How to Add Captions to a Video for Free

How to Add Captions to a Video for Free
[Windows, Mac & App]

How to Add Captions to a Video for Free – The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all multimedia made for government, entertainment, education, and business have captions available for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

So why add captions or subtitles to videos that don’t fall under the Disabilities Act, like personal videos for YouTube or social media? Including the Deaf community and non-English speakers is not only inclusive, but it also helps you gain followers.

Videos with captions or subtitles receive a 40% boost in views and are more likely to be watched to the end, which helps your YouTube rank. Additionally, 80% of Facebook videos are watched on mute which means videos without captions are getting skipped.

Captions and subtitles are important and necessary for follower growth. But how can someone add captions without hiring an expensive third party? We recommend using Power Director. It is an editing software and app that allows a beginner to add captions and subtitles in a few easy steps. This article will explain the ins and outs of captions and subtitles and how to add them using Power Director.

Download PowerDirector for your device of choice and follow our simple step-by-step to add captions to your videos in no time.

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Step 1: Add your video to the timeline.

Step 2: Open the Subtitle Room.
The Subtitle Room is found in the menu on the left. Click the ellipses to open the Subtitle Room option.

Step 3: Drag the timeline slider to the position where you would like to add a subtitle, then click on the +. The subtitle will automatically be added to the length of the clip. To change the duration, click on End Time and input a new number, or place your cursor at the end of the blue subtitle box. When the cursor becomes two arrows, pull the end of the box to increase or decrease duration.

Step 4: Click in the box under Subtitle Text and write out your caption. When you’ve finished, click anywhere on the screen and you will see your caption on the video.

Step 5: Click on the T to change the font, size, color, and more of your text. Click Apply All if you want all the captions in the video to have the same look.

Step 6: Click the arrow icon circled above to bring up the Position screen. Here you can change the location of the text on the screen. Move the X Position slider to move the text right or left, and the Y Position slider to move up and down.

Step 7: Move the timeline slider to the next place you would like to add a subtitle and click the +. Continue adding subtitles this way until you are done.

You can export your subtitles in an SRT file, in case you want to use them in other projects or formats. The first circled icon is to import SRT files into your project, the second is to export SRT files.

Step 8: Click the Export as SRT File icon. Select where you want to save the file, name it, then hit Save.

If you want to create captions with backgrounds or animations check out our article on How to Add Text to a Video on Mac and Windows to learn how to use PowerDirector’s Title Designer. Another great tool to quickly and easily make video captions.


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