What are the different ways to create a subtitled video?

Once you've created your transcript, InqScribe gives you several options to export it into a subtitled video. What is the best method? It will depend on your setup and how you want to share the video with others. Here's a breakdown of the different options:

Create a subtitled QuickTime movie in InqScribe*

The easiest way to create subtitles on is to save your transcript as a subtitled QuickTime movie directly in InqScribe. This will create a playable .mov file using the timecodes and text from your transcript. Note that you must have QuickTime 7 installed on your computer to take advantage of this feature, and your source video must be QuickTime compatible.

Click here to watch our subtitled QuickTime movie video tutorial on YouTube.

Here's a basic overview:
  1. Prepare your transcript.
  2. Select "File>Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie..." (if this option isn't highlighted, see below for more info).
  3. In the Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie menu, you'll have the option to adjust the language, position, and appearance of your subtitles.
  4. Select a save location by clicking "Save As..." in the lower section of the Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie menu.
  5. Click "Save" and a subtitled QuickTime movie will appear as a .mov in the location you specified!
For a more on how to create subtitled QuickTime Movies, please refer to the Advice and tips for creating subtitled QuickTime movies article. Or, for a more technical overview, head over to our online User Guide.

Why do you need QuickTime 7? QuickTime 7 supports text tracks, which are required to display subtitles. QuickTime X unfortunately does not support text tracks.

If the "Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie" option is disabled, it's probably because you don't have QuickTime installed on your computer. Refer to our Knowledge Base for help with QuickTime subtitles on Mac and QuickTime subtitles on Windows.

*NOTE: Due to security risks, we do not recommend QuickTime for Windows users (more on this subject here). You may wish to explore the alternatives listed below.

Playback Subtitles in VLC Player

Although you cannot create subtitled movies using VLC Player, you can use VLC to display subtitles over your source video using your InqScribe transcript. This involves exporting your InqScribe transcript as a SubRip .srt file and then associating this file with your video. For more on using VLC Player to display subtitles, check out our Knowledge Base article.

Playback Subtitles in Windows Media Player

As with VLC Player, you cannot create a subtitled movie using Windows Media Player. However, if you install the third-party DirectVobSub media codec, you can display your subtitles over the original video. More information about this option is available on our blog.

Upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook

Another easy way to create subtitled videos is to upload your video and InqScribe transcript to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. We recommend this method if you want to share your subtitled video with others online.

From InqScribe, you'll want to prepare your transcript and then export it as a SubRip .srt subtitle file. You can then upload this .srt file, along with your video, to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. For step-by-step instructions, we have individual guides available here:
YouTube
Vimeo
Facebook

"Burn in" your subtitles

You can use a variety of tools to "burn in" your subtitled QuickTime movie, such as QuickTime 7 Pro. "Burning in" subtitles means that the subtitles will be written onto the video track, bypassing text tracks and allowing you to fix their appearance. This essentially makes the video a little more versatile when playing it back across different programs or devices that may not support text tracks.

Find more information about burning in subtitles in this Knowledge Base article.

Import to Final Cut Pro

If you work in Final Cut Pro 7, you can export your InqScribe transcript as an XML and then import the XML file into Final Cut Pro 7. For instructions on how to both export and import, refer to this Knowledge Base article.

Note that the newer Final Cut Pro X uses a new XML file type not yet fully supported by InqScribe. However, there are a few available workarounds we've gathered in our Knowledge Base.

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