Advice and tips for creating subtitled QuickTime movies

A video tutorial for creating a subtitled QuickTime movie is available on YouTube.

You can also follow the steps outlined in our online user guide.

Here is a summary and some additional tips:

1. Open your original source video in InqScribe (no subtitles yet) then use InqScribe to transcribe the video, insert timecodes where you want subtitles to appear, and type the text you want to appear as subtitles after each timecode.

2. When you think you are done, choose File > Save Subtitled QuickTime Move. In the subtitle settings window, choose the settings you want. Settings include the font, color, size, location to save the subtitled movie, name of the movie, etc.

3. Once you save your subtitled movie, open that new file in QuickTime to see your subtitles. You don’t need open it again InqScribe.

Note that you cannot save more subtitles on top of an already subtitled movie. If you want to make changes, go back to the original InqScribe document, make your changes there, and save a new subtitled movie.

4. Be mindful of what you type after each timecode. If you insert a timecode and text followed by 15 lines of empty space, then in your subtitled movie you will see your subtitle plus 15 blank lines! In addition, your subtitled area will default to 15 lines. For that reason, we recommend keeping text limited to a few lines per timecode.

If you are a Mac user running Mac OSX 10.7 or later, you will not be able to view your subtitled movies in QuickTime 10. More information on this issue with suggested workarounds can be found in this article:
My subtitles won't work in Mac OSX 10.7 or later

If you are a Windows user and are having difficulty viewing your subtitles movies, please refer to this article:
My subtitles won't work in Windows

Note that, due to security risks, we do not recommend QuickTime for Windows users (more on this subject here).

For information on other subtitling methods, please refer to this Knowledge Base article.

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