|Create and Edit Subtitles with VideoPad
VideoPad Video Editor is a great tool to work with video subtitles. Have a look at our tutorial to learn how easy it is to create and edit subtitles with VideoPad. Whether you want to add commentaries to your homemade video, or create professional movie subtitles, VideoPad provides a fun and simple way to do it. You can also load subtitles from existing files and edit them to fit your movie perfectly.
Part 1: Preparing your video file
- Download and install VideoPad
Start by downloading VideoPad Video Editor. Follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard to install VideoPad on your computer. When installed, run VideoPad.
- Load your video file
Use the Add Media button in the top left corner of VideoPad's window to select and load your video file.
- Add clip to sequence
When your video file is loaded to the project, it will appear in the Media List on the left. Right-click on your file and select "Add item(s) to Sequence". You can also press Ctrl+E on your keyboard.
Your video will now appear on the sequence. You are ready to start working with subtitles.
Part 2: Working with subtitles
- Import subtitles or create new ones
You can either load an existing subtitles file to VideoPad or create your own subtitles from scratch.
To import an existing file from your hard drive, click "Import an SSA file" in the top left corner of the Subtitles dialog.
To start creating your own subtitles, use the timeline to find the right moment in your movie where you want to start displaying subtitles. Then click little green Plus button in the bottom right corner of the Subtitles dialog to create your first empty line.
- Edit text and timing
Use the text field below to edit your subtitles or input new text. Pay attention to the timing. Every subtitle has "Show" and "Hide" time code. Carefully input the exact time when you want your subtitle to be displayed.
- Customize subtitles
VideoPad offers excellent tools for customization and control over your subtitles. You can change the font, color, size and style of text. You can preview the changes you make in real time, start and pause playback, and jump to certain moments of your video.
- Manage the list of subtitles
Subtitles in the list are sorted in order of appearence. You can change that order by clicking the blue arrow buttons in the bottom right corner to swap selected subtitles with the one above or below. Click the green plus button to insert a new subtitle, or the red cross button to delete selected subtitle(s).
Note the check box in the bottom left corner of the Subtitles dialog. When checked, your subtitles will be hidden from your clip and will not appear in the final movie, but they will still be a part of your VideoPad project and you can always choose to bring your subtitles back.
Part 3: Saving and exporting subtitles
When you finish working with your subtitles, you may simply close Subtitles dialog. All the changes you've done to your subtitles will be automatically be saved within your current VideoPad project. If the subtitles are not hidden, they will be displayed on top of your final video when you export it from VideoPad.
If you wish to save your subtitles as a separate file instead of permanently merging them with your video, click the Export button in the top left corner of the Subtitles dialog. VideoPad will save them as an SSA file on your hard drive.
Note: It is a good idea to give your subtitles file the same name as your video file. Many video players will understand that these files belong together and will automatically load the subtitles next time you play your video.
Like what you see?
Creating subtitles is one of many brilliant features of VideoPad Video Editing Software. VideoPad is perfect for remastering all the video clips you've been recording on your camcorder. Whether you want to make a video montage of your family's summer road trip, compile a video resume, or assemble the production of your dramatic masterpiece, creating movies has never been easier.