How to Change the Color of SRT Files

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How to Change the Color of SRT Files
An SRT file is a special image file that contains subtitles. (videotape #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

SubRip, or SRT, files are text files used in video playback. Subtitles in foreign films are normally stored as SRT files. Normally, you cannot change the colour of an SRT file, as most video players will not display the colours correctly. You can edit SRT files using special software, however, and save them as SubStation, or SSA, files. When they are saved in this format, you can apply style formatting, including changing the colour.

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  1. 1

    Download a subtitle editor and save it to your desktop. Click the installation link and follow the on-screen instructions to download the program on your computer.

  2. 2

    Open the subtitle editor by clicking the icon on your desktop or through the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Open the SRT file by clicking "File," "Open" and selecting the correct SRT file.

    Click "File" and then click "Save As." Select "SSA" as the subtitle and then click "OK."

  4. 4

    Open the styles manager by clicking "Edit" or "Styles" depending upon the subtitle editor installed on your computer. When you are finished choosing the colour, select to save it and then click "Close."

  5. 5

    Right-click a subtitle in the main subtitle list and select a style to add to them. On some editors you will have a drop-down box to select the style or the styles may be shown in a list.

  6. 6

    Click the "Commit" button or "Apply Translation," depending upon which editor is installed on your computer.

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