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8 key points to consider when subtitling a video

There are several things to consider when it comes to being able to subtitle a video quickly and well, namely:

1- How long it will take. This is what determines whether you'll be able to subtitle all your videos or limit yourself to a few rare exceptions. However, automatic retranscription combined with an intuitive user interface are the keys to fast subtitling.
2 - The transcription quality of the speech-to-text tool will determine the time you spend correcting errors. We generally take the transcription rate when only one person is speaking, because when several people are talking at the same time, no solution will give you a perfect result.
3- Where you can position them. You need to be able to position the text blocks where you want them, and potentially not all in the same place.

4- Text customization, choice of typeface, color, shadow, background,...
5- Text organization within each block. Most tools divide the transcription into 3-second blocks. Sometimes a sentence straddles 2 blocks, making it difficult to understand. You need to be able to easily adjust the text between 2 blocks.
6- The subtitle file. In addition to being able to embed subtitles in your video, you need to be able to retrieve them in SRT, WTT or TXT format, to use them in other tools.
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- The format of your video. You need to be able to change the format of your video so that the size and location of subtitles adapt automatically.
8- Template creation. You need to be able to save your subtitle customization in a template, so that you can automatically apply it to other videos where you only need to correct the errors.

How do I subtitle a video?

Step 1: Automatically generate your subtitles

Select your video and click on the Customize button. Select the Text & layer function, then select the video language to generate subtitles in the same language, and start transcribing. If you're using a customization template, skip to step 4.

Step 2: Adjust the location of your subtitles

Once you've finished transcribing, select a block of text, adjust its position on the video and its size so as not to cover the essential elements of your video, and determine the number of lines of text you wish to display.

Step 3: Customize text display

Once the location has been validated, select a text block and click on the Layout button to customize the display of your subtitles (font, size, color, shadow, background, etc.). Once you've finished customizing your text block, click Update to apply your changes to all the subtitles in your video. You also have the option (without clicking on update) of customizing each text block individually to reinforce the message.

Step 4: Correct any transcription errors

Make your corrections directly in the text blocks that appear in the list. Your corrections appear directly on the video preview, making it easier to re-read. At any time, you can start playback of the block you have just corrected to ensure that the image/voice synchronization is still correct.

Step 5: Adjust block content

Since automatic retranscription generates text blocks of the same size, a sentence may straddle 2 or 3 text blocks, which can sometimes make reading and understanding less easy. You can easily move words from one block to another (from the timeline below the player) simply by clicking on the end of a block and dragging it to the right to retrieve part of the text from the next block. And conversely, by clicking on the beginning of a block and dragging it to the left, you can retrieve text from the previous block. In just a few clicks, you can optimize the reading of each subtitle block.

Step 6: Generate your video

Once your subtitles have been created, customized and corrected, you can generate your video (i.e. a customized copy of your original video). Your subtitles will be permanently embedded in your video. At the same time, a file containing the text of your subtitles will also be generated. You can use this file to create a new version of your video, or to export your subtitles in the format of your choice (SRT, VTT, TXT).

Step 7: Save your customization settings in a template

If you need to subtitle other videos with the same settings, you can generate a template from your video. All you have to do is correct any errors, and Yuzzit will take care of the rest automatically.

With Yuzzit you can add quality subtitles to all your videos

It takes an average of 3 minutes to subtitle 1 minute of video, compared with 20 minutes for conventional video editing software. This means you can enrich all your videos with quality subtitles, without wasting time.
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Frequently asked questions

How do I customize my subtitles?

With the Customize function, once your subtitles have been created (imported, created manually or automatically) you can fully customize them (font, size, color, background, location, etc.). Your customization can be applied to all blocks or just one. When you save your changes, your customized subtitles will be permanently integrated into your video.

How do I retrieve my subtitles from a file?

When you subtitle a video, all the text blocks are automatically saved in a file. You can then download it in SRT, VTT or TXT format. If you want to publish your video directly on social networks, you can choose the option of attaching the subtitle file.

How can I change the format of my video with subtitles?

Once your video has been generated with your subtitles, you can edit it and change the format (landscape, portrait, square, 4:5). The position and size of your subtitles will automatically adapt to the new format.

How can I shorten my video with subtitles?

Once your video has been generated with your subtitles, you can select a part of it using the Trim. Your subtitles will be associated with your new video with the same start and end timecodes.