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3 Recommended Ways to Create SRT File on Windows/Mac

by Kayla Morrison • 2020-09-29 10:38:22 • Proven solutions

Lip-reading is an art and if you are worried about not being good at this art and want to enjoy some video or movie in other languages, no worries as SRT is there to your rescue. Having movie translations in different languages is a costly affair and thus avoided the majority of the time. In such situations creating SRT helps a lot as it facilitates creating subtitles of the video in your language with appropriate feel, goal, and slang. The next question is how to create SRT files? The following parts of the topic discuss various tools to create SRT files.

Part 1. How to Create Subtitles for a Video via YouTube

If you videos to be uploaded to your YouTube account subtitles, YouTube itself works as a subtitle creator tool. Know the steps on how to create subtitles using YouTube. YouTube also allows uploading SRT subtitles to already posted videos.

Step 1: If you wish to add subtitles to a video that is not yet uploaded, first of all, upload the file to YouTube as unlisted. For the videos that are already posted, choose the Video Manager option

Step 2: Next after the video file is uploaded click on the Edit option of the video. From the main editing window, choose Subtitles and CC option

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Step 3: Auto-subtitle of the video is attempted by YouTube but the majority of the time they are not correct. So here select the English (Automatic) option to correct it. In place of adding or fixing the captions, you can also upload the transcript file.

Step 4: Next, hit on the Edit button above the captions for editing them as needed. You can delete the not wanted captions, add the missing ones, fix the others, and also adjust the timings.

Step 5: Next, when all settings are done, choose the Publish option and a message saying "This will overwrite the existing subtitles" will appear. Click on the Publish option to continue. Again select the newly edited subtitles which appear under the English (Automatic) option

Step 6: Expand the drop-down menu at Actions and choose .srt. The SRT subtitle file will download to your PC.

Thus YouTube works as a decent subtitle creator for new as well as already posted videos.

Part 2. How to Create .srt File on Mac

If you wish to create subtitles for video on your Mac video, listed below are the steps.

Step 1: On your Mac system, open a new file in the TextEdit program

Step 2: Next start with writing "1" as the first caption and then hit the enter button

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Step 3: Next, write the start and the end time code in hours: minutes: seconds, milliseconds-- > hours: minutes: seconds, milliseconds format, and then hit the enter button. Example- 00:00:00,000 -- > 00:00:04,440

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Step 4: Enter your captions in the next line and it is recommended to keep 32 character limits. It is advisable to keep 2 lines per caption that makes it easy to read without occupying much screen space. Ensure to enter your subtitles within captioning guidelines.

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Step 5: When the last line is done, click on the enter button twice. To have new caption sequences leave a blank line in between.

Step 6: Next after the blank line write 2 and start with the second caption with its time and content. These steps can be repeated until the entire transcript is written.

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Step 7: Open the Format menu and choose the Make Plain Text option. Next move to the File > Save option. Then use Save As to type the file name and change the .txt extension to .srt format

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Step 8: Also uncheck the boxes at “Hide extension” and “If no extension is provided, use “.txt”. option at the bottom left corner.

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Step 9: Finally, hit on the Save button and your subtitles are ready.

Thus it can be said that the TextEdit program works as a good subtitle creator Mac.

Part 3. How to Free Create Subtitles on Windows

If you want to create a subtitle file on your Windows system then Notepad can be used as SRT creator using the steps mentioned above for the Mac. The steps for writing the captions are similar to that of the Mac, and the only difference lies while saving the file. Once the file is created on the Notepad, go to File > Save. Then at the File Name, give the desired name and use .srt extension at the end. Choose All Files under Save as a type and finally hit on the Save button.

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Alternatively, there are several sites to create srt files online like Amara, DotSub, Universal Subtitler, and others. Using these and other sites you can watch the movie while subtitles are written. The format for these sites includes selecting the start time for the subtitle, content of the subtitle, and the ending time. Multiple captions can be written for a movie and upon completion, the SRT file can be downloaded to the system and saved to the folder having the movie file.

Part 4. How to Add SRT File to Videos (Further Reading)

Once the SRT subtitle files are created, the next big task is to insert these videos into your desired video file, and for this, we recommend Wondershare UniConverter as an ideal tool. This excellent software can be installed on your Windows or Mac system and it allows adding the local SRT file to your choice of videos in an array of formats like MP4, MOV, M4V, and many others. The font color, size, type, style, transparency, position, outline color, and the outline width of the subtitle can also be selected. Option to create subtitles online is also available using the software.

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How to Add SRT Subtitles Using Wondershare UniConverter

Step 1 Add videos to the software and choose Subtitle option

Launch the software on your PC and add the video to which subtitle file needs to be added by clicking on the Subtitle option on the Video Editor tab. A pop-up window will open from where choose the Subtitle tab.

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Step 2 Import locally saved SRT file

Clicking on the button will allow browsing and adding a local SRT file on your system. To download the subtitles online, click on the search button.

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Step 3 Choose subtitle font, size, and other features

Once the SRT file is added, choose the font, color, size, type, transparency, and outline for the font. Clicking on the OK button will confirm the settings.

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Step 4 Choose the video output format and add SRT

The output format can be kept the same as the original file or can be changed from the options available at the Output Format tab. Finally, click on the Start All button to start converting and adding the SRT files to your video. The processed video file can be checked from the Finished tab on the interface.

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The article above deals with all your queries on how to create and add subtitles to a video using the best tools.


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