How to add Lightworks subtitles and set options

The Lightworks editing program, which is known for free, is a video editing program that is used more in foreign countries than in Korea, and it can use editing, color, and various effects, and is a program that is well known for being easy to use because it is not complicated.

Although it is free, you need to log in periodically to continue using it, and files over 720P cannot be created. So, those who want 720P or higher must purchase an additional license.

I recently encountered Lightworks, and I know that there are many people who use it lightly, so I will try to organize it while studying. So, let’s look at how to add subtitles that you find the most for the first time.

1. License authentication


When you install and run Lightworks, a 7-day trial version appears at the bottom. To get rid of this, after signing up for the Lightworks site, click the gear wheel shown above, go to the login option, and enter the registered Username and Password. The warning text that appears will not appear.

If you use it, you can see articles saying that you need to log in again to use it, but I can’t explain exactly that part because it hasn’t been a few days since I used it.

2. Getting started


To start working with Lightworks, you need to create a project on the first screen, and click the Create a new project button on the top left.


When the New Project option appears, enter the name and set the frame rete to Auto, or provide a description according to the image to be worked on and click the Create button to go to the work screen.

Video files can be loaded by dragging the file from Windows Explorer and placing it on the work screen.

3. Add Lightworks subtitles


Lightworks has three working environments, EDIT is for editing cuts, and VFX is a place where you can add a variety of effects, from subtitles to color correction. So, to add subtitles, go to the VFX tab and click the + button at the top left.


When you press the + button, various categories appear at the top. Select Text here, then drag Titles and drop it on the video clip in the timeline.


When subtitles are added to a video clip, options appear on the left, and you can enter the subtitles to be added here. However, Liteworks does not properly implement Korean, so you have to paste it after copying it from a notepad or sticker.

I looked into the problem of not being able to input Korean characters, but so far I couldn’t find a solution.

4. Subtitle Options


If you have added subtitles, you can adjust the font, size, and transparency in the Font option at the bottom, and move the subtitles in the preview monitor to the desired location.

Face: Option to set the color of subtitles
Position: Option to set the position of the subtitle
Shadow: Option to add shadow effect to subtitles
Outline: Option to add an outline to the subtitle
Effects: options to add fade in, fade out, typing effect

Here, fade in and fade out are effects that make the subtitles appear or disappear gradually. All options have keyframes, so you can create text animations.

5. Unfold


When subtitles are applied, the subtitle clip is not visible on the timeline. This can be done by right-clicking on the video clip and selecting the Unfold option.


When you select Unfold, there will be a track called FX1 right above it and you will see the subtitle clip.


If you create multiple subtitles, if you do the same with the above method, two FX will appear as shown above. For cutting method, click V1, A1 to deactivate it, and then click the icon shown above to cut only the subtitles.

This is inconvenient, but pressing Crop cuts all clips, so if you want to cut subtitles, you need to disable video and audio clips. I kept looking at the explanations for this part, but I was able to see instructions to disable most of them.

Later, if there is a convenient way to cut only one clip, I will write additionally. To combine FX1 and FX2, simply drag and drop the subtitle clip.

I looked into how to add subtitles to Lightworks, but it was inconvenient to use it because it was similar to the program I used, but had a difference. For this reason, it seems that I stick to the program I encountered once.

Next time, I’ll study more and explain it to make it easier to understand.

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