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How to Add Subtitles to a Video

Edited by Ben Jacklin

April 26, 2021

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 editing software program that enables you to add subtitles to videos as well as set the font, color, and size of the text. 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 Mac OS.

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to add subtitles to a video permanently.

Install Movavi Video Editor Plus to Add Captions to a Video

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

Add Your Video to the Video Maker App

Open our subtitle embedder and choose New Project. 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

How to add subtitles in Movavi Video Editor Plus? 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 Callouts tab and choose from a wide variety of animated symbols: arrows, speech bubbles, geometric shapes, and more. Callouts are especially useful if you're making an educational video. You can add callouts to the Timeline and edit them exactly the same way as you'd 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 hard 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.

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How to Add Subtitles to a Video for Free?

If you want to add subtitles to a video for free, you can do it with YouTube. The YouTube service automatically adds transcripts to all videos uploaded to the platform. Of course, the accuracy is not perfect, but even subtitles like these can be useful. You can upload your video privately and delete it after you’re finished with it if you don’t intend to keep it on YouTube.

Follow our guide on how to add subtitles on YouTube:

  1. Log in to YouTube. Click the Video camera icon in the upper-right corner of the page and select Upload video.
  2. On the next screen, select a video to upload. You will be prompt to set your listing preferences. If you’re not going to keep the video on YouTube, select Private or Unlisted.
  3. Open YouTube Studio, click Videos in the menu on the left, and click on the preview of your uploaded clip.
  4. On the video details page that opens, click Subtitles. Most likely, your video has already been transcribed and has auto captions. Auto captions are often inaccurate, so first you’ll need to edit them. On the same page, open the Details menu and switch to the More Options tab. Find the English by YouTube (automatic) bubble, click on it, and select Edit on Classic Studio.
  5. On the caption editing page that opens, click Edit. Now you can make changes to the captions on the left: add punctuation, capitalization, correct misspellings, etc.
  6. When you’re done editing, click Save changes. If you plan to publish your video, delete the auto captions: select them and click Unpublish, then Delete draft.
  7. Go back to the Subtitles page and find the newly added captions. Open the Options menu, select Download, and choose the appropriate format for the subtitles. You will be able to use the downloaded file as external subtitles.
  8. If you plan to keep the video on YouTube, don’t forget to change your listing preferences from Private to Public. If you don’t need the video any longer, you can delete it from YouTube.