The Teleprompter for Video app has a useful feature which allows you to add subtitles to your videos with ease.
This post gives information about how the subtitles are added and includes some tips for how you can get the most from it.
How do I get subtitles added to my iPhone videos?
After recording, you will be taken to the preview screen where you can choose to Save, Share or Add Subtitles:
Tap the Add Subtitles button and you will be presented with some options to set the appearance of the subtitles. You can set the background colour, how many lines to show and where to position the subtitles.
Once you’ve selected these options, tap Add subtitles to add the subtitles to your preview video.
Finally, if you are happy with the preview, tap Save or Share.
How does the app work out the timing of the subtitles
You are reading from a script, so the app already knows the words you are going to say. It then splits this script down into chunks which fit comfortably in the width of the video, and then proportionally spreads them throughout the video. What this means for you, is that in order to get a perfect fit of subtitles to your voice, you need to keep the scrolling speed consistent throughout, and avoid pausing the scrolling.
It can also be advantageous to set a countdown before and after recording. The reason this is helpful is because the subtitles are then split precisely between the start of scrolling and finish of scrolling. If you do not have a countdown at the start or end, then time is taken to get into position, or to press stop at the end, but the subtitles do not know this and therefore will not fit perfectly across the video.
Other tips for getting perfect subtitles
- The subtitles are simply going to show what is written in your script. Therefore make sure your spelling and grammar are correct.
- Try to read your script when it is in the Black area (in the middle of the screen when recording landscape, or at the top of the screen when recording portrait).
- Do not adlib.
- Practice makes perfect. You may not get a perfect result first time but after a few tries you will be pleased with how much time this feature can save you.