How to Add Subtitles in QuickTime Player: A Complete Guide📖

Learn how to add subtitles in Quicktime Player with this detailed guide. Follow our step-by-step instructions and become a pro at incorporating subtitles into your videos.

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Updated on Jan 31, 2024

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QuickTime is a multimedia player developed by Apple for handling images, audio, videos, and panoramic images. Currently, it is only available for macOS. In addition to its basic playback capabilities, it also offers features for audio and video recording, screen recording, and simple video editing.

If you choose to use QuickTime Player to watch a video without built-in subtitles, your viewing experience may be affected. In such cases, you need to know how to add subtitles to QuickTime Player. The following article will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed guide on how to add subtitles in QuickTime Player.

We have compiled a table displaying testing statistics for the two methods based on effectiveness and difficulty level. We hope this will help you in selecting the most suitable method for yourself!

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
QuickTime Player Low-Only support QT format Easy
EaseUS VideoKit High-Use AI to auto-generate subtitles Super easy

How to Add Subtitles in QuickTime Player

If you want to upload subtitle files into QuickTime Player, there are certain requirements for your subtitle files. Since the software does not support SRT files, it only allows uploading subtitles in QT format. If you have subtitle files in QT format, you can easily add captions to video by following these steps after upgrading QuickTime to QuickTime Pro.

Step 1. Open the video on the QuickTime Player.

quicktime open the video

Step 2. Click "View" on the menu bar and select the "Subtitles" option.

quicktime choose subtitle option

Step 3. Choose your language and click the "Subtitle" icon to add the file while playing the video.

quicktime choose language

📺Below is a video tutorial.

  • 0.00: Intro
  • 0.16: What are captions
  • 0.53: Embedding captions
  • 1.27: Turning on subtitles

Best Subtitle Generator to Embed Subtitle in Video

Since QuickTime Player does not support the SRT format, if you only have a video or movie without any subtitle files, it can be quite troublesome and time-consuming to search for high-precision subtitle files. This is where EaseUS VideoKit comes in handy. This AI auto subtitle generator not only saves you the trouble of searching for subtitles but also accurately adds subtitles to your video.

The newly developed subtitle generation feature of EaseUS VideoKit utilizes AI technology to automatically recognize human voices in videos or audio and generate corresponding subtitles. It boasts an impressive accuracy rate of up to ninety percent. Furthermore, it supports over 100 mainstream languages, allowing you to easily overcome language barriers. You can play the video with subtitles on QuickTime or use the built-in player in EaseUS VideoKit.

Features of EaseUS VideoKit

  • Support more than 100 languages
  • Provide a remarkable accuracy of 90% in subtitle generation
  • Allow exporting subtitles in SRT or TXT file formats
  • Its built-in player helps users check and adjust

Don't hesitate to try using EaseUS VideoKit to add subtitles to videos now!

To use EaseUS VideoKit to add subtitles to MP4 or videos, please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open EaseUS VideoKit and find the "Subtitle Generator" panel.

open easeus videokit

Step 2. Click "Choose File" or drag the YouTube video file to the interface.

Choose File

Step 3. Wait for the AI analyzing.

ai analysis

Step 4. Click the "Text" button to change the text, or customize font, background, and position under "Style" menu.

set up subtitles

Step 5. Click "Export Subtitle" to select exported subtitle format, "Save to" to change location, and press "Export" to export the video with subtitles.


Why Can't QuickTime Even Load SRT Subtitles?

The reason QuickTime cannot directly load SRT subtitles is that it has limited support for subtitle formats. QuickTime primarily supports closed captioning formats like SCC (Scenarist Closed Caption), which are used for broadcasting, rather than open subtitle formats like SRT.

FAQs About How to Add Subtitles in QuickTime Player

If you still have questions about this topic, we have prepared some frequently asked questions from users that may help you.

1. Can I add subtitles in QuickTime?

Yes, you can add subtitles to a video in QuickTime. However, QuickTime itself does not have a built-in feature to directly add external subtitle files like SRT. Instead, you can use a workaround by embedding the subtitles into the video file itself to add subtitles to the video.

2. How do I add subtitles to a video on a Mac?

To add subtitles to a video on Mac, you can use EaseUS VideoKit.

Step 1. Upload your video and it will analyze the vocal and generate subtitles quickly.

Step 2. Download the subtitles video or you can just play the subtitled video with its built-in player.

3. What subtitle format is for QuickTime Player?

QuickTime Player supports several subtitle formats for displaying subtitles along with videos. The most commonly supported formats are QuickTime Text (QTtext), SubStation Alpha (SSA/ASS), and SubRip Subtitle (SRT).


The above article provides 2 methods for adding subtitles to QuickTime Player. We hope this knowledge will make it convenient for you to watch your favorite subtitled movies on QuickTime. Considering the instability of QuickTime Player, we recommend using alternative players or subtitle editing tools with built-in players, such as EaseUS VideoKit.

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