Add Subtitles to Video

Create and animate subtitles for any video online in just a few clicks

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Get your viewers watching until the end

Capture people’s attention the second they lay their eyes on your content. The last thing you want is for people to scroll past the video you spent hours creating and editing. In just a few clicks, Kapwing’s Magic Subtitles tool adds animated subtitles on your videos so they’re more engaging and accessible. The editor allows you to customize and add effects to make the subtitles pop up or fade in, then burn subtitles into the video directly so the captions appear anywhere the video gets shared to. It’s a win-win for everyone: viewers find your content entertaining and you get your message across.

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Word-by-word subtitles. In one click.

Let us do the work for you. Magic Subtitles simplifies the process of creating captions by using AI to auto-generate the video transcript, then animating the subtitles with a single click. Choose from a range of trending social media text styles or customize them to stay on-brand with your own colors and fonts. Edit the rest of the video in our full-fledged video editor, then share it on social media, podcasting platforms, landing pages, or anywhere else.

How to Add Subtitles to a Video Online

Add Subtitles to Video
  1. Upload your video

    Upload a video directly to Kapwing from your computer or mobile device. You can also paste a link to a video. This will be the video that will be subtitled either manually or with an automatic API.

  2. Add your subtitles

    Use our AI tools to automatically transcribe your captions or add the text and time them yourself for maximum precision. Once the captions are written, adjust the start and end times to ensure they exactly match the speakers from the video.

  3. Share your subtitled video

    Watch, download, and share your subtitled video on social media. Get ready for increased engagement due to the increased accessibility of your video!

Add subtitles to video without downloading anything

With upwards of a billion videos supported by subtitles, it’s safe to say adding subtitles to videos is almost standard practice now. But how do we do that without having our phone crash when we’re editing or our computer using more storage after installing heavy video-editing software?

Never worry about having a strong enough computer to add subtitles, animated or not, to your video again. Use Kapwing's AI-powered Magic Subtitles tool to auto-generate subtitles and animate them directly online. Create subtitles automatically, then adjust the auto-generated subtitles so they’re perfectly matched to the audio in your video.

If you’d rather manually create your subtitles, you can. Simply listen to your video play and add text at the right moments to make your subtitles as accurate as possible. With Kapwing, you are in full control of your content.

Kapwing lets you adjust the text font, size, color, position, and background of your subtitles all in one place. You can move the subtitles anywhere on the video, or even resize your video so that the subtitles fit exactly where you need them.

Animate subtitles to create a word-by-word effect that’s common on social media and podcasting platforms like TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Choose from various subtitle animations including color, reveal, highlight, and bounce.

Do you already have your subtitles handy in the form of a SRT file? Kapwing also supports adding SRT to the video! Just upload your SRT file and Kapwing will do the rest of the work to burn the subtitles directly into your video. It’s that easy.

Closed captioning is becoming more and more popular even for viewers who do not face challenges with hearing. Captions are important for today's viewers watching video on phones in crowded or outdoor places, where hearing the audio may not be convenient. The Kapwing subtitle editor allows you to add and edit captions that will appear on your video, wherever it gets posted. This subtitle video tool was designed to make content more accessible, engaging, and compelling no matter what kind of video you're making.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I put subtitles on a video for free?

The right way to put subtitles onto a video for free is with Kapwing, an online subtitle generator that allows you to burn subs directly into your video for free. There are many online editors that let allow users to create subtitles for a video, but many don't export the subtitles as part of the video, and others add a watermark to the final video. Kapwing is the internet's trusted solution for adding subtitles to a video without needing to pay, sign in, or even download or install software. Kapwing's automatic subtitling tool lets you generate captions for the dialogue in your video in a single click, and can also be used to translate the dialogue into another language. Combine this transcription power with your own edits, and you'll have perfect subtitled videos in no time.

How do I automatically add subtitles to a video?

Subtitles can be automatically added to a video using tools that support auto-transcription of the dialogue in a video. After the spoken dialogue in a video is transcribed, the text transcription is separated into caption snippets that map to the correct timing of the speakers in the video. Finally, these captions are burned into the video itself, completing the process of automatic subtitling. Subtitling a video was traditionally a tedious, time-consuming process, but Kapwing offers an easy, online way to automatically subtitle a video in just a few clicks.

How do I add subtitles to a video permanently?

Using an online video editor like Kapwing, creators can burn subtitles directly into their video files, ensuring that the video is accessible no matter where the content is shared. Many video distribution platforms, like YouTube or Facebook, can map an SRT file to a video file, but these subtitles are not added permanently to the video, meaning that when the video is downloaded or shared to a different platform, the subtitles are no longer present. Subtitle editors like Kapwing ensure that the edited subtitles are part of the actual video no matter where the file is shared.

How do I add subtitles to a video without any software?

If you want to add subtitles to a video without downloading any software, you'll have to choose an online subtitle editor like Kapwing, which will allow you to add subtitles to video without having to download or install anything on your local device. Kapwing is a trusted, browser based solution that will allow you to add captions to video completely in the cloud. This means that you work is saved, collaborative, accessible from any device, and works without any software downloads.

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As a English Foreign Language Teacher, this site helps me to quickly subtitle interesting videos that I can use in class. The students love the videos, and the subtitles really help them to learn new vocabulary as well as better understand and follow the video.
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[It] works perfectly for me. Have been using Kapwing for a year or so, and their automatic subtitle tool gets better and better every week, it's rare that I have to correct a word. Keep up the good work!
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