Hands up.  Have you watched a video online in the last 48 hours?  In the last 24 hours? In the last hour?  I’m guessing your hand is up. If not, what have you been doing?! No, never-mind, don't answer that!

Second question.  Did you watch that video with the audio off, using your eyes to read the words on the screen instead of using your ears to listen to the sound?

Is your hand still up?

If so, it’s probable that you have observed an SRT file in use.

So what is an SRT file?

An SRT file (also known as SubRip or .srt) is a file format that allows video editors to position text onto a video after it has been produced. By converting audio to text, you can make closed captions or subtitles.  An SRT file makes this marriage of words and video possible.

Are there other subtitle formats?

SRT files are not the only type of subtitle file format, but it is one of the more widely supported types. WebVTT (.VTT) is another subtitle file format. It is a newer method of subtitling that has more functionality. Another subtitle format is EBU-STL (.STL). This format is used primarily with European broadcasters for subtitling TV programmes.

Why should I use an SRT file to subtitle my video?

Up to 85% of Facebook videos are viewed without sound. So, for one, including subtitles to your video will help increase viewership.  Additionally, subtitles can provide better comprehension for those who are hard of hearing or who viewing your content in a non-native language.  Finally, adding subtitles can increase SEO.

An easy way to create custom SRT files.

Unfortunately, accurate subtitles and closed captions don’t magically appear at the bottom of every video. Someone, or some programme, has to methodically convert the audio to text, expertly time that audio to the text, and overlay this on a video.

Doing this manually is a time-consuming process.  Luckily, Happy Scribe offers an easy way to create a custom SRT file automatically. Here’s how:

  1. Upload your video file to Happy Scribe. No size restriction and the first 30 minutes are free.
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2.   Happy Scribe will auto transcribe your video. Your file will be converted from video to text in just a few minutes using our SRT subtitles creator.

3.   Proofread and Edit. The SRT file generator has a very high accuracy rate, but no transcription is 100% perfect.

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4.  Customise your subtitle font, size, position and background.

Customise your subtitle font, size and position with Happy Scribe SRT File Generator.

5. Click on download and choose the SRT subtitle format.

Happy Scribe makes it easy to create a custom SRT file.

There you have it! You’ve successfully generated a custom SRT file. Creating a custom SRT file is as easy as that.