Adding subtitles and captions in DaVinci Resolve

Subtitles are becoming more and more important, especially for digital content creators and accessibility reasons. Not only does the on-screen text help the hearing-impaired audience members, but when it comes to digital content, a big part of the viewers also don’t listen to videos with sound, so subtitles are a great way to go if you want to make sure your videos reach a wide-ranging audience.

In which format do I download my captions?

  • SRT (SubRip Text): The SRT format is simple: Each caption has a number, a start and end timecode (in decimals), and one or more lines of text with HTML tags. SRT captions can be imported or exported as separate files, but they can’t be embedded in an output media file. Unlike captions in other formats, exported SRT captions can be read and edited in a plain text editor.
  • FCPXML (Final Cut Pro X XML): With this format, you can easily transfer the details of your files and projects between Final Cut Pro X and third-party applications that do not natively recognize Final Cut Pro X.

Adding subtitles in DaVinci Resolve:

Importing captions is very easy:

  • Open your project, click on 'File' and select 'Import…' or 'Import AAF, EDL, XML.'
  • Choose your SRT or FCPXML file, and select 'Import'. 
  • DaVinci Resolve will lay out all the captions in the video according to the timecodes in the file.
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