Subtitling, Closed captions. Which standards are supported?

Subtitling is only supported in the new JW Player available in Streamio, make sure to plan for using JW Player if you want to work with subtitles.

Streamio works with WebVTT which is a W3C standard for text in HTML5 which makes it possible to display subtitles in Apples iPhone and iPad for example. It is possible to add more than one track to provide different languages.

We do not support SRT subtitles because we want Streamio to work as broadly as possible. If you have access to other formats there are tools available that converts between format.

One tool that we have tried is Caption Converter but there are others and we do not offer any support the usage of these tools.

“The caption format converter lets you convert from SRT (SubRip subtitle) or from SBV to Flash DFXP, SMI or SAMI (Windows Media), SCC, CPT.XML (Flash Captionate XML), QT (QuickTime), STL (Spruce Subtitle File), and WebVTT (HTML5 media players).

Caption and Subtitle Formats Explained

  • CAP – This is a common subtitle/caption file format for broadcast media. It was developed by Cheetah International.
  • CPT.XML – XML format used for encoding captions into Flash video. It originated in the caption-embedding software Captionate.
  • DFXP – This is the most common format used for captioning Flash video. It’s a timed-text format that was developed by W3C and stands for “Distribution Format Exchange Profile.”
  • EBU.STL – This is a common subtitle/caption file format for PAL broadcast media. It was developed by the European Broadcast Union.
  • QT – Caption format used for QuickTime video or audio. It was developed by Apple.
  • RT – RealText captions for RealMedia video or audio.
  • SAMI (SMI) – Used for Windows Media video or audio. It was developed by Microsoft and stands for “Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange.”
  • SBV – This is a YouTube caption file format that stands for “SubViewer.” It’s what you get when you download captions from YouTube. It’s a text format that is very similar to SRT.
  • SCC – Popular standard used for Line 21 broadcast closed captions, web media, DVD, as well as subtitles for iTunes, iPods, iPads, and iPhones. It was originally developed by Sonic and stands for “Scenarist Closed Caption.”
  • SRT – This is the most common subtitle/caption file format, especially for YouTube orFacebook captioning. It is a text format that originated in the DVD-ripping software SubRip and stands for “SubRip Subtitle” file.
  • STL – Used for DVD Studio Pro. It was developed by Spruce Technologies and known as “Spruce Subtitle File.”
  • WebVTT – Caption format for HTML5 media players.”