You may have prepared captions in the form of an SRT or VTT file to be uploaded to YouTube.
An SRT or VTT file is very much like a text file, only that it has timestamps on it.
Why Remove Timestamps from SRT?
You may want to use the the text portion of the SRT file for some other purpose – maybe as a basis for an article or for a slide presentation.
Or you may want to study dialogue structure in a movie subtitle file as part of your screenwriting training.
Of course you don’t want the timestamps when you repurpose the SRT file.
Any Free Tool to Remove Timestamps from SRT or VTT Files?
If it’s a small SRT file, you can manually delete the timestamps. What if it’s a big file, running into several minutes with timestamps every few seconds.
It would be tedious to remove the timestamps manually. You would certainly wish there was some way you could automate the process.
The good news is you can remove timestamps from SRT files for free
Yes, remove timestamps from SRT easily within a few clicks of the mouse. Here’s a free online editor to remove timestamps from a subtitle transcript, whether SRT, ASS, SSA, SMI, SUB or WEBVTT.
Subtitle Tools is an easy-to-use online service to remove timestamps from SRT or VTT file.
All you have to do is upload an SRT file or multiple files and click on the Extract text button as shown below.
You will be given two options. Either view the converted text file or download the text file.
This is the original SRT file.
This is the text file from the converted SRT file with the timestamps removed.
With Subtitle Tools uploading of SRT files and the conversion to text files is pretty fast. You should use this service to remove timestamps from SRT if you’re looking for a fast and reliable online SRT timestamp remover.
How to Remove Timestamps from a VTT File
VTT is the short form for WebVTT which stands for Web Video Text Tracks. It is a newer subtitle format popularly used for online video.
It’s pretty much similar to the SRT format. Only that it’s far more customizable. It enables you to style text. It also allows you to work with text positioning and tweak karaoke effects.
If you convert a VTT subtitle file to SRT you’ll lose the use of these effects. The SRT format doesn’t support them.
How do you identify a WebVTT file? The first line of the subtitle file should start with WEBVTT. Note this on the screenshot below.
The way you remove timestamps from a VTT file is no different from removing timestamps from an SRT file.
Upload your VTT file to Subtitle Tools.
Choose your options and hit the Extract text button.
Click on View text to see how the extraction has gone.
You’ll notice that the timestamps and the WEBVTT header are gone.
If you’re satisfied, you may proceed to download the text file version of the VTT file without timestamps.
Anatolt Subtitle Timestamp Remover
Here’s another online editor that removes timestamps from your subtitle transcript.
You can extract the text from your subtitle file by removing the timestamps within a few clicks of the mouse.
All you have to do is open your subtitle file in a text editor like notepad.
The head to the Analtolt Subtitle Timestamp Cleaner site.
Copy and paste your text in the space on your left.
Next, click on the Do the job! button.
The timestamps from your subtitle file will be removed in seconds as you can see above.
You can then proceeed to copy and paste the cleaned up transcript and paste it in a blank notepad amnd save it as a text file.
You have seen how you can remove timestamps from an SRT or a VTT subtitle file without having to install software. Go ahead and give it a try.