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 Distribution tab, Subtitles section of your video settings. To upload a captions or subtitles file, click the “+” button, specify the language, and tell us whether it’s a caption or subtitle file. Then click Choose File and upload the file from your computer. Once the file is uploaded, you’ll need to toggle it on to activate it. To replace, delete, download, or edit the file, click on the three dots next to the file name and select the corresponding option from the menu.
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)