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How to Add Subtitles to a Video Permanently [Free]

Adding subtitles to a video helps hard-of-hearing people and for language translation.

Subtitles use a different format and have another file extension. The typical extension file is Subrip Subtitle Format or the SRT file, which you can create using Notepad or a text editor.

Additionally, you can use a subtitle editor software that makes your work easy. All the media players allow you to add subtitle files, browse the file, or auto-detect the file based on the content you are watching.

In this article, you will learn how to easily add subtitles to a video on PC, android, iPhone and online.

Part 1: How to Add Subtitles to a Video

Adding subtitles to a video has become easier!

Although it is an additional step during your video editing procedure, adding the subtitles helps your videos reach larger masses. Subtitles appear on the screen and narrate the dialogue. It also helps in translating one language to another.

Follow the steps to add subtitles to your videos on PC:

Step 1: Open Camtasia on PC and from the side panel, click More to add Captions. With this, you can add the subtitles or captions that you like to add for your video.

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Step 2: Click the Captions tab and you can add captions or drag srt file to the box. Now, type your first subtitle on the preview window. You will see the caption track at the timeline.

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Step 3: As the track is adjustable, you can make it towards the end of the clip, and entering the subtitles is an easy task as selecting the first one and just transcribing.

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Step 4: In the next step, you can continue going through the entire video and add the subtitles. Suppose you miss out on typing the text for a particular scene.

In that case, you can use the replay button that allows the video to play in a loop until you finish writing down the subtitle for that specific part.

Step 5: After completion, you can adjust all the subtitles based on the right duration scene. Time adjustment is essential, as you do not want to extend the subtitle to the next scene.

Step 6: You can head to the export captions option and save the file on your PC.

Part 2: How to Add Subtitles to a Movie Online

You can now add subtitles to your favorite movie online without downloading any software. Kapwing Video subtitle maker helps you complete the entire process in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Navigate to the Kapwing subtitle tool from your favorite browser. Upload the video for which you like to add subtitles by clicking the Upload button.

Likewise, you can add a video that is already on the Internet by pasting the video’s link.

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Step 2: As the tool plays the video, you can start adding subtitles one at a time. If the manual-addition of the subtitles is tiring, you can opt for the “auto-generate” feature.

It helps in generating the dialogues or text automatically. Likewise, you can edit the text’s text and timing for each scene individually through the user-friendly online interface.

You can import the subtitles with the SRT file extension, which you can directly embed into the video.

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It also allows for changing the font size, color, and video size. You can click the timestamp for the detailed editing of the subtitles.

Plus, you have the provision for moving the subtitle up or down according to the video.

Step 3: After completion of the editing, press the Create Video button. Kapwing will start the process of burning the text layers onto the video layers.

They appear permanently for that video, which you can share across multiple platforms.

You can also download the video to share on different social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. You can operate the software on a phone and computer.

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Part 3: How to Add Subtitles to a Video on Android (Manually)

Subtitles are available as a separate file, which you can download in addition to the video file. You can attach it to the video or allow the VLC media player to do it for you.

VLC player for Android is a popular app, which will enable you to watch a video of any file extension. As you need a subtitles file, you can search the Internet for the same. They are available for free.

If the downloaded file is on your computer, connect your phone and transfer it to your Android phone. Follow the steps below to add subtitle file in VLC on Android device:

Step 1: Open the VLC player on your phone and play the video for which you downloaded the subtitle file.

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Step 2: If you placed the subtitle file in the Downloads folder, the media player would detect it automatically.

If it is in a different folder, tap the subtitles button available next to the Play button. Browse to the subtitle file by clicking the Select Subtitle File option.

Part 4: How to Add Subtitles to a Video on iPhone

Whether you created a video or like to add subtitles to an existing video on iMovie, the procedure to add is straightforward on your iPhone. The steps are:

Step 1: From the Timeline, click the clip that you like to edit and add subtitles.

Step 2: Now, click the T icon at the bottom. Once you tap it, the application will open various styles that you can use for editing text. Every style has a different font size and animation.

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Step 3: You can preview the style by browsing through the type.

Step 4: After selecting the style, input the text that you want for that clip.

Step 5: You can choose the subtitle’s position: lower corner or middle of the screen.

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Step 6: Preview the editing before you can save the file. You can also see the accuracy of the subtitles.

Step 7: You can go back to the editing mode to change spellings and other arrangements.

Step 8: When everything is correct, click on Done. Now, you can share the clip with your friends and family members or social media channels.

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