I have a flv file, is there any software (free or low cost) that I can add text inside the video? For example when the video is showing a dog during the 1:20min, I want the text "This is my dog." to appear during that timing.
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You can add subtitles without reencoding the video. If you want to hardcode or 'burn in' some text then the whole thing has to be reencoded. Either way can be done fairly easily (assuming you know how to create some simple subtitles) with free software.
Subs can be external to the video, and will play along with the video. If you've seen downloaded movies before then maybe you've seen subtitles in SRT text format. If they're hardcoded then they're a part of the video. To do it that way requires reencoding. But first you have to make the subtitles. Then you either keep them external to the video and have them play along, or you burn them into the video by reencoding. Most video conversion programs allow for the addition of subtitles while encoding.
NLE programs can also add text to a video, programs like Sony's Vegas. Those programs cost money, usually. Maybe someone will come along and point out a program with which you can do this easily. You might want to make the subs first in Subtitle Workshop or similar. There's a ton of subbing programs.
I have tried searching but I only see paid software.
Video file and srt subtitle names the same
Plays in vlc and some hardware players provided codecs are supported
Burnt in subs
Re-encoding require, some quality may be lost ... vsdc (text) and avidemux (subtitle) are two which do not need additional plugins
Dvd authoring ...dvdauthorgui, dvdflick, and others
Or included inside an mkv container ... projectx, avidemux, and others
You also need to specify how this file is to be played considering hardware or software players.
First make your video, mp4 with H.264 as video and AAC as audio inside. So maybe you need to just demux your flv that could be actually H.264 and AAC. Try this . Or maybe mp4 muxer will accept that flv, see below.
Then grab Subtitle Workshop to create subtitles in srt format
Then you need some sort of muxer to mux those subtitles into mp4. I use Megui it has mp4 muxer inside to use it for web, jwplayer then can pick it up playing on website, or using VLC player it can show it in PC, or MPC-HC (you have to make sure that you have selected renderer that supports it.
Last edited by _Al_; 1st Mar 2014 at 14:59.
I intend to play on computer only
Thanks for all answers.
I found a way that works for me. I convert the video to mp4. Then I use Windows Movie Maker to add text.