Subtitles and captions are vital in media industries and for individuals across the world. We've made most of the most commonly used caption formats available to you, but your choice largely depends on your editing needs. What should be displayed in your subtitle file?
Our platform supports .vtt, .srt, and .edl exports.
VTT is modeled after SRT, and is essentially a newer version which accommodates text formatting, positioning, and rendering options (such as pop-up, roll-on, paint-on, etc.). VTT (Video Text Tracks) is the caption format used for HTML5 text track rendering, i.e. the editing of external text tracks. It is compatible with videos on cloud-based, HTML5 media players and video management systems.
SRT (SubRip Text format) is a widely used and broadly compatible subtitle format which contains the beginning and end times and the text for each subtitle. As a subtitle format, it displays 1. a number indicating which subtitle it is in the sequence, 2. the time that the subtitle should appear on the screen and then disappear, 3. the caption text, 4. a blank line indicating the start of a new subtitle. It is compatible with videos played on most media players.
EDL (Edit Decision List) is a much more niche file format used to pull key moments out of a transcript and connect them to the moments in which they occur in the video. The EDL file format specifies editing choices during production and includes the location of source video data and timecodes for when to use the video. An EDL is not the best choice for captioning an entire video, but it is of use for larger video editing projects as it allows the original project to be recreated in a separate editing system.
Which Should I Choose?
Depending on the video editing software you use, you may need one caption format instead of the other. We always suggest a quick google search for more illustrative explanations, but hope this helps in the meantime.
Let our Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you've got any further questions - they're always happy to help out!