Subtitles provide viewers with a video’s dialogue in written form. Captions include subtitles plus a written description of what is occurring in their videos for viewers who might not be able to hear or understand the sound.
To turn on captions or subtitles when viewing a video, click the CC button in the player's bottom toolbar. In the menu that appears, select the caption or subtitle track you’d like to see. To see captions in action, try turning them on in the video below:
Video creators upload captions and subtitles to their own videos. If you do not see your language, it probably means that the video has not yet been transcribed or translated. Feel free to contact the video creator directly to inquire!
We use Helvetica Neue with bold styling for captioning and subtitle display in the Vimeo player. The size of the font is responsive, meaning it will adjust per the size of your browser window.
Adding captions or subtitles to your video
You can add captions or subtitles to your video on the Advanced tab of your video settings. To upload a captions or subtitles file, click Choose File, specify the language, and tell us whether it’s a caption or subtitle file. Once the file is uploaded, check the box next to the file name to activate it. Uncheck the box to deactivate the file, or click the red X to delete it entirely.
If you don’t already have captions or subtitles for your video, you can purchase them through one of the trusted providers listed below. These same providers are also listed on the Advanced tab of your video’s settings.
Vimeo supports the following captions and subtitles file formats: SRT, WebVTT, DFXP/TTML, SCC, and SAMI files, but we recommend using WebVTT whenever possible. We also recommend encoding your caption files in UTF-8 format. Otherwise, captions that contain special characters may not display properly during playback.
We support all of the languages listed below. If you're uploading a file in a mysterious dialect that our player doesn't seem to support, feel free to get in touch.
Chinese (Hong Kong SAR China)
Chinese (Simplified Han)
Chinese (Traditional Han)
English (United Kingdom)
English (United States)
If you previously purchased captions or subtitles from Amara for your videos, they will still appear on the Advanced tab of your video settings, but you’ll no longer be able to edit them in the Amara Editor. You will only be able to edit your existing captions or subtitles by downloading the file, making changes directly in the file, and then re-uploading the file to Vimeo.
If you purchased captions or subtitles from Amara that are pending, you will still be able to access them and launch the Amara Editor from the Advanced tab of your video’s settings once the captions or subtitles file is ready.