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How to Add Subtitles to a Video

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 23, 2019

If you’re going to create a slideshow or greeting card video, you’ll probably want to include captions or title overlays that let you comment on what the viewer is seeing, in addition to images, videos, and music. What you need is an efficient video editing software program that enables you to permanently embed subtitles in your video as well as control their display duration, the fonts and colors used, and the size of the text. Movavi Video Editor provides an easy way to do all this! Drawing on the library of more than 20 simple and animated caption styles, you can add an extra dimension to your video by calling attention to the most important elements in your movie or slideshow.

Adding permanent subtitles to your video is really easy. Just download Movavi Video Editor for Windows or Mac OS.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create a video with hard subtitles.

Install Movavi Video Editor to Add Captions to a Video

When the download is complete, launch the file and follow the software instructions to install the subtitle adder.

Add Your Video to the Video Maker App

Open our subtitle embedder and choose Create project in full feature mode. After that, click Add Media Files on the main panel and locate the video files you want to edit. Those files will be added to the Timeline automatically.

Add Titles and Callouts

Click the Titles tab on the left to access the list of available simple (basic) or animated (artistic) caption styles to use as your video subtitles. To decide which title styles suit you best, you can preview them in the media player window by clicking their icons. Once you’ve chosen the desired style, simply drag it to the timeline. You can move the subtitles around the timeline until they’re in the desired positions. To enter your text, double-click the inserted title on the timeline, then double-click the sample text in the preview window and type or paste your text. Move the caption along the video frame to make it as legible and appropriate for the video as possible.

Another thing you can do is add some graphic symbols to your video. Go to the Callouts tab and choose from a wide variety of animated symbols: arrows, speech bubbles, geometric shapes, etc. Callouts are especially useful if you're making an educational video. You can add callouts to the timeline and then edit them exactly the same way as you'll edit titles.

Adjust the Titles and Callouts

To enter the editing mode, double-click a title or a callout on the timeline. Now you can adjust your caption or callout in the preview window:

  • click the Clip properties button to adjust the duration and speed of the title animation.
  • click the Font properties button to select the desired font family and specify the text size, appearance, and alignment.
  • the Color properties button allows you to set the desired color for the whole text, particular words, and outline. Just click the text box in the preview window and choose the color you want. You can also adjust the outline width in the field above the preview window. If you’ve chosen one of the artistic titles, you may want to change the decoration color. To do this, click the decorations outside the text box and choose your preferred color.

To apply the changes, click Apply in the upper right corner of the program interface.

Save Your Video

All you need to do is to save the clip in one of more than 180 supported media formats: you can create subtitles for AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV and many more. Click Export, select the Save As Video tab at the top of the pop-up window. If you want to play a video on a portable device, select the appropriate tab and use one of the presets for iPhone, Xbox, and other devices. Click Start to save the video.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to add text to an iPhone video?

You can use Movavi Clips to add text to an iPhone video. To add captions, click the Text tab in your app. Enter the text you want to use and place it anywhere on the video. Adjust the size, choose the font and color of your caption. Select the clip you want to apply it to and save the changes. Use Movavi Clips on your iPhone and your iPad.

Learn more about Movavi's video-editing app for iPhone

How to add subtitles to a video for free?

To add subtitles to your video, try Free Video Editor. Download the program at no charge and open the video to which you want to add subtitles. Click the Titles tab and choose your preferred option from the list of text styles shown. You can edit the text, too: choose the color, size, and font. Click the Export button to save your video.

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