This article has been posted to explain How To Open, Edit, & Convert SRT Files on a3techworld Nigeria, what an SRT file is, how to edit one or make your own, which programs can play the file along with a video, and how to convert one to a different subtitle format.
Unfamiliar file types are the bane of many computer users’ existence. With so many different file extensions in use for such a diverse range of purposes, coming across something with a .srt extension can feel like a headache waiting to happen.
SRT files are a type of subtitle file that accompanies a video file to provide captions on-screen when you play the video.
What Is an SRT File?
An SRT file is a SubRip subtitle file, which contains a series of time codes and the subtitles that accompany those times on the associated video. The file enables your media player to display the appropriate subtitles as the video file is playing.
It’s important to note that SRT files themselves are just text files that are used along with video data. This means the SRT file itself doesn’t contain any video or audio data.
How to Open SRT Files
Opening any SRT file is quite easy, you can open an SRT file with applications like VLC, MPC-HC, KMPlayer, MPlayer, BS.Player, or Windows Media Player (with the VobSub plugin). The SRT format is approved for YouTube videos as well, meaning you can even utilize the subtitles in one of your YouTube videos. How To Open, Edit, & Convert SRT Files.
Opening SRT file as a Text Document:
This section gives you a quick guide on how you can open any SRT file as a text document. Using a word processing program provides a basic way to open the file, although it won’t serve its intended purpose using this approach. However, if you only want to see what the file contains and work out which video file it’s for, this is the most straightforward approach to use.
Right-click the file, choose Open With, and then select whichever word processor you prefer. Generally, choosing WordPad or Notepad is the easiest approach for opening an SRT file, but you can use Microsoft Word or other word processing programs if you prefer. You’ll see a list of timestamps with the associated dialogue underneath.
Opening SRT file in VLC Media Player:
VLC Media Player is a versatile free media player that supports a wide range of video formats and file formats. It’s also one of the best programs to use if you’re struggling to open a subtitle file using another program because it allows you to add any subtitle file to the currently playing video easily.
Open the video file associated with the subtitles in VLC, right-click the screen and choose Subtitle and Add Subtitle File from the options that appear. This takes you to a dialogue box where you can navigate your computer’s folders and find the SRT file. Choose the appropriate file and then bring up the same right-click menu again and make sure the file is selected under the Sub Track menu.
Open SRT File in Windows Media Player:
Windows Media Player is included with PCs running Windows, but it isn’t as easy to open an SRT file with the program because there isn’t a dedicated option to add it to a video. However, if you ensure the subtitle file is in the same folder as the video with the same file name (not counting the .srt extension), the program might pick it up automatically. Right-click on the screen, choose Lyrics, captions, and subtitles and then select On if available.
How to Convert an SRT File
Some of the SRT editors and video players above can convert SRT files to other subtitle formats. Jubler, for instance, can save an open SRT file to an SSA, SUB, TXT, STL, XML, or DXFP file, all of which are different types of subtitle formats.
You can also convert SRT files online at websites like Rev.com and Subtitle Converter. Rev.com, for example, can convert the SRT file to SCC, MCC, TTML, QT.TXT, VTT, CAP, and others. It can do so in batch and will even convert the SRT file to multiple formats simultaneously.