Windows Media Files: Adding Closed Captions or Subtitles using Windows Media File Editor

This article explains how to add captions or subtitles to a Windows Media file (WMV) using the Microsoft Windows Media File Editor.


Step 1- Log into your 3Play Media account

After receiving a notification email that your file is ready for download, log into your 3Play Media account.

3Play Media login


Step 2- Select your file

Locate the file associated with the video you intend to work with in Microsoft Windows Media File Editor. When it has been selected, the box to the left of the filename will become checked and the line will become highlighted in blue.

Select file to download


Step 3- Click Request Download

Click on the Download button located above your list of files.

Request download for file


Step 4- Download the WMP TXT captions file

The Download pop-up menu will appear.
Click the check box for the WMP TXT file format and click Next.

There will be no advanced settings for WMP TXT, click Next.

The Download Summary page is next.  Your selected formats will be compressed into a .zip folder. It will be stored and available for download in the Downloads section of My Files. You also have the option to receive an email with a link to download the zip folder.  On the right is a summary of the caption files to be downloaded.

Download WMP TXT file


Step 5- Download Windows Media Encoder 9

Download and install the free software Windows Media Encoder 9, which includes the Windows Media File Editor utility.


Step 6-  Launch Windows Media File Editor

Locate where Windows Media Encoder 9 is installed on your computer. It's usually in this location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Components\Encoder

Windows Media File Editor


Step 7- Launch the utility Windows Media File Editor

Find the file wmeditor.exe and double-click it to launch the utility.


Step 8- Load your Windows Media File (WMV)

Select File > Open and select your Windows Media File (WMV).


Step 9- Import the WMP TXT captions file

Select File > Import header file and select the WMP TXT captions file that you downloaded in Step 3.


Step 10- Save As

Select File > Save As and Index

Captions should now show up when you play the video. Note that you may need to adjust the player settings to display captions (see the article Windows Media Player Settings).

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