How To Create Burned In Subtitles

How To Create Burned In Subtitles

In the past, we have talked about how you can create an SRT file.

Although creating an SRT file is great, many platforms do not support the usage of SRT files, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

So, in order for you to still provide captions to the viewers, you need to create burned-in subtitles.

Different Types Of Video Subtitle Burning

1 - Online

Online video subtitle is the usage of timed, coded text as a sidecar file which includes captions. When this is done, viewers have the option to turn on or off the subtitles or switch between languages.

2 - Broadcast

Broadcast video subtitle is when the subtitles are burned into your videos. In other words, it means adding subtitles to your videos permanently as part of the video image. This makes sure that captions cannot be turned on and off by viewers, but conveniently display as default.

When Do You Use Burned In Subtitles?

1 - Social Media Posts

Many social media platforms do not support subtitle files. To create more engaging content, burned in subtitles are added.

In addition, some videos auto-play by default on mute or are played in noisy environments. Therefore, having burned in subtitles allow users to know the context of the content.

2 - Make Your Video More Accessible

Burned in subtitles are really helpful for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Oftentimes, videos on social medias do not have burned in subtitles, making it difficult for them to watch the videos.

3 - Multilingual Videos

Burned in subtitles can be used when your video is in a foreign language to ensure the translation is tied to the dialogue.

It can also be used when your video is primarily in one language, but there are bits where some dialogues are spoken in a different language.

4 - E-learning

Some people learn by listening, some learn by reading, and some by doing both.

Having a subtitle to your e-learning content will help viewers to better grasp the knowledge. It is also especially important when the content of the video talks about technical terms, such as medical or engineering e-learning videos.

How To Create Burned In Subtitles?

1 - VideoTranslator

The first method is by using VideoTranslator.

VideoTranslator is a platform that currently offers clients 120+ languages and 150+ dialects, including transcription, translation, and synthetic dubbing.

You can try it for free here.

Here is how you can create burned in subtitles with VideoTranslator:

  1. Open your video that’s already transcribed in VideoTranslator.

  2. Click on the action button > auto overlay.

  3. Edit the font style, size, and colour according to your preference.

  4. You can choose to add a stripe, highlight, or not put any styling on your text. Click confirm.

  5. You will be redirected to the Root page. Click on your file and press the edit button.

  6. Your video will have embedded captions on it.

2 - Adobe Premiere Pro

There are 2 methods to create burned in subtitles in Adobe Premiere Pro.

The first method is by manually adding the text to your video.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Use the type tool by either clicking on the Type Tool icon on your toolbar or pressing T on your keyboard.

  2. Click anywhere on your program pannel and start typing.

  3. To edit your text, you need to go to the essential graphics panel. To do that, go to Windows > Essential Graphics. When the Essential Graphics panel is displayed, click on Edit to edit your text.

    Here, you can change the font style, font size, position of the text, spacing, add highlights and shadows, and many more.

  4. Once you are happy with your text, you can create a master style to unify all of your text designs throughout the video. To do this, click on Master Styles > Create Master Text Style > type the name of the master text style > click ok.

  5. Now you can use your custom-made Master Style.

Your video will have burned in subtitles in it when you export your video.

The second method is by exporting your SRT file to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Have your SRT file ready and drag it to your timeline.

  2. Edit your subtitles by double-clicking your SRT file on the timeline.

  3. Once you are happy with it, you can export it by clicking File > Export or pressing command/control + M.

    In this example, the video is saved in the HEVC (H.265) format with a custom preset. If you scroll down, you will be able to see the captions tab. Make sure to change the export options to ‘Burn Captions Into Video’ and click export.

If you don’t, your video will be exported without the burned in subtitles.


In this article, we have talked about different types of video subtitle burning, when to use burned in subtitles, and different ways to create burned in subtitles.

We hope this article helps you in your video-creating journey!

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