Subtitles make any video more accessible, engaging, and convenient to watch. But what happens when the subtitles are wrong? Automated subtitles can have a lot of mistakes and manually transcribing a video takes a long time.
In this post you’ll learn how to edit automatic subtitles so that you can quickly create videos with 100% accurate subtitles.
Some examples where accurate subtitles make a big difference.
If you’re making a video for a specific lead, customer, or coworker it’s likely you’ll mention their name and their company’s name. As advanced as automatic transcription is, getting names and brands right is still tricky. Steph won’t be amused when she’s called Steve, Daniel doesn’t like being called Danielle, and it’s Tella not Teller. Inaccurate names can ruin a good first impression.
If you have a video about a product you’re selling, you want to make sure the product’s name is spelled correctly in the subtitles. You also want to ensure that any features or benefits you mention in the video are accurately reflected in the subtitles.
There are three aspects of subtitle editing:
When you share the video using its link, viewers will be able to watch it with perfect subtitles.
You can also download your video’s subtitle file. This is useful for publishing to YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To do this, click “Download” on the right hand side and then select the option “Download subtitles”. To learn more about how to use subtitles on platforms like YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter, check out this post.
Because Tella automatically generates you subtitles, it also determines the timing. Most of the time, the automatically generated timing will be accurate.
If you’ve generated your subtitles using a dedicated subtitling app, for example Happyscribe they have tools which let you adjust the timing manually.
If you have subtitles in a video editing app like Screenflow, Final Cup Pro, or Adobe Premier Pro then you can adjust the subtitles by moving the individual text layers on the video’s timeline. Here’s useful tutorial about this for Final Cut Pro (the principles will apply to most other timeline-based video editing software).
To edit the appearance of your subtitles you’ll need to use video editing software like Final Cut Pro or ScreenFlow. There are also online video editors that do this too. This feature isn’t available in Tella yet, but will be soon!
First you’ll need to import your subtitle file and your video. Then using the video editor’s subtitle editing tools create the appearance you want. Different video editing apps offer different features, but generally you’ll be able to modify the following:
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