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How to Create an SRT File

Updated July 19, 2017

SRT files, also known as SubRip format files, are types of files that contain subtitle phrases for movies. SRT files are supported by a range of media players. You do not need to purchase or download any third-party software to create an SRT file, because a text editor such as “Notepad” is all that you need.

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  1. Open Notepad by clicking “Start,” “All Programs,” “Accessories” and “Notepad.”

  2. Divide each subtitle phrase into numbered sections when creating an SRT file. Type “1” (without quotes) and then press “Enter” to start creating the first subtitle phrase.

  3. Enter the time span to display the subtitle phrase when playing the movie. For example, if you want the first subtitle phrase to be displayed from the second minute to the third minute of the movie, type “00:02:00 --> 00:03:00” (without quotes) and press “Enter.”

  4. Type the subtitle phrase and press “Enter” to finish creating the first subtitle phrase.

  5. Type “2” (without quotes) for the second subtitle phrase and follow steps 3 and 4 to create the second subtitle phrase. Do the same for the other subtitle phrases that you want to create, but ensure that you separate the subtitle phrases into numbered sections.

  6. Save the file in the SRT file format after you finish creating it. To do so, click “Start” and then click “Save.” Select “All Files” from the “Save as type” drop-down menu. Next, type a name into “File name” field and type “.srt” (without quotes) after it. Click “Save."

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Things You'll Need

  • Notepad

About the Author

As an ardent tech fan, Andrew Meer loves writing about the latest in computer hardware and software. Since 2006, he has worked as a level designer and programmer for various video game companies. Meer holds a Bachelor of Science in game and simulation programming from DeVry University, California.

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