Edited by Pat Bitton
July 20, 2020
A Look at the Best Subtitle Editors
Subtitles make it much easier to understand what is going on in the movie when you’re watching it in a language you don’t know or just started to learn. It’s great when subtitles are synchronized with audio and have appropriate size and color. But sometimes you need to edit subtitles, which can be a tedious process. The right software will reduce the tedium of creating subtitles and will let you work more efficiently. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the best programs for amateur and professional subtitling.
Top Software for Subtitle Editing
This is a list of the top software that you can get online and download for subtitle editing. That means that every product on this list is a worthy competitor. Because they are all great pieces of software in their own right, they are presenting in no particular order. Still, everyone has preferences, and we hope this list will help you pick the subtitle maker that is right for you.
With the right software suite, it is possible that you do not need any external tools in order to add subtitles to your videos. Movavi Video Suite gives you the option to easily add and edit subtitles for your video files. In addition, Movavi Video Suite comes with powerful video-editing and screen-capturing software to cover all of your video creation needs.
Movavi Video Suite is designed to be as easy to use as possible, while still offering the user a large selection of professional-quality effects. The software is available as an app for Windows and Mac. There is a free download available so you can try Movavi Video Suite before you buy it.
- Lets you create, add, and edit subtitles
- Can change the position of subtitles on the screen
- Tools for editing the color, font, size of subtitles
- Easy synchronization of subtitles and video
- Online subtitles search directly from the app
- Has all the necessary tools for subtitle editing
- Easy-to-use even for beginners
- Wide format support
- Fast processing
- Has multiple functions apart from subtitle editing (e.g., screen recording, converting, video editing)
- Trial version is available for 7 days only and has functional limitations
OS: Windows and Mac
To read a detailed review, follow the link below.
This open-source subtitle-editing freeware is licensed under the GPL. It requires the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment to run. It features an optimizing algorithm to help fix timing inconsistencies and will allow you to automatically handle frame rate conversions that would otherwise throw off the timing of all of your subtitles.
There is an easy installer for Windows, Mac, and Linux that includes the requirements. Because it is a Java program, it will run on any system that can run the Java Runtime Environment. For platforms other than the three mentioned, however, the user will be responsible for making sure the requirements are met.
- Translation mode is available
- Can change the color of subtitles
- Automatic updates
- Can add and edit subtitles in the playing mode
- Can be integrated with a spell-checker
- Supports all popular subtitle formats
- Need to additionally install MPlayer to view subtitles
OS: Windows, Mac, and Linux
This subtitle editing software is also open-source. Open Subtitle Editor uses the .NET Framework rather than Java, as Jubler uses. To run Open Subtitle Editor, you will need to have .NET Framework version 4 or later. Since the software relies on Windows Media Player to work, it only runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Open Subtitle Editor allows you to do subtitle editing tasks such as adding and removing subtitles, translation, re-syncing, and editing of the existing text. You can also use the software to create subtitle files from scratch. It is licensed under the GNU GPL.
- Allows to create subtitles from scratch
- Tools for editing the text of subtitles
- Option to resync subtitles
- Simple interface
- Requires installation of .NET Framework 4 (web installer)
- Lacks editing features
Another open-source, GPL licensed subtitle manager is Subtitle Workshop. This one features a user-friendly interface that is available in multiple different languages. Its tools for timing and text manipulation are customizable so that you can create an interface that allows you to operate in the workflow that is most convenient for you.
Subtitle Workshop will allow you to quickly set durations, adjust lines, check your spelling, and automate frames per second changes. It allows you to detect, mark, and fix timing or text errors using a comprehensive set of automatic and manual tools. It can also be extended using Pascal script files.
- Supports over 60 subtitle formats
- Automatic/manual detection and fixing of timing and text errors
- Supports style and color tags
- Spell checking
- Customizable shortcuts
- User-friendly interface
- Multi-language support
- Translation mode
- Can be a bit complicated for beginners because of the variety of tools
The next program on our list, POP Subtitle Editor, is a subtitle creator for MP4, WMV, AVI, or QT video files. POP Subtitle Editor is only available for Microsoft Windows platforms. It allows you to easily edit the styling of your subtitles, including their font, color, size, and position. As with all powerful subtitle software, you can edit the subtitles while previewing the video to avoid the need to go back and forth checking your work. POP Subtitle Editor allows you to export video files with your subtitles with one click.
