Kapwing LogoKAPWING

Add Subtitles to Video

Directly add subtitles to any video easily online

Making videos more accessible

The Kapwing subtitler is the web's #1 tool for adding subtitles to your video with no watermark. Research shows that videos with captions on social media get significantly higher engagement than videos without subtitles. This editor allows you to burn subtitles into video directly, so that the captions appear on any platform the video gets shared to. Kapwing's subtitle editor supports videos of a variety of file formats and sizes, for free!

Add Subtitles to Video Screenshot

How to Add Subtitles to a Video Online

  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

Add Captions to Video Online

To get started, upload pictures, GIFs, and videos or paste a link to import media. Once you upload your content, you can use Kapwing's easy subtitle tool to time out the text to the correct position in your video. By listening to your accurately play and adding text at the right moments, you will be able to accurately position the captions in your video.

Kapwing also has an AI-powered auto-generate feature for subtitles. Create subtitles automatically, then edit the auto-generated subtitles so that they are perfectly matched to the audio in your video. The machine powered transcription is a great way to subtitle a video in half the time.

Kapwing allows you to adjust the font, size, color, and position of the subtitles as well. You can make the subtitles appear higher or lower on your video, or even resize your video so that the subtitles fit exactly where you need. There are a few different styles for subtitles that Kapwing supports: you can add a full background to make your subtitles more readable, or just a text shadow, or no background at all. When everything looks perfect, just click "Create" and your video will quickly process.

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

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. The subtitler video tool was designed to make content more accessible, engaging, and compelling no matter what kind of video you’re making.

Watch our tutorial:

Frequently Asked Questions

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 with no watermark. 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.

What's different about Kapwing?

No ads
We don't serve ads: we're committed to building a quality, trustworthy website.
Kapwing is completely free to start. Just upload a video and start editing!
No watermark
To create content with no watermark, just sign in to your Kapwing account!
No spam
We will never spam you nor sell your information to anyone.
Kapwing is cloud based, which means your videos are wherever you are.
Kapwing works hard to help make the content you want, when you want it.

Trusted by millions of creators around the world

Headshot of Mary
Mary P.
News Writer / Executive Producer
A brilliant content creation tool for social media that has a tonne of features available even in the free version. Kapwing is an incredible tool for social media content creation, be it GIF's, images, videos, it has a suite of tools to create awesome looking content in minutes.
Headshot of Tom
Tom F.
Co-Founder in Marketing
Kapwing is great for various reasons. There's a lot of features for both images and video, all of which are extremely easy to use. I also like that the Kapwing staff responds quickly to user feedback and input. If you create content, even using high end software, there's likely a reason for you to still use Kapwing for something.
Headshot of Rosa
Rosa W.
Media Production Partner
Kapwing is pure genius. It takes a number of small, easy video tasks, and makes them easier. No need to download software just to reverse or resize a video.
Millions of people every month choose Kapwing to create, edit, and share content across the internet. Kapwing is loved and trusted by employees of companies large and small.
More Resources

Ready? Let's do this!