How to Rip DVD Subtitles to .SRT

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The .SRT format packages the captions from your DVDs and allows you to store them as backups in your media library and even edit or translate them into another language. Creating .SRT files consists of extracting the header information about the subtitle from the DVD's information file (.IFO), and using that information to locate and extract the subtitles from the DVD's Video Object (VOB) files. And with the help of the right software tools, ripping .SRT files is no problem.

  • Download and install a copy of DVDShrink (see Resources). Launch the program after you've installed. Insert a copy of the DVD from which you wish to obtain subtitles into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive.

  • Click on the "Open Disc" icon at the top of DVDShrink. Click on the drop-down menu located in the center of the "Open Disc" menu. Select the letter of the drive containing the DVD you just inserted into your computer. Click "OK" to return to the main menu.

  • Click on the "Backup" icon at the top of DVDShrink. Click on the "Browse" button to locate a folder on your computer to save the ripped DVD files. Click "OK" to begin ripping the DVD.

  • Download and install a copy of SubRip (see Resources). Open SubRip. Click on the tiny "VOB" icon located in the top left corner of SubRip. Click on the "Open IFO" button in the menu that appears. Use the file explorer window that pops up to locate the folder where you saved the DVD files, and then select the first IFO file in the folder.

  • Click on the "Start" button to begin ripping the subtitles. Back in the main menu, click on the "VOB" button to begin ripping any other IFO files associated with your DVD.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you only want the subtitle language tracks for one language, click on the "VOB" button and then un-check the box labeled "Show all 32 Streams." Select your desired language from the "Language Stream" box.

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