How To Edit a SRT File
Flawed subtitles are annoying and all too common. You can’t relax and enjoy your movie or show if the text isn’t correct or the subtitles aren’t on time.
If you run across an unsatisfactory subtitle, your new move is probably either to download a new subtitle file or to try to make it work through your video player (GOM Player, VLC Media, Windows Media Player, etc.).
When the subtitle needs to be sped up or slowed down, you can just use your video player. But what if the text itself needs changing? Or if the subtitle’s timing is too erratic to be fixed with a video player?
This article will show you how you can easily edit and fix your subtitles by opening their SRT files. First, let’s go through the basics.
What Are SRT Files?
SRT (SubRip Text) is a file type used for subtitles.
Subtitles are basically written as normal text files. If you save them with the extension SRT instead of TXT, you will make them readable by video player programs.
- Start by creating a new file with you text editor of choice, you can leave the file blank or write something in it.
- Now, save the file with a .srt extension, the file is named yoursubtitle.srt in this example.
- Once you save the text you’ve written as an SRT file, you will probably notice that its icon has changed into your default video player’s icon (this doesn’t always happen, as it depends on the video player you use).
How Can You Edit an SRT File?
If there are mistakes – such as typos, lags, or translation errors – that you would like to change in your subtitle, you can try various tools. All that you need to do is open the SRT file, make the change, and save it.
Here are some tools that allow you to do that.
Using Notepad is probably the easiest way to correct a subtitle by editing the SRT file. You don’t have to download and install Notepad, as it comes pre-installed on every PC. On a Mac, you can use TextEdit instead.
So, the first step is to open the SRT file that you want to edit. When you try to double-click on the SRT file, you will notice that your system doesn’t know how to open it because of the file’s SRT extension. Since none of the default programs recognize this type of file, you need to select a program manually.
- Right-click on the SRT file, and then select the Open With option. You should be able to see Notepad under its list of programs, but if that’s not the case, click on Select Default Program and find Notepad.
- Now that you have opened the file that you want to change, you have access to its content. From there, you will be able to see that the SRT file consists of time-stamps and the text itself. All that you need to do now is make the change that you want and save the file.
Remember that you cannot change the file’s extension. It must remain SRT in order to be recognized by your video player.
If you have Notepad++ installed (which is usually used for programming) you can use that as well. Notepad++ will be displayed on the first menu when you right-click on the SRT File.
Video Converter Studio
Video Converter Studio allows you to do wonders with your movies. You can convert your movie into different formats without losing on picture quality. It also lets you play the movie and customize your watching experience.
When it comes to editing subtitles, this program offers tons of interesting features. For example, you can change your subtitle’s color, font, style, positioning, and effects. You can also use this program to edit an SRT file.
- To do so, launch the Video Converter Studio and add the video file.
- After that, click on Edit and select Subtitle.
- Next, click on the Add Subtitle button and browse for the SRT file that you want to include.
- After selecting the SRT file, click the T button. This will open a window where you will be able to change your subtitle’s characteristics.
You can download this software here.
The Subtitle Workshop is a program that supports opening, editing and converting different file types. It has a huge Subtitle API library that currently has over 60 subtitle formats.
The interface is quite user-friendly, so you won’t have trouble figuring this software out.
- To open and then edit your SRT file, open the program and select File.
- Then click on Load Subtitle and select the SRT file that you want to change.
- Now, go to Movie, click on Open and select the appropriate video. After you have done that, you will be ready to edit and save your subtitles.
- Select Edit and then choose the category that you want to change (Subtitles, Translation, Texts, or Timings).
Not only is using Subtitle Workshop is easy and effective, it’s also free to download. You can download the Subtitle Workshop here.
Enjoy Your Favorite Movies
You now know what to do when you come across a corrupt movie subtitle. And if you want to test yourself out as a subtitle creator, the previously mentioned tools can be a big help. There are many other tools that you can use for the same purpose, but the ones on our list are definitely reliable choices.
Do you have a tool that you find useful for editing SRT files? Comment down below and let us know.