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Subtitles – How To Add Them To Your Video To Help Boost Engagement

When adding subtitles to your video, there are two main options: using closed caption files or having subtitles ‘baked in’.

Mike Plenty, Managing Director at Dead Ready Productions, explains the subtitle options available in our latest 60 second production tips vlog. The content of which can be found below.

Closed Caption File

A closed caption file is a text file containing information about the timing and wording for each subtitle that appears in your video. This is then uploaded alongside your video and the viewer can then toggle the subtitles on or off as desired.

This works for most major video platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

Once created, the closed caption text files can easily be modified by anyone with a text editing program. This also makes it easy to upload translated subtitle files, without having to use video editing software to modify the original video.

Baked In

The other option is to ‘bake in’ subtitles. This means the subtitles are integrated into the video and always on. This is helpful if you don’t want your viewers to be able to switch the subtitles off.

It also gives more scope to design exactly how the subtitles look, since you’re not restricted to the options provided by the closed caption approach. Your subtitles will also look the same regardless of which platform people are viewing on.

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