Subtitles: they’re pretty great. They allow international audiences to consume foreign-language content; they give the hard of hearing the opportunity to immerse themselves in the worlds of film and television; and they help audiences understand every word of a video’s dialogue, even when it’s quiet or muffled.
However, they’re only effective if they’re presented in an appropriate subtitle font.
Now, we don’t mean to sound dramatic but there really is nothing worse than an unpleasant subtitle font – it can completely put you off a piece of content.
For example, imagine watching an epic blockbuster like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame or Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, accompanied by a font that’s inappropriate (Comic Sans, anyone?) or, even worse, hard to read. It would completely ruin your experience.
Now that you understand how important it is to use a clear, aesthetically pleasing typeface, it’s time to get an expert view on subtitle fonts.
What Is the Netflix Subtitle Font?
Netflix, the streaming service that once famously used a slightly-robotic Consolas typeface (we were into it), now allows subscribers to change the subtitle font to their liking.
To access the settings to change a font, you must begin by visiting your Netflix account from a web browser.
From here, you can select your profile in ‘Profile and Parent Controls’ and scroll down to ‘Subtitle Appearance’.
Then click ‘Change’ to open up Subtitle Appearance: a page which gives you options to change the font, colour, size and shadow of your subtitle text.
After you’ve made your selection you can hit save and, just like that, your subtitles will change next time you stream Netflix content.
So, what subtitle fonts are available on Netflix? Well, there’s Typewriter, Print, Console, Block, Casual, Cursive and Small Caps. Our go-to? The uber-clean Block font; it feels the most ‘Netflix-y’, in our opinion.
What Are the Most Common Movie Subtitle Fonts?
It’s always interesting to see what subtitle font a film studio, platform or channel opts for as it can either add to the movie’s vibe or, as we spoke about above, ruin it.
For example, imagine if Parasite was paired with an insufferable typeface. Would we have enjoyed watching it so much? Would it’ve won the Oscar? Probably not.
The most common movie subtitle fonts seem to be the kind of fonts we see (and use) every day.
We’re talking obvious choices such as Lucida Grande, Cambria, Arial and Times New Roman.
These styles are chosen because they’re familiar, timeless and easy to process; they feel suitable for every kind of film genre.
What Is the Most Common Anime Subtitle Font?
Anime’s outlandish, thought-provoking narratives aren’t always the easiest to follow – especially when they aren’t dubbed in English.
Hence, anime films and TV shows must opt for an easy-to-read font so that their global audience can comprehend the plot, characters and ideologies of the animation.
One of the most common anime subtitle fonts is Trebuchet: an unassuming, no-frills font that can be read quickly and with ease. However, anime font styles are truly endless!
What Is the Standard Subtitle Font Size?
It’s hard to offer an idea of what the standard font size for subtitles is, as every outlet and service has its own preferences.
For example, if you were to ask the BBC what font size you should use to appeal to their channel, they would suggest you refer to their guidelines which clearly state that subtitles must have a line-height of 8% of the active video height.
However, if you ask Channel 4 what font size they’d prefer, they’d suggest a size 28 (linear fonts) or size 32 (anamorphic fonts) for entertainment content and a size 30 (linear fonts) or 34 (anamorphic fonts) for factual content.
What Is the Best Subtitle Software?
A subtitle software is what it says on the tin – it’s a programme used to create, edit, format and position subtitles.
Here are the most popular subtitle software programmes used worldwide.
What Are the Best Subtitle Font Download Websites?
If you’re feeling underwhelmed by the choices of fonts available in your software, you can always choose to download new fonts from the internet. Our favourite subtitle font download websites include:
What Is the Best Subtitle Font Generator?
We don’t care what any sprightly intern says, transcribing is a tedious task.
But, luckily, there are a plethora of applications available out there – some of which are free – that will automatically transcribe your work and generate subtitles for you.
Here are four of the best subtitle font generators around.
4. Bee Cut
Music in Foreign-Language Films
If you’re creating a foreign-language film, TV show or vlog and you’re confident it’ll appeal to an English-speaking audience, you’re going to need more than just a cool subtitle font – you’re going to need some storytelling background music. Why? Well because background music can help viewers grasp the feel of a scene, or help to tell your story, whether they understand the dialogue or not.
Fortunately for you, we’ve got an entire catalogue of background music tracks, brimming with compositions that evoke every kind mood and emotion. We’ve got angry background music, romantic background music, sad background music and more. Check out our new releases, which we pull into hand-picked playlists every fortnight.
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