A subtitle is a text representation of the dialogue, narration, music, or sound effects in a video file. Subtitles are available in multiple formats.
Subtitles can literally make the difference between being immersed in a movie or only watching the screen, trying to keep up with developments. Good subtitling does not distract but actually enhances viewing pleasure, and even native speakers can find subtitles useful, not only where the individual is hearing-impaired.
There is a good range of open source software that lets you download subtitles. This article showcases dedicated subtitle downloaders, but some media players (including VLC and SMPlayer) also let you download subtitles.
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Let’s explore the 5 subtitle downloaders at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources.
|QNapi||Qt-based, multi-engine, multi-platform subtitle downloader|
|Subliminal||Library to search and download subtitles with a powerful CLI|
|OpenSubtitlesDownload||Find and download the right subtitles for your favourite videos|
|SubDownloader||Python tool for automatic download/upload of subtitles|
|subdl||Command-line tool to download subtitles|
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