Captionista: Video Subtitles 4+

Captions & Text Editor

Montana Floss Co.

    • 4.1 • 12 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



“Captionista is a fantastic tool for anyone who has ever wanted to add a bit of explanatory text to their videos.” — MacStories

Captionista is a free app for adding accurate subtitles and captions to videos. With full control of pacing and subtitle length you make a greater impact and readability is improved.

Many themes and color schemes are included for free, with a Pro subscription option to unlock full control.

“A big win for accessibility on your videos” — TechRadar

“This wonderfully conceived app removes the faff from subtitling.” —


1. You type in all the text while watching to the video. Change speed if you need to slow it down.

2. Choose a style.

3. Tap to split text at the right time in the video.

4. Export the video on your device in minutes.

There’s no need for artificial intelligence when you have real intelligence!


• Script editor with video player, slow mode and skip controls for quickly typing the text to add to the video all at once.
• Unique timing editor — tap on a word to split the text at the current video time.
• Freestyle mode allows the moving, rotation and resizing of each individual subtitle for more visual interest.
• Free-form editing: Text edits automatically update subtitles in the timing editor. Adjust timing, merge and re-split subtitles easily without affecting later subtitles.
• Choose one of many themes and color schemes selected for high contrast and readability.
• Save custom themes synced with iCloud and share theme files with others (requires Pro).
• Pre-flight Check warns about video size, quality and length issues for common social networks.
• Automatic subtitle insets avoid the user interface of apps like TikTok and Instagram Reels.
• Looping video player makes it easy to keep reviewing progress.
• Smart Zoom to focus in on just the subtitles in the video.
• Warnings about reading speeds and subtitles that will not show in full.
• SRT import for adding subtitles that are already transcribed.


• Intelligent style controls that work together to give great results every time.
• Adjust the text area size and position, maximum lines, line length and alignment.
• Custom text size, fonts, shadows, colors and outlines (requires Pro).
• Custom subtitle background styles, colors and padding (requires Pro).


• Exclude audio if not required.
• Automatically scale low quality videos up to 1080p for high quality subtitle text.
• Option to scale down high resolution videos down to 1080p for faster uploads.
• Export directly to Photos or to other apps using the share sheet.
• SRT export for accessible closed caption support (requires Pro).

For Terms of Use see:

What’s New

Version 1.5.2

A single bug fix:

* Fixed a bug where user-installed fonts were not available for Pro users in project Style settings.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

ANagusame ,

Yup, it’s good.

This app popped up on my radar because of it’s simplicity. The captions are super easy to make and time, the exporting was quick and high quality, and the free version is perfect for my needs. The only things that are missing for me are keyboard shortcuts. The ability to undo with CMD + Z or pause with SPACE would make working in this app even more intuitive. But overall, it’s definitely going on my iOS editing toolbelt!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the great feedback! We are of course going to add keyboard shortcuts soon — it just didn’t make the 1.0 release!

whocares4ever ,

Needs work

Just subscribed only to find out that it’s a daunting task to add subtitles. It has a great simple format that should work. But it doesn’t allow quick video creation. Unfortunately there is no auto correction for time limits which delay the creative process tremendously. Till the point where you’d probably just set it to the side and forget this app even exists on your device. I’d add an update to correct this defeating problem. One that auto corrects the time reading length of the text for the videos and allows for a more instant experience.

Only right to pay for something that works for you and not the other way around. I’ll change my rating when ever this is addressed and consider cancelling my subscription if not.

Developer Response ,

Hi, I’m the developer of the app. Thank you for subscribing and taking the time to leave a rating and review! I’m not 100% clear what your issues are here. Can you please use the (?) button in the app and tap “Get Help” — where you will find instructions and a link to contact me directly so I can help you?

I’ll try to help here however. I’m not sure what you mean by video creation — if you want to edit the video itself, no we don’t support that currently but we may in future. We’d love to hear more about what you need! The reading time warnings are just warnings. If you are matching subtitles to speech in the video, you don’t need to worry if the person was just talking fast. You can adjust the start and end times of subtitles by tapping the start and end time buttons of each subtitle at the time you want. If you’re not matching speech in a video and just want all the text to be readable in the time you have in the video, that’s an interesting feature we could add!

Again, thanks so much for leaving a review and please do contact us directly using the app's "Get Help" or "Send us e-mail" options. We love to help people!

imtobisonbrown ,

Perfect for adding captions

This has been a handy tool that saves me a bunch of time. Free version is everything I need and is simple enough.
The hardest thing other tools don’t do well (particularly the AI ones) is cadence. The first two attempts, I had some growing pains, but then I checked out the help section which cleared up my issues. It was easier than I had presumed and now can get the timing perfect. Would have loved to see a sample on first open to show core workflow.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for persevering and we’re glad you like it! You’re 100% correct that cadence is usually hard to do and we designed the UI for this to make it as easy as possible to try different cadences by re-timing the start and end or merging and re-splitting at a different point. We’ll definitely try to improve the onboarding some more.

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