Edited by Pat Bitton
January 30, 2020
A Look at the Best Subtitle Editors
Subtitles are used by a wide range of people. The hearing-impaired require them in order to be able to understand a video. People who do not fully understand the language spoken in the video also require them to be able to follow along. Some people who can hear fine still prefer subtitles because they reduce the chances that they will misunderstand the dialogue.
This makes subtitle editing an important part of the production process in order to attract the most viewers to your video. Subtitle editing can be a tedious process, which is why it is so important to have the right subtitle software. A good subtitle editor will reduce the tedium of creating subtitles for your video so that you can work more efficiently and with less burnout. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the best programs for creating 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 to 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.
This open-source subtitle editing software is licensed under the GPL. It requires the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment to run. You will also need the MPlayer video player to preview your work and the Aspell library for spell-checking. It features an optimizing algorithm to help fix timing inconsistencies and will allow you to automatically handle frame rate conversions that would otherwise through 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.
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.
This software is a freeware program for Windows users only. It allows you to edit subtitles in most of the popular formats. It is designed to be relatively easy to use, offering a quick menu of options that allow you to fix common problems with subtitles. Some of the more advanced fixes may require some experimenting to get the hang of. Some of the problems it solves include converting to different subtitle formats and synchronizing the subtitles to the movie more closely.
Like the other subtitle programs, this one allows you to easily preview your work by playing the movie file while you are editing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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