No single font is universally considered the best one for captioning videos. A creator's preference is the key deciding factor in his subtitle font choice. From TikTok to Instagram, most social media platforms allow creators to choose from multiple fonts.
When you use an independent program to caption your content, though, your choices are virtually limitless. This section narrows down your options to the ten best fonts that are ideal for video captions.
PT Sans Caption by ParaType
As its name suggests, Sans Caption is a font meant to be used for captioning content. It has great legibility at all sizes and has a relatively unassuming character that doesn't seem out of place on any type of content. You can use it on pickup videos or religious sermons without it seeming like it doesn't belong.
Some sans-serif fonts don't fit historical content, but this caption font goes over traditional content types just as well as it goes over modern content.
The best context for PS Sans Caption font is the bottom-of-the-video captioning in long-form content. While this font is visible in the mid-screen captioning context, it is not as great a fit for short-form content. Mid-screen captions are large, bold, and eye-catching. PS Sans Caption was designed in 2009, long before mid-screen captions were a thing.
PT Serif Caption by ParaType
While the Sans-serif version of the PT Caption fonts is usable in traditional as well as contemporary content, PT Serif Caption has a more specific character. It works well for historical documentaries, period dramas, and other content that evokes feelings of traditionalism and conventionality.
PT Serif Caption is backed and owned by the same project as the PT Sans Caption font, and it is just as broadly legible. Moreover, this caption has a little more weight than its sans-serif counterpart.
It, too, works best for captioning long-form content. You can use it for subtitling movies, youtube videos, and documentaries. But don't use it for captioning TikToks and Reels, as those require fonts that can double as engagement props (i.e., title fonts).
Bebas Neue by Ryoichi Tsunekawa
Bebas Neue is available on Canva and other content editors because of its versatility and its open license. You can use this font for mid-screen captions as well as for lower-screen subtitling. The font works as a heavy-body text font as well as a subheading font. It is characterized by its slim and tall glyphs and comes with significant default weight.
Oleo Script by Soytutype fonts
Oleo Script is yet another heavy-body font that works well as a lower-screen caption font as well as a mid-screen short-form subtitling font. It has a bit of a traditional character thanks to its cursive nature and slight italicization. If your content revolves around tradition, education, or history, then this font might fit. But for contemporary topics, it might seem a little out of place.
Lato by Łukasz Dziedzic
Lato is different from its heavy-bodied peers because of its lean glyphs. That's why it works in subtitling long-form content. You should use its bold form for maximum readability in the lower-screen caption.
It is best to use Lato for youtube videos, lectures/webinars, and movies. If you make it an integral part of your brand and use it in your short-form content as well, you might want to download its title form called Lato Black.
Lato Black can work in mid-screen captions because of its weight and attention-grabbing nature. This font family has one of the most diverse form-roster. The Lato Family features a headline font, a subheading font, and several body text fonts.
Lato Bold works for the type of captions that run at the bottom of the screen, while Lato Black works for mid-screen captions, which you encounter in Podcast reels and educational Tiktoks.
Playfair Display by Claus Eggers Sørensen
Playfair Display is yet another versatile and freely available font that can be used for captioning content. As the name suggests, it is a display font and display fonts are great for large captions. The character of this font family is very "official" looking.
Its semi-bold form is best for lower-screen captions, and its extra-bold form works for mid-screen subtitles. The weight of Playfair Display glyphs offers creators the opportunity to play with colors. Playfair Display ExtraBold looks good in yellow and white in a mid-screen caption context.
Poppins by Indian Type Foundry and Jonny Pinhorn
Poppins has a wide weight range starting with barely-legible slim glyphs that would be lost in front of any background other than white paper. But its semi-bold form is ideal for standard subtitles as it is a lot more legible. No form of this font has serifs or cursive elements, giving it a clean and contemporary feel.
Poppins isn't used as often for captioning, though it is pretty prevalent in website copy. Because of the font's infrequence in subtitling, you can use Poppins in your content captions consistently to make your videos stand out.
Vollkorn by Friedrich Althausen
Vollkorn is yet another font that isn't very common in subtitles but is perfect for the use case. You can adopt it for your videos' captions and can make it a part of your overall brand. The font has character and is aesthetically pleasing. It has enough weight to be legible in all sizes and has forms that work in different captioning contexts.
Vollkorn Black and Vollkorn Extra-Bold work for mid-screen captions, while Vollkorn Medium works for standard subtitles. The other forms include Bold, Regular, and Semi-Bold options, all of which are also passable for captioning and other content creation purposes.
This font family is licensed under the Open Font License, making it acceptable to use in print, digital, personal, and commercial projects.
Roboto by Christian Robertson
Roboto is available as a default font on multiple content-creating platforms because of its Open Fonts License. The font has a very tech-forward aesthetic with a very evidently digital lean. It doesn't feature handwritten glyphs. Instead, it has a geometric design with a sans-serif type.
You can use Roboto Bold for mid-screen captions in short-form content like Reels and Youtube Shorts. Its Thin, Lights, and Regular forms aren't really usable in subtitling. But if you want to stick to the same font family for your lower-screen captions as well, you can choose Roboto Medium.
Domine by Impallari Type
Domine's character is slightly playful but conventionally familiar. Its serifs evoke traditionalism, but its understated curvature keeps its text from seeming too formal. The font combines elements from popular body fonts like Century, Cheltenham, Clarendon, and Clearface, to create a glyph set that is easy on the eyes.
According to its designer, the font was originally meant to be used for body text, and its distributor emphasizes its compatibility with magazines and newspapers. Because this font is legible even at 14 pixels, it is great for captioning. More specifically, it is ideal for lower-screen captions. It does not work nearly as well for mid-screen captions.