How to add subtitles to a video

Edited by Ben Jacklin

August 24, 2021

If you want to know how to add subtitles to a video, you're not alone. There are plenty of people that need to add subtitles to a video quickly and easily, and this guide will look at several subtitle adder apps and tools you can use to add captions to a video.



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Movavi Video Editor PlusWindows, MacAdding creative titles, advanced video editing
FastreelWeb-basedAdding subtitles in the SRT format, basic video editing
ClideoWeb-basedAdding an SRT file to a video, editing subtitles
Movavi ClipsiOS, AndroidAdding text to short videos
MySubtitleiOSAdding text and pictures to videos

How to add subtitles to a video with Movavi Video Editor Plus

To add subtitles to a video with Movavi Video Editor Plus is an easy way out! 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 Plus for Windows or macOS.

Step 1. Install Movavi Video Editor Plus

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

Step 2. Add your video to the video maker app

Click Add Files on the main panel and locate the video files you want to edit. Those files will be added to the Media Bin automatically. Drag and drop your videos into the Timeline.

Step 3. Add titles and stickers

Click the Titles tab on the left to access the list of available simple (basic) or animated (artistic) caption styles to permanently embed 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.

Now that you’ve finished adding subtitles to your video, you might want to add some graphic symbols, too. Go to the Stickers tab and choose from a wide variety of animated symbols: arrows, speech bubbles, geometric shapes, and more. Stickers are especially useful if you're making an educational video. You can add stickers to the Timeline and edit them exactly the same way as you'd edit titles.

Step 4. Adjust the titles and stickers

To enter the editing mode, double-click a title or a sticker on the Timeline. Now you can adjust your caption or sticker:

  • open the Text tab to select the desired font family and specify the text size, appearance, and alignment.
  • open the Clip tab to adjust the duration and speed of the title animation. You can set the desired color for the whole text, particular words, and outline, and also adjust the outline width.

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

Step 5. 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 hard subtitles for AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, and many more. Click Export and select an output format on the Save Video File tab. 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.

How to make subtitles for a video online

Fastreel is a simple online video-editing tool you can use directly in your browser with no need for any downloads or installations. It works with MP4 files of up to 500 MB in size, and it's a very simple solution for people looking for how to add closed captioning to a video online.

How to use Fastreel to add subtitles to a video

  1. Head to the Fastreel free online tool.
    Go to the Fastreel website
  2. Click Add Your File to upload your video to the site. You can use videos in MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, and MP4 format, up to 500MB in size, and it's important to note that if your video runs longer than an hour, you can only add video captions for the first hour.
  3. The next step of the process is to click on the Upload SRT button and then select the SRT (subtitle) file you want to include in your video. You can use this online subtitling software to make changes to the subs, adjusting the font, size, color, style, and position of the text to suit your own preferences and needs. You can also press the Download SRT button to save your edited subfile for later.
  4. Once you're happy with the subtitles, press the Export Result button. An export window will appear, giving you several options for how you want to save and download your new video with the subtitles added permanently.

If you want to caption a video online, Clideo is another tool you can use. It's a fully-featured tool for video editing with subtitles, allowing you to create subtitles manually or add an existing SRT file to add text captions to a clip of your choosing. You can also use it to edit your subtitles, changing the font size, color, position, and so on.

Here’s how to add subtitles using Clideo:

  1. Head to the Clideo online page.
    Go to the Clideo website
  2. Click the blue Choose File button to add the video you want to generate subtitles for or add an SRT file to.
  3. Once your video has loaded into the system, you can use Clideo's interface to produce new subtitles manually, or simply upload a separate SRT file. Adding SRT files is quick and easy with this online tool. You can also then edit the subtitles, using Clideo's features to adjust font, size, alignment, brightness, and so on.
  4. Once you've added your subtitles, you can continue to save and download your new video file. Clideo will also offer the possibility to convert your new movie into other formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, and MKV. You can also download the file to your device or send it to a cloud storage system, like Dropbox or Google Drive.

How to create subtitles on an iPhone

If you want to know how to make subtitles for a video on your iPhone, Movavi Clips is the app you need. It's a simple and fast video editor app that can be used to add music, crop and cut video, and make or add subtitles too.

How to add subtitles using Movavi Clips

  1. Download the Movavi Clips app to your iPhone and open the app when you're ready to use it for adding subtitles.
    Download Movavi Clips
  2. Tap the Plus icon, then Video and choose the video you want to add subtitles to from your device and wait for it to load into the app. Then, tap on the Text feature to add text and use the built-in editing tools to move text around, adjust font style, size, and color, too.
  3. When you're finished, tap the Save icon in the upper-right part of the screen to save the new video to your device.

MySubtitle is another iPhone and iPad app that can be used for adding subtitles to your videos. It's designed exclusively with subtitle editing and creation in mind, so it's perfect for people who are focused on adding captions to clips. You can use it to add precisely timed subtitles in different font sizes, styles, and colors to suit your needs.

How to add subtitles to a video with MySubtitle

  1. Download and install the MySubtitle app to your iPhone.
    Download MySubtitle
  2. Open the app and click the Camera button to select the movie you want to add or make a new one directly with the camera.
  3. Press the Text button at the bottom to open the subtitles menu and then use the various tools available to enter your text, choose the font, adjust the size and location, and so on.
  4. When you're ready, you can play the movie to preview your subtitles and then save it to My Album by pressing Save Video.

Adding subtitles to a video might seem like a challenge at first, but it's actually really easy with the help of apps like Fastreel and Movavi Clips. Try each of the apps in our list to find the best way to add subtitles to your videos.

* The free version of Movavi Video Editor Plus 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

Frequently asked questions

How can I put subtitles on a video?

There are many apps and tools you can use to add subtitles to a video, including both online apps and downloadable apps for devices like iPhones, Windows computers, and Android tablets. We recommend using a trusted app like Fastreel, Clideo, Movavi Clips, or MySubtitle.

How can I add subtitles to a video for free?

You can use Adobe® Spark® to add subtitles to a video for free with the following steps:

  1. Upload videos from your device to Adobe® Spark®.
  2. Add subtitles and adjust font and text size as needed in the app.
  3. Download your new video with the subtitles to play or share.

Can you add subtitles to a video online?

You can use Fastreel to add subtitles to videos online. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Fastreel website.
  2. Add a video to the Fastreel app by clicking the Add Your File button.
  3. Click Upload SRT to add your subtitle SRT file and make any edits.
  4. Save your video and export it to your device.