language such as "English" from the internal Blu-ray/DVD movies, then you will get an output digital formats without forced subtitles.

Output native subtitle language

Step 3: Add external subtitle to Blu-ray/DVD movies.

Open "Video Editor" window, switch to the "Subtitle" tab, check enable, then you will be able to load external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to Blu-ray movies.

Add external subtitle to Blu-ray/DVD movies

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After you have finished all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom "Convert" button to start Blu-ray/DVD forced subtitle removing process.

When the conversion is completed, click "Open output folder", a window will pop out the converted movies without unwanted forced subtitles.


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