What are the best solutions to add subtitles to a video?

Since the autoplay of videos set up by Facebook, captioning and subtitling has become the norm on the web. But...

March 30, 2020

Since the autoplay of videos set up by Facebook, captioning and subtitling has become the norm on the web. But how do you subtitle a video? It sounds simple and yet it’s not… I’m going to present you 4 solutions to add subtitles or captions to a video.

1. YouTube and its automatic subtitling solution

Advantages: Free, pleasant interface
The downside: Need to correct all the subtitles, obligation to post your video on Youtube and the posting of the subtitles does not respect the meaning of the sentence.

For some time now YouTube has been offering us automatic subtitling for our videos. Unfortunately the solution is far from being magical and requires going back. But it allows us to have a working basis. So to use this solution you must already agree to put your video on YouTube.

After putting your video on YouTube it is necessary to wait a little before it is fully uploaded and subtitles are generated. Then you go to Creator Studio and select “video manager”. → “videos” → then click on the title of the video in question.

Then in the menu at the top of the video you will see a “subtitles” tab. Just click on it. YouTube will then ask you to specify the language spoken mainly in the video.

You should see to the right of the video a language with automatic subtitles. By clicking on it you will be able to correct and modify the subtitle file.

2. Aegisub, the complete but complex solution

Aegisub Interface

Aegisub is an open-source software available on PC, Mac and Linus via this link: Aegisub Advanced Subtitle Editor. It’s an excellent software to create subtitles for a video. Today, the idea is not to give you a complete tutorial of Aegisub but to introduce you to the software in general terms.

Here are the steps to create a subtitle with Aegisub :

To create a subtitle you select the last line and click enter. You type in the text. Then on the audio track you select the beginning of the subtitle with a click and the end with a right-click.

3. Checksub, automatically add subtitles to your videos with a qualitative result

When we talk about automatic subtitling we can see different solutions. For example, the Youtube one we showed above generates an SRT file. Often this one contains errors that must be modified. The problem is that a modification in an SRT file often leads to cascading changes. As soon as the content of a subtitle is modified it is necessary to readjust its time codes.

This quickly becomes time-consuming and when you want a quality work you spend more time correcting the work done by Youtube than starting from scratch. And generally it’s the same problem with all automatic subtitling tools.

But the new checksub tool has the advantage of offering a very different methodology. And the result is quite impressive when you want to add subtitles to a video.

To test it you can create a free account.

Projects of less than 2 minutes are free. In this case there is a small watermark on the first and last 10 seconds of the video.
So to automatically subtitle your video start with :

This is an excellent solution if you have a limited budget for your project but still want quality subtitling.

Easily create your subtitles

Upload a video

4. Or you may want to use a professional captioning and subtitling service.

If you have little time or you want subtitling in a foreign language and therefore with translation you can entrust your project to professionals. Several services offer subtitling, but quality is not always guaranteed. Checksub.com also offers this service relying only on professional subtitlers. The other advantage is that everything is done online.

You can get a quote directly from this page: Prices for professional subtitling and captioning

Then the principle is simple to add your subtitles to your video:

order professional subtitling
upload your video to add subtitles
get the price of your subtitling project
Specify the language of the video and the subtitles that you want.
Burn-in subtitle in a video
Embedding subtitles in a video

This option allows you to export your video by embedding subtitles in the image.

Online Subtitle Editor

You receive an .srt file (or other format) or if you have taken the option you can export your video by overlaying the subtitles (burn-in) with the desired style.

Export your video with integrated subtitles

Now you have the keys to subtitle your videos more easily 🙂

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