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How to Get French Subtitles For Videos, TV Shows, and Movies

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Do you have a video, TV show, or movie that needs French subtitles? Almost all French citizens are online as of 2020, so it’s smart to make video content accessible to them. But what’s the best way to do so when many online companies still don’t offer them? We’re here to help. 
Read on to learn:

  • Why French subtitles are a good idea.
  • How to add French subtitles with Rev.
  • Answers to FAQs about French subtitles.

Why do you need French subtitles?

When looking at the countries with the highest number of internet users, France currently ranks #17 in the world. As of Q1 of 2020, it has over 60 million citizens online, which is about 92% of its population. By including French subtitles with your English videos, this massive audience can access your content. 

Interestingly, despite the demand for French subtitles, they haven’t yet become a standard offering by U.S. streaming services and video platforms (like Amazon Prime). Being so, adding French subtitles to your videos can help you gain a competitive advantage. 

French subtitles can also help more French people find your videos in the first place. How? Search engines can’t watch videos but they can crawl text. Once you create French subtitles, they become readable by the search engines. As a result, the search engine can recommend your content when people are searching for the video’s keywords in French. 

How to get French subtitles for your videos, TV shows, and movies

So how can you easily get videos, TV shows, and movies with French subtitles? Rev enables you to order highly accurate foreign subtitles and have them delivered to you in 24 hours or less. Here’s how it works. 

1. Send Rev your video


The first step is to send us your video. You can share a public URL, upload a video from your computer, or link to a video on a platform like YouTube or Vimeo. If you need French subtitles on an ongoing basis, you can also set up automatic uploads with your CMS/LMS, Zapier integrations, or Rev’s API. 

2. Choose your language 

On the next page, Rev will automatically show you the length of your video. You can then search the list of languages to find French and click the box. You’ll find the rate is $5 per minute of video. Once you select French, you will see the total cost of your subtitles and will be able to checkout.

You can also specify if you want to keep the subtitles closed (default) or open subtitles, where they are burned-in onto the video itself and cannot be turned off.

3. Consider burned-in subtitles 

Next, you have the option to check the box for “burned-in subtitles.” These are subtitles that are permanently embedded into your video file. They can be helpful when you want the subtitles to show up no matter what (no opt-in). 

For example, if you are adding subtitles to a movie that is intended only for a French-speaking audience, it makes sense to add the subtitles permanently. They are also often used when a video player doesn’t support timed text. The additional cost for burned-in subtitles is $0.25 per video minute. 

If you don’t have your subtitles burned in, they will be delivered to you in the file format of your choice (more on that next). You will then add the subtitles to your file yourself.

4. Place your order

Once you click checkout, we’ll guide you through the process to create an account and complete your order. 

5. Get your French subtitles

Then, you’ll receive your French subtitles within 24 hours! You can download your French subtitles in any subtitle format you may need.

Frequently asked questions about French subtitles

Here’s a look at answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about French subtitles. 

What if the videos have diverse accents, difficult audio, multiple speakers, or specialized vocabulary

Not to worry. The way we create subtitles is by reaching out to our network of over 1000+ vetted professional translators. Our vast talented network enables us to translate audio files, even if they are not perfect or if they are specialized. 

Are subtitles different from captions?

While both subtitles and captions display audio information via text on the screen, subtitles translate the information into a new language while captions relay it in the same language for those who can’t hear the audio. 

How accurate are Rev’s French subtitles?

One of the main concerns when hiring a translator is accuracy, especially with different dialects. Can you trust that the subtitles will be accurate? With Rev, you can. Our professional translators are native speakers with years of experience. Additionally, we have a team of reviewers that works with the translators. As a result, we uphold 99% accuracy standards.

How long is the turnaround? 

We deliver French subtitles in less than 24 hours, and sometimes in as little as 20 minutes. 

How much do French subtitles cost with Rev?

To create French subtitles from English videos, you’ll pay $5 per video minute.

What are burned-in subtitles?

When subtitles are burned-in, it means instead of getting a file that you add to your video, we embed the subtitles into your video permanently. This can be helpful if you don’t want your audience to opt-in or -out of captions. It’s also useful when using an outlet or video player that doesn’t support timed text. 

Get French subtitles for your videos within 24 hours

Ready to get started? Get the French subtitles you need as soon as today. Within a few minutes, you can upload your video and send it to our network of translators to get started. We offer the quick, accurate, and affordable foreign subtitles you need to reach your French audience.