Burn-In Subtitles and Timecode

Automatically subtitle and burn-in subtitles onto your video in minutes, with Simon Says AI.

Video with burned-in subtitles

Simon Says' new feature allows you to  "burn-in" or overlay your subtitles and/or timecodes and export the video right from Simon Says.

The difference between  "burn-in" and just exporting a subtitle file is that burn-in writes the subtitles to the video frames itself. There is then no option to turn subtitles off or on.

This is really important as many social media platforms (such as Instagram) don't support subtitle files. Social media platforms also auto-play video on mute and with burn-in subtitles, you can be unequivocally sure that the video can be understood, even with the volume off.

[Watching social media videos on mute is skyrocketing: you need to adapt your content just as content is now created with the vertical screen in mind.]

When to use burn-in subtitles or timecode on your video:

  • your video is for social media and many platforms don't support subtitle files
  • your video is for social media and video auto-plays by default on mute
  • your subtitles are critical and you need to ensure your video is accessible
  • the video is in a foreign language and you need to ensure the translation is tied to the dialogue
  • you are editing a video and it is easier to cut it when the picture and what is being said is inextricably linked
  • you are editing a foreign-language interview into your video and it is easier to rough cut it when the picture and the translation of what is being said is inextricably linked
  • burn-in timecode is useful for those editing a rough cut as, in certain uses, it makes re-linking much easier for when you go to color grading and exporting

Here's how to burn-in subtitles or timecode:

  1. Once you have transcribed a video (and translated it if necessary) in Simon Says, we suggest exporting to the Visual Subtitle Editor so you can preview how subtitles will be formatted on-screen. Then click Export in the upper right.

2. Click Burn-In and select Subtitles or Timecode

Export burned-in subtitles or TC

3. The pay modal will pop up the cost is the same per minute rate of your plan. You can use your free intro or invite credit or input your credit card info.


The burn-in process has started which means the system is automatically writing the words to the picture. You will receive an email shortly with a download link to the new video once the process is complete.


To sign up to Simon Says for free and 15 minutes credit to try, go to:

Get Started
Swiftly transcribe and caption any
audio or video
Learn more

Related Posts