How to burn subtitles into video

First of all, let's compare softsubs vs hardsubs. The former are also known as closed captions. They are created as a separate file (usually .SRT) and can be turned on and off as you wish. That may be very convenient if you want your video to be available for users from different countries, but this solution has some drawbacks as well. For example, the shooting and captions may be unsynced, or a user might have to download subtitles separately, upload them to the player, and face various technical issues.

Hardcoded subtitles (also known as open) are burnt into the file and can’t be removed or turned off. Yes, they provide little choice, rather no choice at all, but they can never go out of sync, disappear, become incompatible with a player you use, etc. They also never require any additional manipulations and setting up.

You’ll need a special tool to embed subtitles into video — and we just have the right one.

The Clideo service works online, which makes it compatible with all operating systems and device types. It has a range of single-functioned tools, developed for performing only one editing action. This makes them user-friendly and intuitively comprehensive. Have a look at the subtitle tool.

  1. Upload a video to the tool

    Open the Subtitle Creator in any browser and hit the "Choose file" button to upload a visual from your device or cloud storage account of your choice.

    Add hardcoded subtitles into video

    Now, you can generate subtitles automatically, add them manually, or import them from an .SRT file.

    Select how to add hardcoded subtitles into video
  2. Edit subtitles

    Whatever you choose, you’ll be transferred to the editing pane, where you can add, edit, and delete subtitles, change their order and timing.

    Add hardcoded subtitles manually

    You can also change the font, its size and background style.

    Change style of hardcoded subtitles

    If you created subtitles from scratch, it’s a good idea to save them as an .SRT file before processing the project further. This could also be helpful if you need to translate your subtitles.

    Translate or get srt with hardcoded subtitles

    Remember to set up an output format. MP4 and MOV are the best choices for posting your project online, as they are compatible with most video platforms and social media.

    Change format for video with hardcoded subtitles

    When you are done, hit "Export" and let the tool do its job.

    Export video with hardcoded subtitles
  3. Save the project

    That’s the last moment when you can remove hardcoded subtitles from your video or alter them: just click the "Edit" button and return to the previous screen. If you like what you see and want to save the result, download your project with embedded subtitles.

    Download video with hardcoded subtitles

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