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How To Create English Subtitles

English is one of the most commonly used languages across the world, with 1.5 billion people speaking it as their first language. English is spoken in many countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and many more. English is also the official language of the European Union, making it an important language for business and international relations.

Adding subtitles to audio and video in the English language can be an invaluable tool for researchers, marketers, and businesses. Subtitles can be used to create a more engaging experience for viewers, enabling them to more easily understand and comprehend the content. Subtitles can also be used to draw attention to important points and key messages that may otherwise go unnoticed.

What are Subtitles?

Subtitles are textual versions of the spoken dialogue in audio and video content. They are designed to make it easier for viewers to understand and comprehend the content, as well as to provide a more engaging experience. Subtitles are typically displayed at the bottom of the screen, and can be either hard-coded into the video or added as an overlay.

Subtitles are different than captions, which are text-based versions of the audio that include sound effects, music, and other audio cues. Captions are typically used in videos that are not in English, or to provide additional context for viewers who may be deaf or hard of hearing.

Benefits of Transcription and Subtitles

Creating subtitles for audio and video can be a time-consuming process, but the benefits can be substantial. Subtitles can be used to draw attention to specific points, create a more engaging experience, and make it easier for viewers to understand and comprehend the content. They are also a great way to make content accessible to viewers who may not be able to hear the audio, or who may not speak the language used in the video.

Subtitles can also help improve search engine optimization (SEO) by providing additional keywords and phrases that can help videos and audio content rank higher in search engine results. Creating subtitles also makes it easier to share content with a larger audience, as subtitles can be easily translated into other languages.

How to Create English Subtitles

Creating subtitles for audio and video content in the English language can be done with a few different methods. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to create subtitles is to use Speak AI’s speech recognition and natural language platform. Speak AI’s platform uses advanced speech recognition technology to automatically transcribe audio and video content, making it easy to generate accurate subtitles in minutes.

Speak AI’s platform is also designed to make it easy to edit and modify subtitles, allowing users to quickly add or remove words and phrases, and make changes to the timing of the subtitles. With Speak AI’s platform, users can easily create subtitles in any language, making it an invaluable tool for researchers, marketers, and businesses.


Creating subtitles for audio and video in the English language can be a valuable tool for researchers, marketers, and businesses. Subtitles can be used to create a more engaging experience for viewers, as well as to draw attention to key messages or important points. Speak AI’s speech recognition and natural language platform makes it easy to create accurate and high-quality subtitles in minutes, making it an invaluable tool for researchers, marketers, and businesses.


Step 1: Create a Speak Account

To start your English subtitling, you first need to create a Speak account. No worries, this is super easy to do!

Our team is happy to give you a 7-day trial with 30 minutes of free English audio and video subtitling included.

To sign up for Speak and start your English subtitling, visit the Speak app register page here.

Step 2: Upload your English file(s) for subtitling

We typically recommend MP4s for video or MP3s for audio.

However, we accept a range of audio and video file types. Once you upload your file all you have to do is select "English" from the language dropdown menu to automatically subtitle in English.

You can upload your English file for subtitling in several ways using Speak:

Accepted English Audio File Types

  • English MP3
  • English M4A
  • English WAV
  • English OGG
  • English WEBM
  • English M4P

Accepted English Video File Types

  • English MP4
  • English M4V
  • English WMV
  • English AVI
  • English MOV
  • English FLV

Publicly Available English URLs

You can also upload media to Speak through a publicly available URL.

As long as the file type extension is available at the end of the URL you will have no problem importing your recording for automatic English subtitling and analysis.

English YouTube URLs

Speak is compatible with YouTube videos. All you have to do is copy the URL of the YouTube video (for example,

Speak will automatically find the file, calculate the length, and import the video.

Please make sure you use the full link and not the shortened YouTube snippet. Additionally, make sure you remove the channel name from the URL.

Speak Integrations

As mentioned, Speak also contains a range of integrations for Zoom, Zapier, Vimeo and more that will help you automatically subtitle your media.

This library of integrations continues to grow! Have a request? Feel encouraged to send us a message.

Step 3: Calculate and pay the total automatically

Once you have your English audio or video file ready and load it into Speak, it will automatically calculate the total cost (you get 30 minutes free in the trial - take advantage of it!).

You can pay by subscribing to a personalized plan using our real-time calculator with included minutes.

You can also add a balance or pay for uploads without a plan using your credit card.

Step 4: Wait for Speak to subtitle your English audio or English video

Our automated subtitling software will prepare your English subtitles in as little as a few minutes. Generally, Speak takes about half the audio or video length to produce the subtitles and insights.

Once completed, you will get an email notification that your English subtitles is complete. That email will contain a link back to the file so you can access the interactive media player with the English subtitles, analysis, and export formats ready for you.

Step 5: View and edit your automated English subtitles​

Want to tackle the subtitles edits yourself? All good! Once you receive your automated subtitles you have the option to edit your subtitles at any time.

Easily update speaker names, find and replace, and get your automatic English subtitles up to full accuracy with our intuitive subtitles editing system.

Step 6: Export your English subtitles and share interactive media players

With Speak, you can easily export English subtitles to many formats.

Below is a list of options for exporting your English subtitles in Speak:

  • Export English subtitles to SRTs
  • Export English subtitles to VTTs

A more effective way of sharing subtitles is through a shareable media library that includes the media file, AI insights and interactive subtitles.

There is so much more that you can do with Speak to enrich the value of your media and subtitles.

Never hesitate to send us a message on live chat - we are always here to help!

We talked about English subtitling here, but you may be interested in how to subtitle in other languages instantly and easily with Speak's intuitive subtitling and natural language processing software.

We’ve shared resources below on all the languages Speak can help you subtitle!

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How Much Does It Cost To Subtitle English?

Speak offers highly competitive pricing for English subtitling compared to other subtitling solutions. For a starting user, Speak offers automated English subtitling for only $0.06 USD per minute. That is only $3.6 USD per hour!

We also scale our pricing based on media volume and can offer even bigger discounts to large customers.

So, if you have over 100 hours of English subtitling per month please contact us through live chat and we will set you up with a customized price per minute to make English subtitling even more affordable!

You can learn more about how to subtitle English with Speak and the relevant pricing on the website pricing page and the in-app pricing page.

What Can You Subtitle In English?

  • Subtitle English interviews
  • Subtitle English videos
  • Subtitle English audio
  • Subtitle English earnings calls
  • Subtitle English focus groups
  • Subtitle English meetings
  • Subtitle English phone calls
  • Subtitle English YouTube videos
  • Subtitle English Vimeo videos
  • Subtitle English Zoom recordings
  • Subtitle English Google Meet recordings
  • Subtitle Microsoft Teams recordings
  • Subtitle English podcasts

And so much more!

What Other Languages Can Speak Subtitle?

Speak already has users from over 90 countries and we continuously get requests to subtitle and analyze in different languages.

So, we continuously add more languages to Speak! Here are just some of the growing list of languages that Speak offers:

There are now many more added!

You can see the entire list of languages Speak supports through both the software and APIs.

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