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:

Preview Screen of Teleprompter Mobile App

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.

Adding subtitles to your iphone video

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.

Setting a countdown before and after recording can improve the subtitles

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.

Here is a video example using subtitles

YouTube Video showing how to add subtitles to your iphone videos

8 Comments

  1. Harris Jensen

    How do I access Google so I can use documents from my Google Drive for use with the teleprompter?

    • Phil

      Hi Harris,

      When you go to add a script you should see the option to import from Google Drive.

      If you select this option and then log in, you can import scripts from your Google Drive.

      Phil

  2. Mikhail

    How can I put subtitles on myself – a surname and a profession, for example?

    • Phil

      Hi Mikhail,

      The subtitles which get added to your video are the words which you read in the script. You cannot choose different subtitles.

      Kind regards, Phil

  3. João

    I’m still having trouble with subtitle synchronization. i’m doing exactly the way it’s shown in the video above, but it isn’t possible to match speech to the subtitles. They finish even before I finish my lines.

    • Phil

      Hi João, if they are finishing before you finish your lines, it sounds to me like you are using a countdown at the end to stop recording. This is fine, but you need to aim to finish speaking at the same time as the countdown starts as the app expects you to finish reading at the same time as the script stops scrolling. It can be tricky to get right initially but once you’ve mastered how it works you’ll find it easy and it’ll save you so much time! 🙂 Phil

  4. Tatiana

    Can Google/Youtube crawl these embedded captions/subtitles?

    • Phil

      Hi Tatiana,

      If you use our functionality to embed the captions onto the video, then Google and YouTube cannot crawl them and they will not help with SEO. However, if you use our functionality to export subtitles as an .srt file then you can use this subtitle file to add captions on your video later using YouTube studio. Adding captions in this way is helpful for YouTube SEO. Various studies have also found that adding subtitles like this also helps with Google SEO because the search engine can understand more about what the video is about, and therefore rank it more accurately. Therefore, for SEO adding subtitles later using the .srt export functionality is better. However, studies on Social Media video engagement has found that videos with subtitles ‘burned in’ have higher viewer figures on average. This is due to the fact that videos are played on mute initially, and the viewer can only understand what it is about by reading the subtitles. By making the subtitles stand out you are more likely to attract people’s attention. Therefore, different approaches on different platforms might be a good strategy but it depends on what you are trying to achieve. Thanks for a great question.

      Phil

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