How To Add Subtitles on Camtasia

Happy Scribe
5 Aug 202103:07

TLDRIn this tutorial, Margherita from Happy Scribe demonstrates how to add subtitles to videos using Camtasia. Initially, she explains the manual process of adding captions through the 'Captions' effect in Camtasia's audio effects menu, which can be time-consuming. However, she then introduces an automated method using Happy Scribe's online service. After exporting the video from Camtasia, users can upload it to Happy Scribe, choose the spoken language, and opt for either machine-generated or human-transcribed subtitles. Once processed, users can review, correct, and customize their subtitles, including appearance and formatting options. Finally, they can download the subtitles as an embedded file or as a separate SRT file for platforms like YouTube. The video concludes with a call to action for viewers to engage and subscribe for more helpful content.


  • 🎬 To add subtitles in Camtasia, first locate 'Audio Effects' in your project sidebar.
  • 🔍 If 'Audio Effects' is not visible, click 'More' to find it.
  • 📄 Use the 'Captions' effect by dragging it onto the timeline above the clips you want to subtitle.
  • 📊 An audio map will appear on a separate timeline, showing your captions divided.
  • ✍️ You can manually add captions, adjust their duration, and make some customizations.
  • 🕒 Manually typing captions is time-consuming and inefficient for long videos.
  • 🚀 There's an easier way to add subtitles, which is explained further in the video.
  • ✅ Complete your video editing without subtitles and then export the project.
  • 🌐 Visit using your preferred web browser.
  • 📝 Create an account on Happy Scribe if you don't have one, it's quick and easy.
  • 📂 Upload your video file for subtitles on Happy Scribe, ensuring good audio quality for accuracy.
  • 🔉 Choose the language spoken in your video and select machine-generated or human-made subtitles.
  • ⏳ Processing time on Happy Scribe is usually a few minutes, depending on the video length.
  • 📑 Once processed, review and correct any minor mistakes in the subtitles.
  • 🎨 Customize the appearance of your subtitles, including outline, color, font, and position.
  • 📏 Adjust subtitle settings such as the number of lines, characters per line, and the gap between subtitles.
  • 📁 Download your subtitled file with options for embedded subtitles or as a separate SRT file.
  • 📌 Note that downloading as an SRT file will not save customization edits, only the text is considered.
  • 📘 If you need to upload closed captions to platforms like YouTube, choose the SRT file option.
  • 👍 The video demonstrates how to automatically subtitle videos using Happy Scribe.

Q & A

  • What is the first step to add subtitles in Camtasia?

    -The first step is to find 'Audio Effects' in the left sidebar of your open project in Camtasia. If you don't see it, click on 'More'.

  • How do you manually add captions in Camtasia?

    -After dragging the 'Captions' effect to your timeline, a separate timeline with an audio map will appear where you can manually add your captions, change their duration, and customize them to an extent.

  • Why is manually typing captions considered inefficient for long videos?

    -Manually typing captions is time-consuming and inefficient because it requires a lot of effort, especially for long videos where the amount of text to be transcribed is substantial.

  • What is an easier way to subtitle videos mentioned in the transcript?

    -The easier way is to finish editing your project without subtitles, export it, and then use an online service like Happy Scribe to automatically generate subtitles for your video.

  • How can you create an account on Happy Scribe?

    -You can easily create an account on Happy Scribe by clicking on 'Get Started' or 'Log in' on their website and following the account creation process, which takes only a few seconds.

  • What should you ensure before uploading a video file to Happy Scribe for subtitles?

    -You should ensure that your video's audio is of decent quality to achieve the best possible outcome for your subtitles.

  • What are the options for generating subtitles on Happy Scribe?

    -Happy Scribe offers both machine-generated and human-made subtitle services, with the latter providing more accurate subtitles.

  • How long should the processing of a video file take on Happy Scribe?

    -The processing time on Happy Scribe should only take a couple of minutes, depending on the length of the video.

  • What customization options are available for subtitles on Happy Scribe?

    -You can customize the appearance of your subtitles, including adding an outline, changing the color of your fonts, and adjusting the position of your captions. You can also set subtitle limits such as the maximum number of lines, maximum characters per line, or the minimum gap between subtitles.

  • What are the two options for downloading subtitles from Happy Scribe?

    -You can choose to have your subtitles embedded in the video or download them as a separate SRT file. The second option will not save your customization edits but only takes the text into account.

  • Why might someone choose to download subtitles as a separate SRT file?

    -Someone might choose to download subtitles as a separate SRT file if they want to upload their own closed captions on platforms like YouTube, where the customization edits from Happy Scribe are not supported.

  • How can viewers provide feedback or ask questions about the video?

    -Viewers can provide feedback by giving the video a thumbs up if they find it useful, and they can ask questions or leave comments in the comment section below the video.



