Format subtitles before exporting: the Visual Subtitle Editor from Simon Says

Our new Visual Subtitle Editor allows you to format how subtitles look on-screen before you export them.

It uses our same world-class transcript editor where each word highlights as spoken and has timecode attached to it. Create a new line, edit a word — it is all really simple to do in our editor. And the same customizability is there for the Visual Subtitle Editor so you can make sure subtitles look exactly as you intend.

Simon Says Transcript Editor

Here’s how to use the Visual Subtitle Editor

See the video or written instructions below. To see subtitles in a different language, click on the settings icon in the video, then select an available language under Subtitles/CC


  1. After you have transcribed your media with Simon Says, you can either edit text here or you can jump straight to the Visual Subtitle Editor to edit there.

Click Export.

Select Visual Subtitle Editor, select the number of characters per line for your project (the default is 32, but you can have anywhere between 20–70 characters per line). If you would like single line subtitles per row, select that and you can also have your transcript in all uppercase. After that, click Let’s Do This.

Export to Visual Subtitle Editor

2. A copy of your original project will be created with “SUBTITLED” appended to your original project name. This subtitled project will now be formatted like subtitles are: a certain number of characters per line and a certain number of lines.

Today, we by default export to support CEA-608 and CEA-708 standards with 20–70 characters per line, a maximum of 2 lines, and the option of having all caps. In the subtitle editor, you can edit this as you like.

Any edits you made in the original project, as well as speaker labels applied, carry over into the Visual Editor page. Your original project will still be available from your dashboard. Edits made to this new subtitled project will not reflect back in the original project.

Simon Says Visual Subtitle Editor

Keep in mind the number of lines and characters per line for optimal viewing. We recommend a maximum of two lines per card and up to 40 characters (including any speaker names) per line.

3. Once you are happy with how your subtitles will look on-screen, click Export.

Select your preferred subtitle format (SRT/SAMI/Avid SubCap/WebVTT), choose Facebook / YouTube for an SRT file ready for those platforms, or burn-in your subtitles for use in Instagram, Twitter, and other social media.

Export your preferred subtitle format


To sign up to Simon Says for free and 15 minutes credit to try, go to:

Simon Says subtitles are plain text. We will support formatting options soon. For now: adding/removing background colors, increasing/decreasing font sizes and other styling options can be done in your video editing application.

  • To access your original project, go to your dashboard (click the home button).