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Subtitling Styles - Voquent

Subtitling Styles

Choose your own subtitling style to manage how viewers perceive your story.

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Even if you don't have style guidelines for your content (and you should because typography impacts mood) it's still worth considering how the subtitle styling affects the way your audience feels. Let's take a look at the most common subtitling styles.

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Style Option 1

White font, with a drop shadow on two lines, inside the title-safe area.

This is the most 'traditional' subtitling option, featuring a standard white font (normally Arial, Helvetica, or Sans-Serif font-family) with a drop shadow on two lines. For a 1080p video the font is typically 50px-60px. Note, it's not always the best style if there are scenes with light backgrounds.

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Style Option 2 (recommended)

White font, with black background (80% opacity), inside the title-safe area.

We recommend this option for the majority of our customers. As you can see, with the black opacity box, the text is much clearer on bright backgrounds and equally will stand out on dark backgrounds. It's also not intrusive.

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Style Option 3

One single line of subtitles at screen footer, outside the title-safe area.

This is a valid style option for online and web video content at 720p and above only. A single line of subtitles is outside the title-safe area, meaning that the text may appear cut off if it's broadcast on older or lower resolution monitors. 

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Style Option 4

White font, one line on a solid black bar, outside title-safe area.

Similar to style option 3, but the black bar fits the screen's full width. By default, the black bar stays on screen even when the subtitles are not present, but it's best practice to turn off the bar if there is more than one second of space between subtitles. The black bar can be opaque or solid.

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Style Option 5

White font, with two lines of subtitles on a solid black bar inside the title-safe area.

Like option 2 and 4 combined, the black bar can be solid or opaque and typically on the screen throughout the video. This is a popular option to cover over an existing burnt-in subtitle layer.

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Custom Style Example 1

This example uses a large bright yellow font with a drop shadow on one line.

We can also fulfil any custom subtitle styles and specifications. We know this is important to brands or for projects with a more creative flare. We can change colours, fonts and background.

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Custom Style Example 2

This custom style shows black font on a white bar with 65% transparency.

Custom subtitle styles may require additional video editing time due to the customization involved. Almost anything is possible. Remember, we can also re-position individual subtitles to avoid overlap with existing video graphics, such as lower-thirds with the title and name of a speaker.

Why choose Open Captions?

Remember, the video player controls the appearance of Closed Captions, and there are limited customization options available. Even high-end streaming services like Netflix or Amazon don't offer much control.

In contrast, subtitles—or Open Captions— can be created using any fonts, colours and placement you can imagine. You get complete control of the style and tone. The only negative is you can't turn open captions off.

This subtitling style guide above shows the most commonly requested subtitle style options for open captions. Most business customers prefer to tailor the subtitles to match brand guidelines. Open captions are also an excellent choice for indie films and channels dedicated to a specific language market.

Still not open captions are the best option? Learn more in our blog: Closed Captioning vs Subtitles

Or contact us for a no-obligation quote and recommendations.

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