Best free subtitle editors

SubtitlesSynch is a free and portable utility, able to let you fix your subtitles easily by adding or removing time delay. SubtitlesSynch is as simple as it can be, you will not face any difficulty using it.

Subtitle Workshop is a powerful and free subtitle editing tool. It supports many subtitle formats and advanced functions. Subtitle Workshop includes spell checking and an advanced video preview feature. Here is an example of how you can adjust the subtitles of a movie (supposing your already have a subtitles file): Play the video until you reach the first spoken dialog or the first place that should be subtitled in the movie, and when you hear/read it, take a note of the time (you will need it later). Seek near the end of the video and when you hear/read the last spoken dialog or the last place that should be subtitled, take note of this time too. You can additionally take this two time-values from an external video player instead of using Subtitle Workshop’s video preview. After you have followed these steps, click the “Edit/Timings/Adjust subtitles…” option, or press the [Ctrl]+[B] keys. Switch to the “Simple” tab. In the “First spoken line” write the first time, and in “Last spoken line” write the last time. Then press the Adjust! button.

SubMagic is a tool to convert, edit, translate, synchronize or create movie subtitles. SubMagic supports several subtitle formats. It comes without a help file, and the web site doesn’t offer much help either; however, although it has many features, it is easy to use.

Subtitle Adjustment Tool will help you adjust the timing of movie subtitles; it supports .srt and .sub subtitle files. You can move the subtitles front or back certain seconds. After you load the movie and the subtitles into this tool, you can see the problems and make the necessary adjustments.

AVIAddXSubs will let you add subtitles to videos converting original srt files you may have. The program will also let you configure font family, font size, color, outline, position, etc. This is achieved through srt conversion to another format, with subtitles being stored as images. The program won’t re-encode the video, so that its quality remains the same. The generated subtitles are “soft”, not burned in the picture, so the user is able to activate/deactivate through the player’s remote control. Please note that this program aims at showing subtitles in a hardware player and not in the PC. Note also that to configure the program so that subtitles appear in the exact position you want them, there is no other way than experimentation.

DivXLand Media Subtitler allows you to create and edit subtitle files for AVI, MPG, WMV and all type of video. The subtitle creation process consists in using a plain text file containing the dialog lines in sequential order and applying these lines as subtitles into the opened media file during video playback with just a click. The program includes features to let you edit and improve existing subtitle files as well. It supports more than 30 subtitle formats.

Jubler will help you edit textual subtitles. It can be used as an authoring software for new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles. Jubler supports the most popular subtitle formats, and offers real-time subtitles preview, spell checking, translation mode, styles editing, and more. Key editing features: Editing individual subtitles * Splitting * Joining * Time shifting * Frame rate conversion automatically, by user request or using a free user factor * Fixing time inconsistencies such as overlapping with an optimization algorithm * Undo & redo * Cut, copy, paste, delete areas according to time & color patterns * Clear areas used for hearing impaired.

Subtitle Edit is a free editor to easily adjust a subtitle if it is out of sync with the video. Features: Visually sync/adjust a subtitle (start/end position and speed) * Create/adjust subtitle lines * Translation helper (for manual translation) * Convert between SubRib, MicroDVD, Substation Alpha, SAMI, and more * Import VobSub sub/idx binary subtitles (code is ripped from Subtitle Creator by Erik Vullings/Manusse) * Can read and write UTF-8 and other unicode files (besides ANSI) * Show texts earlier/later * Merge/split * Adjust display time * Fix common errors wizard * Remove text for hear impaired * Renumbering * Swedish to danish translation built-in (via Multi Translator Online) * Google translation built-in * Spell checking via Open Office dictionaries/NHunspell (many dictionaries available) * Effects: Typewriter and karaoke * Can open subtitles embedded inside matroska files * History/undo manager * Compare subtitles * Multiple search and replace

AHD Subtitles Maker will help you create text-based subtitles for a movie. It creates subtitles without the need of scripts and it can convert several subtitle formats. AHD Subtitles Maker will create the subtitles in a separate (not incorporated in the media) text file, and it supports the most common text-based subtitle formats, such as Power Divx / DVD Subtitles.

Check this post if you need to convert multiple-languages MKV movies with external subtitles, and also these posts on the best free video converters and the best free media players.