Add Subtitles to Video Online & Free

Video subtitling and captioning is a great way to boost engagement and improve accessibility. Learn how to add subtitles to your videos and generate automatic captions with the Wave.video online video editor.


Captions and Subtitles Video Templates

Click on any video template to customize it for your business.

Turn speech to text in 3 easy steps

1. Upload or create a video
1. Upload or create a video

Upload your video to Wave.video or create a new one using the platform’s online video editor.

2. Generate captions
2. Generate captions

Use our speech recognition technology to convert your voice to subtitles. Or upload your custom subtitles file in an .srt or .vtt format

3. Share and download the video
3. Share and download the video

Give your video a customizable landing page, publish it directly to social media, embed into sites and emails, or download it to your computer.

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The Complete Guide to Video Captioning
  • Step 1. Upload or create a video.
    Step 1. Upload or create a video.

    Click “+ New Video” and select one of the options to start: you can upload a video file, create a new video from templates and stock assets, or start with a blank canvas. If you choose to upload a video, wait until it has finished uploading, then click on the thumbnail and select “Edit”.

  • Step 2. Add captions and subtitles.
    Step 2. Add captions and subtitles.

    Once you are in the Editor, go to the Captions step on the left menu to access the subtitle editor. Click “Auto Captions” and select the video or audio file and language to generate subtitles automatically. You can also upload your custom subtitles file in an .srt or .vtt file format.

  • Step 3. Edit and customize the captions.
    Step 3. Edit and customize the captions.

    Customize the look and feel of your captions by changing their color, font and animation. Edit the transcribed text and adjust their timing if needed. Click the Play button to preview all changes in real time.

  • Step 4. Download and share.
    Step 4. Download and share.

    Proceed to the Publish step and render your video. After the rendering is done, you can share your video as a landing page, publish it directly to social media, embed it into sites and emails, or download it to your computer.

Benefits of adding captions to videos
  • Improve accessibility

    Improve accessibility

    Add subtitles and captions to make your videos accessible to everyone, no matter if they are in an environment with a lot of background noise, have hearing disabilities, or simply prefer to scroll their feed with the sound off.
  • Boost engagement

    Boost engagement

    It’s a proven fact that adding subtitles can increase the average viewing time of the video. Subtitling and captioning is also a great way to help viewers memorize your message. Viewers are more likely to remember what the video was about if they were reading the subtitles and hearing the speech at the same time.
  • Translate your message into a foreign language

    Translate your message into a foreign language

    You don’t have to record the voiceover in multiple languages to make sure it is understood across countries and cultures. Translating subtitles is a much easier way. Simply convert voice to text using the auto captioning captioning feature, and translate it into any lang
  • Transcribe audio to text

    Transcribe audio to text

    Automatic subtitle maker is one of the best tools for transcribing video content fast and easily. It’s a great time saver if you need to convert long webinars and live stream videos to readable text.
Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are supported by the Wave.video online subtitle tool?
At the moment, the following languages are supported for auto-generated captions: English (US, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Spanish (and US Spanish), Portuguese (and Brazilian Portuguese), French (and Canadian French), Dutch, German (and Swiss German), Chinese Mandarin — Mainland, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Russian, Turkish.
How am I going to be charged for video subtitling?

Free plan users can create subtitles by uploading their own subtitle text file in .srt and .vtt formats.

Auto generated subtitles and captions are included only in the Business subscription. Business users can create up to 200 minutes of captioned videos per month. They can also buy extra minutes of auto captioning for 5¢ per minutes. Open your account settings to see your current plan.

How can I share and download the captioned video?
With the Free version, you can share the video content you create via direct links to video landing pages, or publish them directly to social media platforms. Creator and Business plan users can create and download as many videos as they want without limits.
Can I download captions as a file?
Yes, you can download the subtitles in the .srt file format. To do so, go to the Settings tab in the inspector, and click “Download .Srt file”.
How can I customize the subtitles?
Choose form one of the ready-made captions styles or create your own. You can edit the subtitles text, change the font style, size and color, and select one of the subtitles animation styles, including the trendy karaoke style animation.
Can I burn subtitles into my videos?
TL;DR Yes, you can. Burnt-in subtitles or closed subtitles as they are also called are an integral part of your video that can’t be turned off and on. You can burn captions into your video with Wave.video by choosing this option in the Settings tab.
What subtitle files are supported?

You can upload subtitles in .vtt and .srt file formats. Make sure that your subtitles have time codes. This ensures that they sync accurately with the audio.

Learn more about how to create a custom SRT subtitle file for your video on our blog.

What is the difference between closed captions and open captions?
Closed captions are more versatile as they can be turned on and off depending on the viewers' needs and preferences. Open captions, also referred to as burnt-in captions, are added to the video permanently and can’t be turned on and off. It’s best to use closed captions if the video platform or visual display you want to share the video to support this functionality.