How to Add Subtitles and Captions to Video

Sunday May 9, 2021 2:56 PM PDT by Karen Greene

Add subtitles to movies, videos within minutes using FilmForth, a user-friendly video editor. Don’t hold back and take advantage of subtitle customizations that it has to offer. Subtitles are a great way to provide access to a larger audience, catering to an extensive demographic. The viewers feel inclusive while you get access to a broader market. Consequently, you get room for experimenting in unexplored artistic directions.

Many viewers prefer the real audio over the English or their native language dub. They rely on subtitles to understand everything, and according to some, that’s the real way to watch it. When you are creating content, subtitles can be included as an option for the audience unfamiliar with the language in the video. Modern video editors have made it incredibly easy to add subtitles.

What are subtitles? Hardsub or Softsub?

What are Subtitles and Captions

Subtitles are the text that appears, generally at the bottom of the screen while a video is being played. It consists of either transcripts or screenplays from the scripts concerning dialogues or commentary.

You find them in TV shows, movies, documentaries, videogames, and other forms of visual content. People interchangeably use subtitles and captions without realizing the fundamental difference in their purpose.

While also appearing as the text for audio cues, captions cannot be heard by people with hearing disabilities. For instance, a door closed in a scene would appear in the caption as “[Door closed]” on the screen.

The bottom line is, subtitles are for translating from one language to another. While captions describe the events in a scene, that may be difficult for a few to comprehend.

Hardsub and Softsub – What are they?

Hardsubs are the kind of subtitles that are embedded into the video. They cannot be hidden or disabled. Generally ideal for watching on smartphones and other similar devices. There are no separate subtitles files for the video.

On the other hand, softsubs are the opposite of Hardsubs. They are simple text, along with the scene timing information. As a result, subtitles are available separately in subtitle formats such as AST, SRT, and SSA. Softsubs can be hidden, enabled, or disabled through the video player settings.

Why We Need to Add Subtitles to a Video

Subtitles have a bridge gap between the content and audience of different language demographics.

Take a look at Spanish masterpieces such as Narcos, which premiered on Netflix with the majority of dialogues in Spanish, accompanying English subtitles. The viewers received the show with zest. Subtitles help keep the authenticity of the scene intact while reaching a broader audience to showcase the content.

Another great example would be Animes. Majorly in Japanese, but that has not deterred the aficionados from watching them using subtitles.

It helps keep the essence and vision of the creators while understanding virtually all the nuisances.

How to Add Subtitles and Captions to Video via FilmForth

Adding subtitles should be as easy as jotting down sentences in a word document. FilmForth can do just that without requiring to go through the trouble of complex settings.

Features of FilmForth

  • Add Subtitles with One-click

Use the text menu shortcut for adding subtitles to the video, located in the timeline feed. A box will appear on the screen after clicking on the Add Text button, and you can add text right away.

  • Different fonts for Subtitles

FilmForth packs over a dozen subtitles of its own, which can be applied right away. On top of that, you have all the fonts installed on your computer under the System fonts section.

  • Set duration for Subs

Set up individual duration for each subtitle according to the script. Use the seeker bar to set the start and end of a subtitle. Or, take advantage of the shortcut and calibrate the size of the subtitle bar for setting its duration.

Many free video editors embed their logo on the exported video. That’s not the case with Filmforth, which leaves it up to the users to decide.

How to Add Subtitles/captions Free using FilmForth

Step 1. Install FilmForth from the Microsft store. Do not trust any third-party sources for installing it. Keep the subtitles and the timings in one place. It will help add subtitles to the video swiftly and efficiently.

Step 2. Launch FilmForth from the start menu shortcut, and create a new project by clicking on the New Project button.

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How to Add Subtitles and Captions to Video

Step 3. Import a video by using the Add Video/Photo Clips button. The drag and drop feature can do the same. Click on the text menu shortcut from the timeline feed.

Step 4. Another way to access the menu is through the Text button from the project home screen. From here we can learn more about pic to pic.

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Text Menu Button

Step 5. We reach the text menu, click on the Add Text button. A text box will appear on the video in the video preview window.

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Step 6. After that, click on the Edit Text button from the tools dashboard, and you can now add subtitles to the video.

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Add Subtitles Video

Get to know the Text Menu

  • Position the subtitle anywhere on the screen, using the mouse pointer and dragging it around.
  • The box on the right side, pointed by the arrow A, is where you add the text that will appear as the subtitle.
  • You have the choice of fonts from the plethora of options, denoted by the arrow B.
  • Go a notch down, and you can also change the color of the subtitles, denoted by the arrow C.
  • Below the subtitle, color are the shadows, strike, and background of the subtitle.
  • When you want to change the alignment, head to the Alignment menu, located at the left of the font menu.

When everything looks in the palace, hit the back button to save the subtitles. You can always come back and change them.

Conclusion

Add subtitles and captions with ease. Keep your scripts, the accompanying timesheet ready, and it is a cakewalk with video editors like FilmForth.

Add hard subs, and you wouldn’t need to worry about compatible media players. Make sure to use cohesive fonts that don’t feel out of place on the videos. Experiment with different fonts and take the help of Google if needed.

Karen Greene

Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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