Last Updated on June 10, 2022
Thanks to advances in the audio and visual industry, as well as social media, we can now access tons of video content across multiple platforms. From YouTube to Netflix, and everything in between, more and more people are expected to consume video in the coming years.
Whether you’re a budding filmmaker or a videographer, these are exciting times indeed. But people will expect a lot, too. And in many cases, if not all, it’s the details that can make or break the viewing experience.
One of the things you will need to prepare for is adding subtitles or closed captions in your work.
How to choose fonts for closed captions and subtitles
Subtitles and closed captions aren’t just for foreign films.
They’re important to make your projects accessible to everyone, such as hard-of-hearing individuals and foreign-language speakers. Expect that viewers may be watching your video in different ways – and that includes doing it with the sound off. If you upload your work on platforms like YouTube, subtitles can improve SEO, too.
Did you know that there’s a difference between subtitles and closed captions?
Subtitles are usually used for translating speech. This is often used for foreign films so audiences can understand the language. Closed captions on the other hand, are not only meant to translate dialogues in the video, but also to describe background noises and music.
When choosing fonts for your subtitles and closed captions, keep three main things in mind:
- Contrast of colors;
- Mood of the film; and
- Overall readability.
Many video editors will prefer Google fonts or sans serifs because they’re readily available. But don’t limit yourself. Even serifs can be a sophisticated choice if the font works well.
Best Subtitle Fonts
Don’t just settle for any generic sans serif. Put in as much thought into picking fonts for your closed captions as much as you have in making your video. After all, you want to give your audiences the best experience while viewing your finished product.
Here are some of the best subtitle fonts your videos.
1. Addington CF
2. Cartograph CF
Connary Fagen’s handsome font family features lush and cursive italics, cost-friendly ligatures, and OpenType compatibility – a great throwback to utilitarian lettering found in terminals and typewriters.
3. Gopher Mono
This 16-font family from Adam Ladd is a unique take on the mono-spaced genre using a contrast of thinner vertical and thicker horizontal strokes.
4. Undeka Sans Serif Font
Simple geometric shapes merged with strong typographical characters make this Bolderaja1 Studio typeface a perfect representation of the 20th Century grotesk typography.
Simple and clean forms with low contrast strokes give this Eko Bimantara typeface quite a nice fit for presentations with modern or technological nuances.
6. Rockford Geometric Sans Serif
With 7 Normal and 7 Outline styles, this classic and casual sans serif from MadeType is adaptable to an assortment of projects.
The half-open character forms give this Russian font concept huge potential in a broad spectrum of projects. Take advantage of this gem that reads well in small letters, and is noticeable in larger sizes.
11. Calling Code
Dharma Type presents a mono-spaced typeface that is ideal for coding and tabular layouts. Bring a fresh take on otherwise old and traditional fonts using its 4 styles.
12. Captura Now
Refined shapes and sensitively-balanced spacing and kerning give this font by Anita Jurgeleit perfection in form and shape.
13. Sofia Pro Complete
14. Gevher Grotesque
This family of grotesque fonts made with rigid and stable structures, points that resemble ink traps, and unusual opposite angles at the joints. Humanistic, versatile, and beautiful, the collection features a total of 48 fonts you can play around with.
Old and new generation sans serifs make a meeting point through this modern sans. Take advantage of its 40 styles to provide an organic touch to digital applications like mobile screens and block texts.