How to Add Subtitles

How to Add Subtitles

Learn how to quickly add subtitles to your videos following two different methods. Maybe you are creating a tutorial and want your audience to be able to follow along easily. Or perhaps you want to expand your audience by creating subtitles in multiple languages.

With VideoStudio, you can easily create customized subtitles manually using the Title Tab for a short video, or with the powerful Subtitle Editor for longer videos. You’ll learn how to import and export your newly created .srt files to use your subtitles on various platforms.

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How to Add Subtitles in VideoStudio

Adding subtitles to your video is a great way to make your video easier to follow and can be useful when wanting to create subtitles in multiple languages.

There are two ways to create subtitles using Corel’s VideoStudio:

  • Create subtitles manually using the Title Tab
  • Create subtitles automatically using the Subtitle Editor

Creating Subtitles Manually

1. Add the video you want to subtitle to your timeline.

2. Click on the Title Tab and select a title style.

3. Drag the title style onto the title track of your timeline, then drag and position it to your desired location on the timeline.

 

4. Click on the Show Options Panel or double click on the text on the timeline to bring up the title editor.

5. Customize your subtitles by changing the font type, size and color or add a colored text backdrop or shadow.

Select where you’d like to place the subtitles by clicking one of the alignment icons, or drag the text on the preview pane to your desired placement.

To use the same subtitle properties in other areas of your video, you may do the following:

  • Right click on the title on your timeline and select
  • Click Paste into the Library Panel.

Or from the Gallery dropdown, select My Favorites and drag the title in here.

Now you can drag and drop the saved template onto the title track of your timeline to use in other areas of your video.

Creating Subtitles Using the Subtitle Editor

1. Add the video you want to subtitle to your timeline.

2. Click on the Subtitle Editor

3. Under the Voice Detection section, select the quality of the voice within your clip.

  • Best for near-perfect audio quality or Fair or Good if there is other background noise in the video.
  • Change the sensitivity level to help the scanner detect the voice.

4. Click Scan.

5. Click Play on the preview pane on the left.

  • The orange boxes reflect where there is voice present in the clip and also where the subtitles will be placed.
  • Make adjustments to the length of the subtitles by dragging the edge of the orange box on the preview pane.

6. To begin subtitling, click on the Play button or click Shift + Space to play the selected subtitle segment.

7. Click on Add a New Subtitle and type in your subtitle for that segment.

8. Continue doing this for all your segments.

9. Click on the Text Options icon and change the font size, color and other options for all of your subtitles.

10. Click OK, then OK again to add your subtitles to the timeline.

Exporting and Importing Subtitles

1. Click on Export Subtitle File, and name and save your file.

  • To make edits to your .srt file, open your exported .srt file in Notepad.
  • Edit the subtitles accordingly or you may translate these into another language.
  • Save your file as another .srt file.

2. In VideoStudio, select Import Subtitle File to import your newly translated .srt file.

3. Click OK to add the subtitles to your timeline.

  • You’ll see that they have now all been added to Title Track 2.

  • You can either delete the titles in track one or hide the track by clicking the Disable Title Track

4. Press Play to preview the subtitles on your video.

  • To make adjustments, drag the text on the timeline or double click on the textbox to make any edits in the Options Panel.

5. Export your newly subtitled video!

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (12)

  • Florence McCurdy Reply

    When I import a movie, I would like each clip to come in separately automatically. Is there a way to do this. It comes in as one clip. When I put it on the storyboard style, it is only one clip. Can I do this?

    March 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Florence,

      Are you importing a movie from a VHS tape or DVD? The contents of these storage media are considered one single video file. In the case of a VHS, this is because it is being recorded directly from the VHS as it plays. With a digital format such as a DVD or Blu-Ray disk, it comes down to how these discs are prepared. In order for their contents to be playable in a simpler device (say, a DVD player rather than a PC), the video project is also rendered out as a single video file. There are chapter markers and similar tools which let you skip to different sections, but these are assigned prior to that rendering step, and only tell the DVD player to start playing at a certain time point and do not actually cut the video file into segments.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      April 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm
  • Rachel Reply

    I have x10. I scan the video file but it doesn’t detect any voices even though its an interview! why is this? Very frustrating. I don’t want to manually enter the subtitle text !

    January 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Rachel,

      Thank you for the feedback! The Subtitle Editor in Pinnacle Studio X10 will detect regions of sound and silence that correspond to spoken words, but it does not currently offer automatic speech-to-text recording. The Subtitle Editor will detect and create predefined regions for adding subtitles, but the text will need to be entered separately.

      Discovery Center Team

      February 3, 2018 at 5:24 pm
  • John Ness Reply

    This video only describes HARD SUBTITLE i.e. permanently embedded into the video.
    Could you direct me to information on how to SOFT SUBTITLE so that the subtitles are only displayed by a viewer selecting the “subtitles” option on their playback device?

    November 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello John,

      To save your subtitles as a separate file, first create the full subtitle track as in the tutorial. When you are all set to save the subtitles, simply select the leftmost subtitle, then shift+click the rightmost subtitle to select all of them. With that done, make sure the Options pane is open in the upper right. There are options to Open and Save Subtitle Files. VideoStudio can save subtitles in the .srt, .utf, and .lrc formats.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      November 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm
  • Emily Reply

    Hello– is there I way that I can move an audio file and its corresponding subtitles together. I am trying to move an audio file to a new position in my video, and when I do the corresponding subtitles are left behind and I have to move them all individually in order to re-align them with the audio. Is there functionality available to link the subtitles with the audio so I can move them together as a unit?

    August 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • nurit Reply

    hello. can i add .srt file or .sbv file of subtitle in hebrew?

    July 6, 2016 at 1:14 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Nurit,

      Yes! As long as you have the appropriate font installed into Windows, VideoStudio can use it when opening that SRT file.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      July 6, 2016 at 10:53 am
      • Imran Reply

        Hi, I am trying to add a .srt file with my project but it says the “cannot save this format”. I changed the language and font but still same problem. Can you please help me?

        July 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  • Barbara Reply

    Your video is NOT AVAILABLE!

    June 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for letting us know about this, and sorry for the error. We have corrected the video link so you should be able to watch the video now.

      Thanks,

      The Discovery Center Team

      June 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

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