Ever watched a movie, TV show, or YouTube video and found yourself wondering what the heck was going on? Or maybe you’re hearing a foreign language that shakes you up. Whatever the case, these subtitles are great for helping you understand what is happening in your favorite film. Video subtitles come in an almost infinite variety of formats with varying levels of difficulty and accuracy depending on the viewer’s experience and preferences. As a result, they have proven beneficial for students learning English and avid watchers of movies, videos, news reports, and more.
Video subtitles are an excellent way to add context and meaning to your video. They can help viewers understand what is happening, learn more about the person who is speaking, or just provide extra information without stopping watching. The best part of all? If you choose the right setting for your video, the subtitles will automatically appear. But what does that mean? Before you delve into how you can get started with this fascinating feature, pay attention to the various ways to Add Subtitles to a Video.
- [AUTOMATIC] Video Subtitles
Use this setting to have video subtitles automatically appear when you begin watching a video, just as they appear in real life. If you’re using a computer with Windows or Mac, the service will be made available to use. This option is especially significant if you want your subtitles to follow many other videos on the same channel.
- [DYNAMIC] Video Subtitles
This setting is beneficial when you have a text overlay or audiobook. If the text is long, you will have enough time to read it without watching a video first. On the other hand, if you want subtitles while watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and many other sources, this option will work well for you.
- [FALLBACK] Video Subtitles
This setting serves as a backup for the above two. In addition, it will be helpful to those who only prefer subtitles on some videos and not all.
If you choose to have your video subtitles appear automatically, you can rest assured that this feature will work without fail. To make sure everything goes smoothly, check out the following instructions:
- First, click on the gear icon and select “Subtitles/CC.”
- Click on “Auto-generate timed text.”
- Select your preferred language.
- It is best to turn on “Auto-download subtitles from the Web.” This feature will ensure that you have the latest updates and integrate them easily with your chosen video service.
Select a subtitle file format click the drop-down menu under “Subtitle Duration.” There are five different formats to pick from:
- [MP3] –
These subtitles are commonly used when you want to add a soundtrack to your video. These subtitles can be used together with the [AUTOMATIC] or [DYNAMIC] setting.
- [OGG] –
These subtitles are suitable for those looking for an alternative to the above format. While these subtitles cannot be used with timed text, you can use them in other ways, such as adding them to a video with no sound.
- [SUB] –
It is the most commonly used format of video subtitles. This format allows the subtitles to be displayed through any video player. However, these subtitles are not compatible with other services that cannot use timed text.
- [SRT] –
It is an option for those who want their subtitles to appear like a subtitle page rather than as a text-based image. It is especially great for those who do not want their subtitle images to show up on their computer’s screen when they don’t want them to. However, this format will be incompatible with the above formats and with timed text.
- [SUBSTAT] –
This option is a bit different from the rest. It works similarly to the [SUB] option, except it allows you to add timed subtitles to your video. The subtitles will only appear if your video is playing and will not interfere with the other subtitles you added when using the [AUTOMATIC] or [DYNAMIC] setting.
If you have trouble selecting a subtitle file format, more available options are under “Subtitle Source.” The available choices are as follows:
- If you’re using a computer with Windows or Mac, you can use the built-in options for online services such as YouTube and Vimeo.
- You can also select “Other” to find subtitles from other sources, such as your files on a hard drive or DVD.
You should now be able to enjoy your favorite video in a new and exciting way by adding the proper subtitles to it. Video subtitles are a great feature that adds meaning and context to your video. They can be customized in many ways, so feel free to do so based on your preferences. While these subtitles can be used for any purpose, learning English and understanding movie dialogue will benefit significantly from them.