Making subtitles in an art. We might think that subtitles are just text added on top of videos and that do the job but it must more complicated than that. Just by reading the BBC subtitles guidelines we finally understand how complex creating subtitles can be. Your subtitles need to be readable and perfectly synced with the video and perfectly follow the reading skills of your audience. For example, you don't make subtitles for adults the same as subtitles for children.

What font to choose when it comes to subtitles?

When it comes to choosing the right font for your subtitles, you might as well think wisely about what font to choose. Don't worry, this articles if here to help you choosing the most adapted font for you subtitles.

When you setup a font for your subtitles make sure to use a readable and light font. You don't want to cover up your video with a font too creative like Impact, Modak or Pacifico. Your subtitles should be so easy to ready that your viewers should even forget that they're watching your videos with the subtitles on. That is a powerful subtitle!

Here's a list of the top 5 font for subtitles:

  1. Arial

  2. This font is literally everywhere and we don't even notice it! If you used a PC then you are already familiar with this font because Arial was the by-default font for Window OS until 2007. I didn't even knew that before writing this article.

    Subtitles with "Arial" font

    Tiresias Infofront - BBC

    Tiresias is a family was designed with the aim of legibility by people with impaired vision at the Scientific Research Unit of Royal National Institute of Blind People in London. Tiresias Info front is not a very well know font but it's the official font of the BBC.

    Subtitles with "Tiresias Infofront" font


    Helvetica or Neue Haas Grotesk is a widely used font developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer. Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann. This font is mainly know because it's the recommended on for Apple devices.

    Subtitles with "Helvetica" font


    Roboto is the default font on Android and most of Google services such as Google+ (RIP), Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Images.

    Subtitles with "Roboto" font


    That one is quite massive. Less elegant but at least your audience will see it. But you might want to reduce the font size if you don't want to hide a part of the image. Fortunately you can do that with Happy Scribe's Subtitle Generator.

    Subtitles with "Archivo" font
    Custom your subtitles with Happy Scribe's Subtitles Generator

    With Happy Scribe's Subtitles Generator you can choose a specific fonts for your subtitles and make sure they perfectly match your need. Happy Scribe offers a large set of subtitles fonts including the ones mentioned above. More than that, you can custom your subtitles in every details like change the formatting, the alignment or the font style.

    Change subtitles formatting

    Setup every details of your subtitles by changing your subtitles font, the color or the size. Adapt your subtitles to your audience to guarantee them the best subtitling experience.

    Edit subtitle background

    It may happen that the image of your video impact the readability of your subtitles. With Happy Scribe's Subtitle Generator you can easily add a transparent background to your subtitles in order to improve the superposition of your subtitles with your video.

    Select subtitle position

    If your video already contains incrusted subtitles or you don't want to hide the content of your video with your subtitles, you can easily change the position of your subtitles to make sure they don't impact the viewing experience of your video.

    Psssst... If you want to get creative and use not recommended fonts like Impact, Modak or Pacifico, that's also possible with Happy Scribe but don't say anything ;)

    Use an online video editor and add subtitles afterwards

    If you are editing your video with an online video editor, but you still want to use Happy Scribe to generate your subtitles, don't worry. You will be able to auto generate an SRT or VTT file and hardcode it into your footage seamlessly.
    Some video editing tools will also enable you to upload those SRT files into your footage, without having to use any third party tools.