What is SRT File Extension: How to open SRT File?

Have you ever opened a video file, and the video was in a different language that you do not understand? The need for subtitles arises in these types of situations. You hope that there are subtitles added in the video so we can understand what the video is talking about. Subtitles are essential in today’s time. Even if you think about the people who cannot hear properly, if they see a video with subtitles on it, they’ll be able to get the gist of it. But how to add subtitles in a video? What is the process of it? Below are the steps to clarify the SRT file extension and process to open the SRT file format.

What is SRT File Extension?

An SRT file extension is called a SubRip subtitle file. It is an important file of texts related to subtitle information and their timings. It features the timecodes of the subtitles appearing in the video and the total number of subtitles. SRT files don’t contain any audio or video data; it is just simple plain text which runs side by side with the video.  

A typical program would be seen like this:


00:00:02,800 → 00:00:05,945

Good morning ladies and


00:00:05,945 → 00:00:08,634

gentlemen. Today we are here

An SRT file is created in order. Media players also look at the order of the file and show the subtitles accordingly. Also, the essential part is the timing of it. Look at the timecodes given above. They are written in the ‘HH:MM:SS: MIL’ format. This means the first two numbers denote the hour mark. The second part indicates the minute mark. The third part shows the seconds part, and the last part shows milli-seconds. 

The first example above says that the subtitle would come on screen from 2.008 seconds to 5.00945 seconds. The second example shows that the subtitle would come on screen from 5.00945 seconds to 8.00634 seconds. 

How to Open an SRT File?

Any text editor such as notepad or WordPad can open and edit the SRT files. But many people who are using SRT files for subtitles will be for videos. So it is recommended to use any different software compatible with the video player. You can use any of the given programs:

  • VideoLan VLC media player
  • CyberLink PowerDVD
  • MPlayer
  • Windows Media Player
  • BS.Player

Fun Fact: You can also add your subtitles in your YouTube videos because SRT format is supported in YouTube videos.

VideoLan VLC media player is the most widely used media player that supports a diverse range of video and file formats. To open the file in that, you will have first to open the VLC media player and start playing the video to which you want to add your SRT file. Then go to the menu bar and select ‘Subtitles.’ After that, select ‘Add Subtitle File,’ which will lead you to a dialogue box, search for your file and open your SRT file. Make sure the file is selected under the ‘Sub Track’ menu. 

There are a couple of things to keep in mind while editing an SRT file. Keep the name of the subtitle file and video file the same. Also, please keep them in the same folder too. The name of the subtitle file sometimes includes the reference of the language the subtitles are put in. E.g., if the subtitles are in English, ‘.eng’ will be at the end of the file. If the subtitles are in German, ‘.ger’ is added. ‘.es’ will be at the back if the subtitles are in Spanish. 

There might be some inconvenience caused when all SRT files do not open within a click. This may be because the file and video were incorrectly linked with each other or the media player doesn’t understand the file, or sometimes worse, the SRT file might be damaged. 

You might sometimes want to convert your SRT files to other formats, such as.SMI or.SUB. This can also be done quickly without any lengthy procedures. MConverter.eu will significantly benefit users who wish to convert their SRT files to SMI or SUB format subtitles. 

Wrap up:

We hope the above article will clear all your doubts about what is SRT file and you can easily open it by just following the simple steps stated above. SRT extension is always necessary to show the subtitles for any language you can not understand. If you have any doubts regarding this topic, you can drop your comments below; our team will reply to you as soon as possible.

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