How to Add Subtitles to Video Free?

Subtitles, also called captions, are text gotten from either a transcript or screenplay of the dialog or commentary in movies, TV programs, animes, video games and so forth. Typically, subtitles are shown at the bottom of the screen. Still, they can be shown at the top of the screen but the case is relatively rare.

Adding subtitles to video has undoubtedly improved people’s viewing experience. Therefore, to help people better enjoy your video, it is necessary to add subtitles to video. Still, there are a group of people who don’t know how to add subtitles to video. So, in the following text, we will reveal the best but free apps to add subtitles to video and show you how to make it.

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1.The advantages of adding subtitles to video

The advantages of putting subtitles to video are various. Here we list out 4 main advantages. First, subtitles improve comprehension since they provide a text-based representation of any audio happening in a video; second, when the video sound is low or muted, people can understand the video content through subtitles. This constantly happens when you are watching a video in the public. Third, video with captions is very friendly for those people who are deaf or have hearing impairment. Last but not least, for people who don’t speak your language, translated subtitles are extremely important for them to understand the video content.

2.Best but free apps to add subtitles to video

When it comes to adding subtitles to video, video editors like Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Camtasia, Typito, Cameo, Quick and Final Cut Pro are definitely the great tools to help. Yet, they are all paid tools. Considering that most of people would not like paid applications, here we would suggest some free but best apps to add subtitles to video.

Jihosoft Video Editor (Windows)

Jihosoft Video Editor is a free but powerful application to add subtitles to video on Windows 10/ Windows 8/ Windows 7/ Windows XP. It supports various video formats including .mp4, .mkv, .mov, .rmvb, .3gp, .avi, .flv, .mpg, .vob, and .wmv. Meanwhile, this app provides numerous stylish fonts to choose from. You can also install other fonts from the cloud, edit the size and color of text, change background colour of text, rotate or add curved text, add shadow color to your text and many more. If you wish, you can also use this video editor to add background music to a video clip. Next, let’s see how to add subtitles to video free through Jihosoft Video Editor.

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MiniTool Movie Maker (Windows)

MiniTool Movie Maker is another Windows program to add subtitles to video free. You can choose from a huge library of awesome fonts, customize the size and color of your text, and apply editing features such as opacity, reflection and proportion. Simply select your clip, add your message and save the output. Now, download the program on your PC and follow the steps below to put subtitles on your video.

iMovie (Mac, iOS)

iMovie is a powerful video editing software launched by Apple. This tool has desktop version and mobile version, so it can be used on both Mac computer and iPhone, iPad. Since the two video editors we mention above are for Windows computer, they may not help if you are using a Mac. In that case, iMovie is definitely a great tool for you to add subtitles to video on Mac. If you don’t know how to use iMovie to add subtitles to video, please follow this guide:

3. Add subtitles to video online

Installing software on computer is much more laborious, after all. That’s why some people prefer online tools, which allows people edit videos directly on web page. So, in the part, we will suggest some helpful cloud tools to add subtitles to video online.


Kapwing is a website for casual creators. It’s an online toolbox for short-form videos and images. Through this website, you can easily add subtitles to video with a few steps.

Similar to Kapwing, there are other cloud video editors like VEED, VidPro, Clideo, Pixiko, subtitle horse allow you to add subtitles to video online. If you are interested, you can give it a try. By the way, since they are similar online tools, the operating steps are also similar. If you don’t know how to use those tool, you can refer to the tutorial above.

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