Free Online Subtitle Software
Why Add Subtitles to Video?
Did you know that 85% of Facebook videos are watched with the SOUND OFF? (DigiDay). With this in mind, make sure your point comes across via text⎼Graham Mudd, Director of Monetization Product Marketing at Facebook, says that as many as 40% of Facebook ads do not effectively communicate their message without captions, and that’s a huge reason why you should add subtitles to video (Business Insider).
Almost 30 million American adults are deaf or heard of hearing, and for many others, captions improve their understanding of what they’re listening to. For international viewers, translated subtitles allow non-native speakers to understand your content, expanding your global audience (uscreen).
When you add subtitles to video, you also increase viewer engagement. On average, without captions, viewers will watch 66% of a video, but with subtitles, viewers will watch videos to 91% completion, a whopping 25 percentage point increase (BusinessWire).
Here are a couple tips:
Make sure the text is big and easy to read from a mobile device. 16px is popular for main text while secondary text should be smaller, around 14px, so a distinction can be seen (learnui). And make sure the text is on the screen long enough. It is recommended that no more than two lines of text be displayed at a time, and for a minimum of 0.3 seconds for each word (BBC). For example, the caption “Hi, we’re Headliner and our app helps you add subtitles to video for free” should be on the screen for at least 4.2 seconds. We suggest rounding this to 5 seconds.
How Does The App Work?
Autogenerates from video or audio file
It’s as simple as drag and drop or uploading. Captions will autogenerate from video or audio files and you’ll be ready to edit in no time.
The app supports video and audio MOV, MP4, MP3, and WAV formats, and exports finished projects as an MP4 file.
Check out this article on how to use the subtitle generator:
Edit the subtitles in the editor
To edit the subtitles in the editor, simply click the transcript tab and select the caption you’d like to change. Once the subtitle generator is finished, you can also edit when captions will appear and how long they stay on the screen.
Check out this in-depth Headliner article on how to edit captions once the subtitle generator has created subtitles for video:
Embed permanently or download
Once the app auto generates subtitles, they can be embed permanently so they are always viewable, or download (VTT format) and import them into your favorite video editing software such as iMovie and Youtube for closed captioning.
Share videos on social media
The first step is to download your video. To do this, follow the steps in this article:
Afterwards, check out these articles on how to share videos on social media:
- To share videos on Youtube, click here
- To share videos on Facebook, click here
- To share videos on Twitter, click here
- To share videos on Instagram, click here
- To share videos on Snapchat, click here
Headliner makes it easy to create subtitles for video, and some other great things about the app are that it’s online and doesn’t require installation, works for Mac, Windows, and Chromebook, and it’s free!