How to create automated subtitles and captions using VLC Media Player

VLC Player with Subtitles

Creating automated subtitles and captions using VLC Media Player is relatively easy. VLC Media Player is a free, open-source multimedia player that allows users to easily add captions and subtitles to videos and movies. Since VLC Media Player is not a “caption editor” per se, there are a few extra steps versus using something like Handbrake.

You’ll need to use Sonix for automated transcription and then once you have the transcript from Sonix, you can easily export an SRT file to VLC Media Player.

Step-by-step instructions on how to get automated subtitles into your video using VLC Media Player.

STEP 1: Upload video to Sonix

Sonix accepts multiple file formats. Simply locate your file on your desktop and upload it to Sonix. If you don’t have a Sonix account you can create a free trial here:

STEP 2: Polish / edit your transcript in Sonix

Sonix has a built-in text editor so you can edit the text watching the video. It’s like magic!

STEP 3: Export SRT

Click EXPORT in Sonix and then select SRT and adjust your subtitles length and number of lines.

STEP 4: Add subtitle file to VLC

To encode subtitles in VLC on Mac, go to the “File” tab, then select “Convert and Stream” and add the subtitle file by clicking on “Open Media”. 

STEP 5: Choose profile

Go to the “Choose profile” and choose DVB Subtitle, then check the box next to Overlay subtitles on the video.

STEP 6: Save your file

Click on “Apply”, then “Save File”, then “Browse”. Select a folder island then save your file. 

That’s it! It’s pretty simple once you know your way around the VLC Media Player.

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