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Basic Knowledges of Subtitles

Basic Knowledges of Subtitles – – SRT,



Subtitle plays an important role in a video and movie during video enjoyment. It can not only help

viewers to understand content better, but also make video enjoyment accessible to deaf or hard

of hearing people. However, you may find there is no embedded subtitles in a video/movie, which

will cause misunderstanding or annoyance. So how to add or create subtitles by yourself? The most

popular and ordinary subtitle files are SRT, SSA and ASS. Today we will show you the introduction

of these three subtitles and how to add these three kinds of subtitles to your video.

Part 1. What is the SRT, SSA and ASS?

What is a SRT file?

SRT, or SubRip text, is the most basic and simple format for subtitles which is widely used for videos.

Usually, an SRT file mainly contains the number of the subtitle in the sequence, the start and end

times of when the subtitle appears, the subtitle content and a blank line to indicate the start of

next subtitle. SRT does not include any video data. It is just a text file which allows you to create or

edit by using any text editor at will.

What is a SSA file?

The .ssa file extension is commonly associated with Sub Station Alpha freeware application which

is specialize in creating SSA subtitles for video files. It allows you to add more special display effects

such as positioning, karaoke and style managements than the conventional SRT and similar

subtitles. SSA subtitles are saved in text format but complex than SRT.

What is an ASS file?

ASS stands for Advanced SubStation Alpha, which include all the features of SSA and expand more

effects on the basis of SSA. These ASS subtitles are also created by SubStation Alpha software

program. The ASS subtitles allows for formatting and styling of subtitle text and is popular among

Anime and Karaoke projects.

Part 2. How to Add SRT, SSA/ASS Subtitles to Videos?

To add the SRT, ASS/SSA files to your video, I would like to recommend Video Converter Ultimate

to you. This program is not only a video converter as its name shows, but also has other powerful

features such as downloading online videos, burning DVD to popular video and editing video

basically. The most important thing is that it enables you to add external SRT, SSA/ASS files to your

video via edit panel > Subtitle option.

Video Converter Ultimate – Add Subtitles to Video easily

Video Converter Ultimate can help you to add SRT, SSA/ASS files to videos or customize the subtitles

to your video.

Step 1. Load the Video without Subtitle

Drag and drop the videos to Video Converter Ultimate, or clicking “Add Files” button to import the


videos from your local folder.

Step 2. Add Subtitles to Video

Click the “Pencil” icon on the video task bar to open video editing panel. Then lead to “Subtitle”

tab and click “…” icon to import SRT, SSA/ASS from a file browse window. Additionally, you can click

the “Search Subtitle” to open a subtitle website so as to search and download subtitles from here.

Step 3. Edit Subtitles and Export Video

After adjusting the transparency and position of the subtitle, click “OK” to apply the subtitle to

your video. Then you need to go to the “Output Format” selection to choose a format supported

by your devices and click “Convert” button to export your video.


With Video Converter Ultimate, it is easy and straightforward to add SRT, SSA/ASS subtitles to

videos. It also helps to customize you own subtitles with special font and color. Now, download the

trial version and add the subtitles to your video.