I have to do a translation of the words of a DVD, and then add subtitles to that DVD (iso file or folder).

This is a professional work and it has to be clean (no change in quality, ie no "rip"...).

How can I add subtitles to a DVD (file) on a Mac (snow leopard)?

  • wysiwyg: being able to view the DVD / stop it to add the subtitle, set the duration easily
  • if possibly, set the font, size and position of subtitles
  • (if possibly, even add subtitles to the DVD Menu)

Is there already an App on the Mac that does that and just need a download? Or a 3rd party software is required?


Final Cut Pro can do that.

So can DVD Studio Pro.

There are also some free alternatives, most notable: Aegisub and Jubler.

  • DVD Studio Pro is really the way to go. +1
    – daviesgeek
    Feb 2 '12 at 17:24
  • DVD Studio Pro seems to be discontinued. Is there a way to get a clean and safe version? (legally)
    – Déjà vu
    Feb 18 '12 at 7:26
  • @ring0 - DVD Studio Pro is now being sold as part of Final Cut Pro.
    – Vlad
    Feb 20 '12 at 8:23
  • @ring0 Actually, Final Cut Studio is "discontinued". Apple was still selling it via phone last time I checked, but I'm not sure that they still are.
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 22 '12 at 17:29
  • @daviesgeek thanks - FCP does not do that, FCS (and DVD SP) are discontinued :-(
    – Déjà vu
    Mar 23 '12 at 13:13

I would go with DVD Studio Pro.

Basically, you create a subtitle clip and position it:
subtitle clip dvdsp
Click the textarea in the Inspector, and start typing. You can format the font by bringing up the Fonts window by going to Format > Font > Show Fonts (or pressing Command + T). Font window
And that's the basic idea. Pretty simple. You can find a little more detailed article in Apple's KB.

  • Great example of using DVD Studio Pro!
    – Vlad
    Feb 3 '12 at 8:53
  • @Vlad Thanks! However your answer pushed me to get this answer up.
    – daviesgeek
    Feb 3 '12 at 18:15

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