What is the best font for your subtitles?

Subtitles

While creating subtitles for your videos with Sonix is fast and easy, there are still some complexities when choosing the best font.

Adding subtitles on top of video is one thing, but making your subtitles readable and perfectly in sync with your video is a bit of an art and a science.

Choosing the right font for your subtitles can be a little confusing, but don’t worry, this article will quickly and easily help you decide which font would be best for your video subtitles.

Top 5 most common subtitle fonts used for video

  • Arial: The Arial font is the most commonly used subtitle font across a wide variety of videos. Arial has been the default font for Window OS until 2007 so most people recognize it and are aware of it.
  • Helvetica: Helvetica was developed in 1957 so it has been around for a really long time. It’s now the recommended font for Apple devices.
  • Roboto: Roboto is the default font on Android and most of Google services products (Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Images).
  • Archivo: Archivo is less popular because it is quite large. If you want a larger font so your viewers really see the subtitles, this is the font for you. Less elegant but at least your audience will see it.
  • Tiresias Infofront: Tiresias is a family of fonts that was designed for people with impaired vision. Tiresias Infofront is quite well known and is also official font of the BBC.

Best practices when choosing subtitle fonts

There are several things to consider when you choose a font for your subtitles.

  1. Make sure to use a readable font
  2. Choose a color that contrasts with your video
  3. Position your subtitles so that they are clearly visible but don’t impede with the video

Your subtitles should be so easy to read enough that your viewers forget that they are even reading them!

To quickly and easily add subtitles you can use Sonix. Sonix allows you to customize your subtitles by choosing fonts, font colors, background colors, and positioning.

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