How to make srt files

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How to make srt files
Subtitles can help non-English speakers enjoy your movies. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A SubRip text file contains the subtitles for a digital video file. When you open a video file, in a media player with SRT subtitles, the subtitles appear at the bottom of the video as it plays. You can use an SRT file to translate the dialogue in your video to a different language, or to add captions to a video. An SRT file is simply a specially-formatted text file, meaning that you can make an SRT file using Windows' built-in Notepad text editor.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu button, then click "All Programs." Click "Accessories," then "Notepad" to start making an SRT file in Notepad.

  2. 2

    Type "1" and press "Enter." This indicates that the subsequent subtitle plays first when the video starts.

  3. 3

    Type the time at which you want the subtitle to start, using the format "Hours:Minutes:Seconds,Milliseconds." For example, if you want the first subtitle to appear 1.5 seconds after the video starts playing, type "00:00:01,500." Type a space after the time, then "-->" followed by another space.

  4. 4

    Enter the time at which you want the subtitle to disappear, using the same format as before. For example, if you want the first subtitle to disappear 17 seconds into the movie, type "00:00:17,000." Press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Type the text that you want to appear in the subtitle. Press "Enter" twice to create a blank line after the first subtitle entry. This line separates the subtitle from the subsequent entry.

  6. 6

    Type "2" to indicate the start of the second subtitle. Enter in the subtitle information as before. Repeat the process until you've entered all of the subtitles for the movie.

  7. 7

    Click "File," then "Save As." Click the "Encoding" drop-down menu and select "ANSI." Type the name of the video file into the "File name" box, followed by the extension ".srt." For example, if you're creating an SRT file for the video "My Home Movie," name the SRT file "My Home" Navigate to the directory containing the video file and click "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • The free video players VLC Player, Media Player Classic and MPlayer all support playing videos with associated SRT files.

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