How to Easily Convert SRT to VTT and VTT to SRT (Offline and Online Methods)

In this article, I’ll show you how you can easily convert SRT subtitle files to VTT subtitle files and vice versa. It’s easy and fast.

Here’s a step-by-step video on how to easily convert SRT to VTT and VTT to SRT.

Here’s an example of an srt file format.

1
00:00:00,900 --> 00:00:02,402
If you're a person
who likes being alive

2
00:00:02,435 --> 00:00:04,637
and does not want to die soon,

3
00:00:04,669 --> 00:00:07,372
first of all,
congratulations on being basic,

4
00:00:07,405 --> 00:00:10,375
and second,
here's some good news for you.

5
00:00:10,409 --> 00:00:12,812
Some good news this morning.
Americans' life expectancy

Here’s a step-by-step video on how to convert SRT to VTT Online or VTT to SRT.

Here’s an example of a vtt file format.

WEBVTT

00:00:00.900 --> 00:00:02.402
If you're a person
who likes being alive

00:00:02.435 --> 00:00:04.637
and does not want to die soon,

00:00:04.669 --> 00:00:07.372
first of all,
congratulations on being basic,

00:00:07.405 --> 00:00:10.375
and second,
here's some good news for you.

00:00:10.409 --> 00:00:12.812
Some good news this morning.
Americans' life expectancy

What are the differences between SRT and VTT Subtitle files?

An SRT file is a SubRip subtitle format that is commonly used on YouTube, Facebook and it is the easiest and most basic of subtitles.

A VTT or WEBVTT or Web Video Text Track subtitle format that is similar to an SRT subtitle file but with very few differences.

Other than the differences listed below, a VTT subtitle file supports basic styling and positioning.

Here are the common differences between SRT and VTT subtitle files.

1. A VTT file has a title – WEBVTT that begins the subtitle file which the SRT file lacks.

WEBVTT Subtitle File has a Title but SRT Subtitle file does not have a title.

2. An SRT file has a numbering of the subtitle lines while this is missing from a VTT file.

SRT Subtitle lines are numbered while VTT Subtitle lines are not numbered

3. A comma separates the milliseconds in the SRT file and a period (full stop) separates the milliseconds.

4. Finally, a VTT file supports the positioning of subtitles and some simple styling including bold, italics, etc while the SRT subtitle file does not support styling or positioning.

Requirements for converting subtitles to different formats.

  1. Subtitle File and in this case a .srt or a .vtt subtitle file.
  2. Converting Software or solution (Offline or Online)

We’re going to be converting a .srt subtitle file to .vtt using Subtitle Edit.
You need to download Subtitle Edit and follow along.

Here are the steps to convert your .srt subtitle to .vtt in just a few clicks.

Step 1: Open your .srt file from the Subtitle Edit interface.

Click on File > Open (and navigate to the folder with the .srt subtitle file you want open.)
Select the file and open the .srt file.

How to Open an srt subtitle file from Subtitle Edit.

Once the file is subtitle file is open inside Subtitle Edit, all you have to do is save the file As WebVtt or .vtt.

Step 2: Click on File > Save As
Scroll to the bottom of the list and select, WebVTT (.vtt) and click on save.

Convert the SRT to VTT by Saving the File as WebVTT

Congratulations! You’ve converted your .srt subtitle file to WebVTT or .vtt subtitle file.

To convert a .vtt subtitle file to .srt subtitle file, repeat the same process as above.

Remember to always save your subtitles with an encoding of UTF-8.

That’s it for now.

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