Add Subtitles To Your Video

Believe it or not, most videos on social media are viewed with the sound off. So the best way to ensure your message gets across is to add subtitles. It’s also crucial to make your video accessible for all audiences. And with Descript, it’s easy — and free.

How to add subtitles to a video

With automatic transcription and one-click subtitle generation, you’ll have no trouble adding subtitles to your video in Descript.

Step 1

Transcribe your video

Import your video file into Descript by dropping it into a new project. Wait a few seconds while we automatically transcribe your audio into text. If your audio contains multiple speakers, you'll be prompted to use Speaker Detective to help Descript identify and label them for you.

Step 2

Edit your subtitles

You can edit any errors directly in the transcript using Correct mode (press C), or use an AI action like Remove filler words to remove repetition and filler like "um" or "like". Descript will sync these changes with the video, ensuring the subtitles match the timing of the spoken dialogue.

Step 3

Embed captions or download subtitle file

Preview your video to ensure that the subtitles appear correctly timed. You can then choose to go to Text > Captions to add hard subtitles to your video in whatever style you want. Or go to Publish to download your subtitles as an SRT or VTT file to upload with your video to any platform.

Closed captions for your content

Adding captions enables those who are deaf and hard of hearing to consume your content. It also makes your content more engaging. With Descript you can choose the color of your text, add animation, and position it wherever you want on screen — and you don’t need to be a trained editor to do any of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I edit my subtitles?

Sure can. As you review your transcript, you may find instances where the text doesn’t quite match up with what you intended. Just highlight the word or phrase, hit the E key, and make corrections and adjustments to the transcript — and your subtitles — at the same time.

Do I have to export the subtitle file and my video separately?

Descript makes it easy to export your subtitles in multiple ways. If you export your video, your transcription will be automatically attached to your video clip. During playback of your video content, subtitles can be selected in preferences, and your transcript — paced using time codes from your video — should play seamlessly.

Just need the subtitle files? If you need them in a specific subtitle format, Descript allows for export in both srt and vtt formats. These caption files can be exported separately from the video itself.

Can I create open captions for my video?

Open captions, or subtitles that are permanently visible on a video, are easy to create with Descript. Using the Fancy Captions feature, you can add your subtitles from your video transcription over your clip and style and resize them however you like. These types of captions are perfect not just for those that are hard of hearing but also for the millions of social media subscribers that often watch videos without sound on their mobile devices.

What video file types does Descript work with?

While Descript only exports video in MP4, the video editor can work with just about any video file format: AVI, MOV, MKV, and even video from your Android or iOS device like an iPhone or iPad.


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Add Subtitles

Believe it or not, most videos on social media are viewed with the sound off. So the best way to ensure your message gets across is to add subtitles. It’s also crucial to make your video accessible for all audiences. And with Descript, it’s easy — and free.

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Step 1
Transcribe your video

Import your video file into Descript by dropping it into a new project. Wait a few seconds while we automatically transcribe your audio into text. If your audio contains multiple speakers, you'll be prompted to use Speaker Detective to help Descript identify and label them for you.

Step 2
Edit your subtitles

You can edit any errors directly in the transcript using Correct mode (press C), or use an AI action like Remove filler words to remove repetition and filler like "um" or "like". Descript will sync these changes with the video, ensuring the subtitles match the timing of the spoken dialogue.

Step 3
Embed captions or download subtitle file

Preview your video to ensure that the subtitles appear correctly timed. You can then choose to go to Text > Captions to add hard subtitles to your video in whatever style you want. Or go to Publish to download your subtitles as an SRT or VTT file to upload with your video to any platform.

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Embedded video subtitles you can customize freely

Add hard subtitles to any video in the colors, fonts, and styles you choose. Perfect for enhancing accessibility, engaging diverse audiences, or emphasizing key points. No more tedious manual editing—Descript’s user-friendly interface allows you to implement stylish subtitles that keep viewers watching longer, increasing your engagement and reach on platforms like YouTube, social media, and beyond.

Download subtitles in SRT or VTT formats

Download "soft" subtitle files to upload with your video in both SRT and VTT formats, which are compatible with most major video platforms and players. This feature saves time and avoids the cost of third-party subtitling services, streamlining your video production process and ensuring your content is more accessible to a wider audience.

Fast, accurate subtitles in multiple languages

Get accurate AI transcription in over 23 languages, complete with speaker labels and time stamps. Easily remove filler words, and find and replace transcription errors in a couple of clicks. No more tedious manual transcription.

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