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text based editing has serious flaws

New Here ,
May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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I've been using text based editing on a project which involved recording a workshop with two cameras and four audio recorders.  The conversations also involved small break out groups which were audio recorded. I imported each recorder file, transcribed them and created subclips from in and out points(clip/make subclip).  It's been very problematic and here's a list of the issues:

- The timecode of the subclip and the transcript is different and won't playback from the text, only from the video window and the text will not be follow with playback. 

- when I export the subclip transcript I generally, and by generally I mean 90% of my exports and completely randomly, I get an export of the full source file transcript and not the transcript for the subclip section although it appears on the text section of the subclip at such.  Additionally, eventhough the subclip transcript exports include the whole source clip transcript, the timecodes associated in the transcript coincide with the timecodes of the subclip.  So for example if a certain subclip begins at 07;07;07, then the transcript export gives me the full source transcript, but the timecode says 07;07;07 at the beginning.  This changes with each export.  It very very frustrating and wasting huge amounts of my time and resources. 

- when working on fixing a transcription from a sequence which includes multiple microphone channels from separate recorders , which in this case I used to capture a large group conversation, I don't know which source file I'm working with, meaning that I edit the transcript on the sequence but dont know if the changes are being copied to every source file on the timeline or which one is being actually rewritten aside from the sequence transcript. 

I have more bugs but these are by far the most annoying and the ones making me seriously consider not using premiere. 

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Adobe Employee ,
May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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Hey Gabriel, sorry to hear you're having some issues. Would you be willing to send me the .prproj file (no media) to look at? My email is kpena @ adobe.com. 

 

When you say you're working on fixing a transcription from a sequence with multiple mic channels, you don't know which source file youre' working with. You should see the filename in the upper right corner if you're on the source. If you're in the sequence, you'll see the sequence name. The changes you make to the transcript (such as correcting spelling) in either place will ripple through. I might be misunderstanding, so feel free to also send a brief screen recording of the issue. In any case, it's just not working right for you which is a bummer. 

 

 

Kylee Peña | Sr. Product Marketing Manager - Professional Editorial

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May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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@gabrielk41156439,

Subclips generally do not behave as you expect. See this post for some discussion:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-bugs/text-based-editing-sequence-doesn-t-match-clips-seq...

 

Some of the issues are:

  • If you do not apply the "Restrict trims to subclip boundaries" the transcript of that subclip will be the transcript of the WHOLE clip.
  • If you do not convert the subclip to a source clip (by editing the subclip once created), the timecode of the transcript will not work in a sequence the subclip is used in, and you will see "No dialogue."
  • If the clip has been transcribed before, you must re-transcribe. You CANNOT use a previous transcription; the timecodes will be wrong.

 

Some of the oddities of timecodes are probably a result of the multiple options for settings timecode in subclips.

 

> when working on fixing a transcription from a sequence which includes multiple microphone channels from separate recorders , which in this case I used to capture a large group conversation, I don't know which source file I'm working with, meaning that I edit the transcript on the sequence but dont know if the changes are being copied to every source file on the timeline or which one is being actually rewritten aside from the sequence transcript.

 

Yes, difficult to keep straight. I'll have to come back later to comment on that part.

 

Stan

 

 

 

 

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New Here ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Thanks for your reply, Kylee.  I've sent you my project file without media. With regards to the sequence/source file transcription issue. I've created a screen recording and sent via email.  thanks. 

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New Here ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Thanks Stan.  So to understand what a workflow would look like with the characteristics of my project:

- Import media

- Create a sequence and sync (and clean) all audio files of the group discussion recording

- Make that sequence into a source file

- Create a new sequence

- place both video files and mixed recording source file in the timeline

- sync

- edit and create any subclips needed

- make them source clips

- transcribe

- fix transcription (one by one)

- export

 

If this is correct then it would seem as though text based editing isn't really a thing as I would need to retranscribe any edits I would like to turn into source clips for export, losing the changes I made in other versions/edits or source clips I used to create the subclips. If the auto transcriptions were perfect, which as they stand are not, then it would be easier. 

 

I hope there's an easier and more intuitive way that i'm not seeing at the moment. Thanks again. 

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May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024

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@gabrielk41156439,

 

Thanks for that workflow outline.

 

Unfortunately, I have discovered that there is an error in my proposed workflow. When the subclip is converted to source, it does not just change the subclip times. I do not see way to do what I was trying to accomplish.

 

@Kerstin Ebert @alexander-riss

Can you guys help with a way to do what Gabriel wants?

Is there a way to create a subclip with a transcript that is limited to the subclip and shows up when added to a sequence?

 

I know my lack of knowledge about subclips is a problem here, but I've tried everything I can see.

 

Stan

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2024 May 27, 2024

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Hi @gabrielk41156439,

 

thank you for sharing your detailed workflow! We are working in improving the behaviour with subclips that contain transcriptions. I don't have a perfect solution for you yet (we're on it!) but here is a workaround that might fix your problem for now:

 

- transcribe your source clips first, before creating subclips

- when creating subclips, select "unrestricted subclip" in the dialogue

- now when you add the subclip to your timeline, the timecode of the transcript should match

- if you want to open the subclip in the source monitor, do this by double-clicking on the subclip in the timeline (note: if you open the source clip via double-click in the Project panel, the timecode breaks - this is a known issue we're working on)

 

Let me know if that helps!

 

Best,

Kerstin

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May 27, 2024 May 27, 2024

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Thanks, Kerstin. That confirms how off base my workarounds were!

 

This is what I see:

A subclip created from a source file with a transcript keeps the transcript (with any edits to the transcript), and the timecodes adjust in the timeline based on its placement in the sequence. That is as expected.

At first, I thought that the transcript does NOT keep any changes to the Speaker Names that are made before subclip creation. Double-clicking the subclip in the timeline and then editing its transcript speaker name produced odd results: once it correctly showed the right Speaker/clip. another time, it showed the speaker name for subclip 1 for subclip 2 also (which had a different speaker name).

If you edit the source clip transcript AFTER creating the subclip, the subclip transcript does NOT change. That is what I would expect.

An edit to subclip 2 showed when subclip 2 was opened in the source monitor. It did not change the original source clip. Both, are what I would expect.

 

@gabrielk41156439,

 

I did not say it before, but this is a complex workflow. Tracking dialogue in a group is no small undertaking!

 

> when working on fixing a transcription from a sequence which includes multiple microphone channels from separate recorders , which in this case I used to capture a large group conversation, I don't know which source file I'm working with, meaning that I edit the transcript on the sequence but dont know if the changes are being copied to every source file on the timeline or which one is being actually rewritten aside from the sequence transcript.

 

I promised to come back to this. Given the problems with subclips, I don't have a specific recommendation. But here are 2 things to consider.

 

1 - I have experimented with using Speaker names to identify the transcript sections of multiple clips in a sequence. The names must be edited in source view. Most often, each speaker will be in a single clip. So rename "Speaker 1" to "Mary," and when you add the clip to a sequence, any part of the transcript that is from Mary shows that name. With multiple speakers in a single clip, and multiple clips that contain a particular speaker, it becomes more complex. But I suspect that is what you are looking for.

 

Are I noted above, if you are using subclips, the Speaker name editing must be done after the subclip is created. But I got inconsistent results.

 

2 - Staff have reported that "when you have multple transcripts of multiple clips stacked on multiple A/V tracks, we only show the transcript of the highest ranking audio track (usually A1). You'd have to mute the higher audio track if you want to see the transcript on the lower audio track." And this is what I see. If you have audio tracks overlapping, you only see the transcript of the highest, unmuted track, that has a transcript.

 

Stan

 

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