- Can change the font, size, color, and position of subtitles
- Lets you edit the start and end time for subtitles
- Simple interface
- Can’t change the text and start/end time after they are accepted by the program
Price: $149.90 for all Aura4You software
This Windows-only software is more than just a subtitle adder. Aura Video Editor is a full video editing application. The software allows you to import video files in over 30 different formats. You can export the files in MKV, FLV, and 8 other popular formats. Using Auro Video Editor, you can trim and arrange video clips, create a slideshow from photographs, and add music to the final product.
The program features a simple interface with drag-and-drop functionality. When you are done editing your video, you can opt to burn the final result to DVD or Blu-ray in addition to saving it out to the 10 digital video file formats that are supported.
- Can create movies from videos, photos
- Has multiple effects and transitions
- Simple drag and drop option
- Real-time preview of edits
- Separate subtitles track
- User-friendly interface
- Supports only popular formats
OS: Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista
To read user reviews, click the link below.
Like Aura Video Editor, VideoProc is more than a simple subtitle editor. This full video editing package is hardware accelerated so you can take advantage of your GPU for smooth editing of video files up to 4K resolution. Unlike other software on the list, VideoProc is not free software. You can get a free trial, though, so that you can see if VideoProc is worth the price before you have to spend any money. The software is available for Windows and Mac computers.
- Various video-editing features
- Option to enable/disable subtitles
- Can hardcode or softcode external subtitles
- Online subtitles search
- Can export subtitles from a video
- Can change subtitles position and font (but only when you hardcode subtitles)
- Supports only 3 subtitle formats (.ass, .ssa, .srt)
OS: Windows and Mac
You’ll find user reviews on the website linked below.
This open-source software is available for Windows, Mac, and UNIX operating systems. Aegisub Advanced Subtitle Editor includes powerful tools for styling and editing subtitles files, including a real-time preview for checking your work. The software includes audio waveform viewers to make getting the timing of your subtitles files just right even easier.
Aegisub supports some features that are not available in the SRT file format. Because of this, you can not save directly to SRT if you are using some features that would be lost by saving to that format. It does allow you to export to that format after you have finished editing though.
- Synchronization of subtitles with audio
- Real-time preview
- Tools for styling subtitles
- Translation assistant
- Can be integrated with a spell-checker
- Automatic saving and backups
- Shows audio waveform
- Can be complicated for inexperienced users
OS: Windows, Mac, Unix
Price: $20/month for the Pro version
Kapwing is a full-featured online video editor that includes subtitle-editing tools. It’s easy to start working with this service since the interface is quite simple and you don’t have to sign in at the beginning. Kapwing lets you do all the necessary manipulations with subtitles, like changing their timing, appearance, and position. You can upload an .srt file or create new subtitles right in the editor. Kapwing is not just subtitle making software, it also has various video-editing tools. Another useful function Kapwing provides is creating a workspace to work with your colleagues.
- Can change the font, style, and position of subtitles
- Lets you edit text color, including background and outline color
- Option to upload a video from your computer or paste the URL of a video
- Allows to create a workspace for collaboration
- Has many video-editing tools
- Easy to create new subtitles
- Intuitive interface
- Can start editing without registration
- A sample video with subtitles is provided
- Supports only the SRT format
- The free version has some limitations
OS: Any, works online
Here’s a link to user reviews on the G2 website.
DivXLand Media Subtitler is a freeware app that lets you edit external subtitle files. You can also create new subtitles by uploading a text file that contains only dialog lines in chronological order. The software supports a great variety of subtitle formats. You can use keyboard shortcuts to make the subtitle-editing process faster.
- Can create subtitles from a text file
- Ability to edit subtitle files
- Multi-language interface
- Instant preview without saving
- Can save partially edited files
- Spell-checking in multiple languages
- Supports more than 30 subtitle formats
- Automatic timing correction
- Not possible to create subtitles from scratch, you need to upload a text file
- Can embed subtitles only into AVI videos
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the best programs for adding subtitles to a video:
- Movavi Video Suite
- Subtitle Workshop
- Aura Video Editor
Read the guide link below to learn how to easily add subtitles to a video.
Movavi Video Suite
Everything you need to create and edit multimedia files
- Edit videos and create slideshows
- Capture screencasts or streaming web videos
- Save videos for viewing on mobile devices
- Convert media files and DVDs
* The free version of Movavi Video Suite has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more