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I have a DVD which I would like to burn mp4 without subtitles as well to save a subtitle file as an external file. This way I when I watch the movie I can set my own fonts and size for the font. I have tried to download SRT files online but I always come across the syncing issue between subtitle and the audio. Then I decide that I may be able to extract subtitle tracks. 

In this post, I will explain my experience of how I extract subtitles into sub/idx or srt file from Bluray and DVD on PC and Mac. 

Extract Subtitles into sub/idx file from Bluray and DVD

Extracting subtitles into sub/idx file from Bluray and DVD is not as easy as we think. This is just because Bluray and DVDs are always encrypted and the very first step is to decrypt the copy protection. Well, with DVDFab, we are able to rip all kinds of copy-protected Bluray and DVDs and extract subtitles into sub/idx file from them. 

Please follow the above button to download a copy of DVDFab, which is available for both PC and Mac users. DVDFab is a collection of tools that are able to rip, create, copy Bluray and DVDs, convert videos etc. You will have to activate each function like ripping a Bluray or ripping a DVD separately. 

The guide explains how we extract Bluray or DVD subtitles with a simple setting in DVDFab. Screenshots are taken on Windows, but this guide also applies to the Mac version as they look and work the same.

Step 1. Load Bluray/DVD

Once you have inserted your Bluray or DVD disc into your Bluray or DVD drive, DVDFab automatically loads the disc for you. 

You will be presented to choose a Bluray or DVD region:

DVDFab DVD Region

Step 2. Profiles for Bluray and DVD Ripping

MP4 is the default profile for both Bluray and DVD ripping. If you just want to extract subtitles into sub/idx from Bluray or DVD. I suggest you go for Passthrough profiles:

Passthrough Profiles

Please note M2TS, MKV, MP4, and 3D MKV passthrough are available for Bluray extracting, and MKV passthrough for DVD extracting. I suggest those profiles just because you are able to remux Bluray or DVD without converting, which can be super fast. 

Step 3. Advanced Settings

In order to extract subtitles from Bluray and DVDs, we will need to go for Advanced Settings here:

DVDFab Advanced Settings

And set the subtitle mode to “Extract to idx/sub file”. You are able to extract all subtitles in your DVD and Bluray to idx/sub.

DVDFab Advanced Settings for Subtitle

Step 4. Rip Bluray/DVD and Extract Subtitle

Click Start button and DVDFab will begin right away ripping and decrypting the Bluray or DVD and save the subtitle file as idx and sub. 

Free Convert IDX/SUB to SRT

Idx/sub does not seem to be as widely used as SRT, but luckily, there is a free way to convert idx/sub to SRT. What you need is just a web browser, so this job can be done on any system. 

It is really simple to free convert idx/sub to srt online. You select and upload the idx and sub file separately and click Convert:

Convert Idx/Sub to SRT

When the converting is done, click Download to download SRT file to your local hard drive:

Download Converted SRT

Here’s the final SRT file we extract and convert from Bluray and DVD:

How to Extract Subtitles into sub/idx/srt file from Bluray and DVD on PC and Mac
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