How to Add Subtitles in DaVinci Resolve [ 2024 Updated🔥]

Learn how to add subtitles in DaVinci Resolve effortlessly with our step-by-step tutorial! Enhance accessibility, and make your videos more inclusive.

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Updated on Jan 11, 2024

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In today's digital age, video content has become an essential part of communication and entertainment. Whether you are a Vlogger, YouTuber, or TikTok creator, adding subtitles to your videos can enhance their accessibility and reach a wider audience.

DaVinci Resolve is a powerful and popular video editing software that offers a range of tools to seamlessly add subtitles to your videos. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of adding subtitles in DaVinci Resolve, catering to both beginners and experienced users.

Below is a comparison of these methods.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
Create Subtitles Manually Particularly useful when fine-tuning subtitles Easy
Import SRT Subtitles Reliable when you have SRT subtitle files Easy
Bonus: EaseUS VideoKit Generate subtitles automatically and accurately Super easy

Method 1: Create Subtitles Manually

DaVinci Resolve allows users to manually add subtitles to MKV and other files for free. Users have full control over the timing and content of the subtitles. With this method, you can ensure perfect synchronization between the audio and the text displayed on the screen. This manual approach is particularly useful when you want to fine-tune the subtitles for accuracy and readability.

Below is the tutorial to create subtitles manually in DaVinci Resolve 18 :

Step 1. Access the Edit Page

To begin, navigate to the edit page by clicking on "Edit" from the horizontal menu bar at the bottom of the screen.

davinci resolve access edit page

Step 2. Add a Subtitle Track

Drag your video onto the timeline, then right-click on the left side of the timeline where your video track is located. Select "Add Subtitle Track" from the menu that appears.

davinci resolve add subtitle track

Step 3. Add Your Subtitles

Move the cursor to the starting point of your dialogue, right-click on the subtitle track, and choose "Add Subtitle" to insert your first subtitle. A new panel labeled "Inspector" will appear in the top right corner of the interface, allowing you to input your subtitles.

davinci resolve add your subtitles

To personalize the appearance of your subtitles, click on "Custom Caption" located below the subtitle editing area. Here, you can adjust the font, color, outline, size, background, and other elements.

Step 4. Export Subtitles

Go to the Delivery page, and choose your export format and all the settings you require for exporting your final video.

davinci resolve export subtitle

To add subsequent lines of subtitles, simply move the cursor to the beginning of the next audio segment, right-click on the subtitle track, and select "Add Subtitle" to include another subtitle entry.

📺Below is a vivid video tutorial on how to add subtitles in DaVinci Resolve 16:

  • 0.12: add your first subtitle
  • 0.52: editing your first subtitle position the playhead
  • 1.15: export your video with your new subtitles
  • 1.22: subtitle settings
  • 1.49: include the subtitle

Method 2: Import SRT Subtitles

Compared to manually recognizing and adding subtitles track by track, importing SRT subtitles is a faster process. However, if you don't have an SRT file, you can upload your video on YouTube as a private video and use its built-in subtitle addition features to export the subtitle file. Then download YouTube videos on Mac or Windows first, and then extract subtitles. Alternatively, you can also use EaseUS to export your subtitle file.

By following the below steps, you can seamlessly add and customize subtitles in DaVinci Resolve:

Step 1. Go to the "File" menu and select "Import," then "Subtitle." Choose the subtitle file from your device and drag it onto your timeline.

davinci resolve import subtitle file

Step 2. Drag the subtitle file and place it where the dialogue starts to ensure perfect synchronization.

davinci resolve place subtitle

Step 3. Click the subtitle, and you'll see a panel below "Inspector" on the right side of the interface, you can edit SRT file, and adjust the subtitles and their font, size, and color by clicking the "Customize Caption" below the "Caption."

davinci resolve adjust subtitle

Step 4. Head to the Delivery page and choose one of the following options to export your subtitles: As a separate file, Burn into video, or embed into video. Select the option that best suits your needs and export your video with subtitles.

davinci resolve save subtitle

Bonus Tip: Best Alternative to DaVinci Resolve

From the information above, we can see that manually adding subtitles can be quite cumbersome, especially for longer videos. Importing subtitle files directly might not be suitable for every content creator. In such cases, EaseUS VideoKit, a tool that can automatically recognize speech and generate subtitles with incredibly high accuracy, fits the needs of most content creators.

EaseUS VideoKit supports over 100 mainstream languages and boasts an accuracy rate of up to 90%. It does not impose any limitations on video size or format. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, anyone can efficiently create subtitles using this tool, and it supports exporting subtitles in both SRT and TXT formats.

Features of EaseUS VideoKit:

  • Process videos rapidly with AI
  • Support more than 100 languages
  • Generate subtitles with high precision and accuracy
  • Capable of extracting audio from video

If you find this tool more suitable for your needs, click the button below to give it a try.

To Conclude

To conclude, in the above content, we presented two methods for adding subtitles to your videos in DaVinci Resolve and provided detailed step-by-step instructions. Whether you choose manual entry or importing subtitles, you can refer to the information in this article.

If you need to add subtitles to longer videos or lack subtitle files, we recommend using EaseUS VideoKit. It not only generates highly accurate subtitles for you but also allows you to export subtitle files.

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FAQs About How to Add Subtitles in DaVinci Resolve

If you still have doubts or questions about this topic, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that users often inquire about.

1. How to add subtitles to a video?

To add subtitles to a video, you can manually type the subtitles in the subtitle track, or use a subtitle generator to analyze and generate subtitles automatically.

2. How do I permanently add subtitles to a video?

You can use video editing software like EaseUS VideoKit to permanently add subtitles to a video. You can follow these steps:

Step 1. Open EaseUS VideoKit and find the "Subtitle Generator" panel. Then "Choose File" or drag the YouTube video file to the interface.

Step 2. Wait for the AI analysis, and click the "Text" button to change the text, or customize font, background, and position under the "Style" menu.

Step 3. Click "Export Subtitle" to select exported subtitle format, "Save to" to change location, and press "Export" to export the video with subtitles.

3. How to format SRT subtitles?

Formatting SRT subtitles follows a specific structure to ensure proper synchronization and readability. Here are the guidelines for formatting SRT subtitles:

  • The format of the timecode is "hh:mm:ss,sss" (hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds)
  • The subtitle text should be clear, concise, and easy to read.
  • Line Breaks: Limit each subtitle to two lines.
  • Keep each line within 40-60 characters
  • Use plain text without any special styling.
  • Each subtitle entry should contain only one complete thought or sentence.

4. How can I add subtitles to a video without any software?

You can add subtitles to a video without using any software by using online tools like Kapwing or Clideo.

Step 1. Upload your video and subtitle file.

Step 2. Then merge them together.

Step 3. After merging, download the video with embedded subtitles.

Additionally, some social media platforms, like YouTube, offer built-in subtitle addition features for uploaded videos.

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