📝 Adding Subtitles in Camtasia Manually

Margherita from Happy Scribe introduces the process of manually adding subtitles to a Camtasia project. She guides viewers to find the 'Captions' effect in the 'Audio Effects' section and apply it to the timeline above the video clips that need subtitles. After applying, a separate audio map timeline appears where captions can be manually entered, with options to adjust duration and make basic customizations. Margherita notes that this method can be time-consuming, especially for long videos, and hints at a more efficient way to subtitle videos, encouraging viewers to watch on for details.

🚀 Automatic Subtitling with Happy Scribe

The video continues with Margherita explaining an automated approach to subtitle creation using Happy Scribe. She advises finishing video editing without subtitles and exporting the project normally. Afterward, viewers are directed to Happy Scribe's website, where they can create an account if they don't have one already. Margherita outlines the steps to upload a video file for subtitling, select the spoken language, and choose between machine-generated or human-made subtitle services. She emphasizes the importance of good audio quality for accurate subtitles. Once the file is processed, viewers can review, correct, and customize the subtitles, including appearance and positioning. The final step is to download the subtitled file, with options to embed subtitles or download them as an SRT file for platforms like YouTube. The video concludes with a call to action for viewer engagement and subscription.




Subtitles are textual representations of the audio content in a video, which can include dialogue, narration, and other important sounds. They are essential for making videos accessible to a wider audience, especially those who are hearing impaired or for whom the language spoken is not their native language. In the video, subtitles are added to a Camtasia project to enhance the viewer's understanding and engagement.


Camtasia is a video editing software that allows users to record, edit, and produce videos. It is widely used for creating tutorials, presentations, and other types of video content. In the context of the video, Camtasia is the platform where the process of adding subtitles is demonstrated.

💡Audio Effects

Audio effects are modifications made to the sound in a video to enhance or alter its characteristics. This can include adjustments to volume, pitch, equalization, and the addition of special effects like echo or reverb. In the script, 'Audio Effects' is a feature within Camtasia that houses the 'Captions' effect used for adding subtitles.


Captions are a specific type of subtitle that provides a transcription or translation of the audio, including dialogue and important sound cues. They are used to make video content more accessible and inclusive. In the video, the 'Captions' effect is applied in Camtasia to manually or automatically generate subtitles for a video.


A timeline in video editing refers to the sequence of video and audio clips that make up the final video. It allows editors to arrange, trim, and adjust the timing of various elements in their project. In the context of the video, the timeline is where the 'Captions' effect is placed and where manual captioning takes place.

💡Happy Scribe

Happy Scribe is an online platform that provides transcription and subtitling services. It is used to convert audio from videos into text, which can then be used to create subtitles. In the video, Happy Scribe is recommended as an alternative to manually adding subtitles in Camtasia for a more efficient and accurate process.

💡Machine Generated

Machine generated refers to content that is created automatically by a computer program or artificial intelligence, as opposed to being created by a human. In the context of the video, 'machine generated' is an option for creating subtitles on Happy Scribe, which uses AI to transcribe the audio.

💡Human Made

Human made refers to content that is created, edited, or verified by a person, rather than by a machine. It often results in higher quality and accuracy. In the video, 'human made' is offered as a service option on Happy Scribe for a more accurate subtitle generation compared to machine-generated subtitles.

💡SRT File

An SRT file is a SubRip subtitle file format that contains the text for subtitles, the time codes for when each line of text should appear, and formatting notes. It is commonly used for video subtitles and can be imported into various video players and platforms. In the video, the option to download subtitles as a separate SRT file is mentioned.


YouTube is a video-sharing platform where users can upload, share, and view videos. It is a popular site for content creators to distribute their work and for viewers to discover new content. In the script, YouTube is mentioned as a platform where one might want to upload videos with their own closed captions.


Accessibility in the context of video refers to the design and creation of content that can be accessed and understood by as many people as possible, including those with disabilities. Subtitles are a key element of video accessibility, as they provide a visual representation of the audio for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the video, adding subtitles is discussed as a means to improve the accessibility of the video content.


Margherita from Happy Scribe demonstrates how to add subtitles in Camtasia.

Find 'Audio Effects' in the left sidebar of your open project in Camtasia.

Use the 'Captions' effect to add subtitles to your video clips.

An audio map timeline appears for manual caption entry.

Manually typing captions can be time-consuming and inefficient.

An easier way to subtitle videos is available.

Complete your project editing without subtitles and then export it.

Visit to start the automatic subtitle process.

Create an account on Happy Scribe for automated subtitle services.

Upload your video file for subtitle generation.

Ensure your video's audio quality is good for accurate subtitles.

Choose between machine-generated or human-made subtitle services.

Subtitle processing time depends on the length of the video.

Review and correct any minor mistakes in the generated subtitles.

Customize subtitle appearance, including outline, color, and position.

Adjust subtitle limits such as line count and character per line.

Download your subtitled file with customizations or as an SRT file.

Embed subtitles in your video or upload them as a separate file.

Using Happy Scribe, you can automatically subtitle your videos efficiently.

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