How to Use .SRT Files on Kapwing

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A .SRT file (or "Subrip") stores subtitle or caption data. In an .SRT file, individual captions are paired with their start and end time stamp to encode when subtitles or caption should appear in a video.

A screenshot of an opened SRT file in the top right corner superimposed on top of Kapwing's subtitle editor tool, with a red arrow pointing from the "download SRT" button to the screenshot of the SRT file.
What does an .SRT file look like?

On Kapwing, creators can import captions from an existing SRT file and export their subtitles as an SRT file. This article will explain how to use SRT files with Kapwing.

What is a .SRT file used for on Kapwing?

Users who have .SRT files created on a different platform, can upload their .SRT files to add "Open Captions" to videos.

Kapwing Pro users are also able to export an SRT file from Kapwing using the "Download SRT" button.

How to upload a .SRT file to Kapwing?

With Kapwing, you can import captions from an SRT file. This makes it easy to edit an existing SRT file, to correct mistakes or to adjust the text and timings. Kapwing is a popular option for users who want to make changes to their SRT file after they get their transcription.

Kapwing can also burn the SRT text directly into the video itself to create "Open Captions", which viewers are not able to "turn off" like "Closed Captions". If you want captions to show up on your IGTV or Instagram videos, you'll need to add the subtitles directly to the MP4 file before posting. Import the SRT into Kapwing then export to add the text permanently.

Use the "Upload SRT" button to import an SRT file on Kapwing. In Kapwing's Studio:

  1. Upload or paste a link to a video to get started.
  2. Click "Subtitles" in the top toolbar.
  3. Click "Upload .SRT".
  4. Select your .SRT file.
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Where to find the Subtitles tool
A screenshot of subtitle tools with a red square around the "Upload .SRT button"
How to upload your SRT

How to download .SRT files from Kapwing:

Creating and downloading .SRT files is a Kapwing Pro feature, so you will need to upgrade if you have not already.

After you have upgraded to Kapwing Pro and have created your subtitles (manually or with auto-generation), click the "Download SRT" button in the Subtitle tool. A .SRT file will be downloaded to your device.

Screenshot of the left sidebar in the subtitle editor, red square around the "download SRT" button

How can I open a .SRT file?

You can open a .SRT file in Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) to view the plain text, edit, and check for errors.

Windows = Right click on .SRT file > "Open with" > "More apps" > "Notepad"
Mac = Right click on .SRT file > "Open with" > "Other" > "TextEdit"

Where can I use a .SRT file besides Kapwing?

If you do not want to permanently add subtitles to your video, you can use the .SRT file to add closed captions. SRT files can be uploaded as closed captions to other video sharing platforms such as YouTube, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

You can also copy and paste all of the text in your SRT file, transfer it to a word doc or other text editing software, remove the timestamp, and create your own transcript document to share with your viewers.


Most platforms will not accept an SRT file that has overlapping start and end times. Ensure that your start and end timestamps on Kapwing do not overlap if you want to download the SRT for closed captioning.

Most platforms will be unable to parse an SRT files that has a sequence of numbers that look like a timstamp ("10:23.2"). Occasionally, we've has psalm or bible verse numbers cause an error. Insert spaces or use dashes instead to add subtitles like this in your SRT file.

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