DISCUSS: New Captions Workflow in Premiere Pro

Adobe Employee ,
Oct 20, 2020 Oct 20, 2020

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UPDATE: January 29, 2021

Since the innitial post back in October of last year we have made a ton of progress and some of the details originally posted here are no longer acurate.  I have updated the post to be more accurate to the state of things today.  

 

Here are some important changes to be aware of

  • The Premiere Pro beta is now version 15 (starting January 26, 2021)
  • The captions workflow in on by default - no need to enable it
  • The beta menu has been removed (because you don't need it anymore - the advanced beta features are always on)
  • Applications for speech to text early access has closed and those who have been accepted should have recieved an email.  The email you used to apply needs to match the email (Adobe ID) you use to log into creative cloud. If you did not recieve an email stating that you have been accepted, or if you are logged into creative cloud using a different email you will contininue to see the message stating that speech to text is coming soon.
  • Broadcast closed captions are now supported CEA 608/708, OP47, Teletext, EBU Subtitles.
  • Exporting is working (burned-in, sidecar, embedded) and queue to Media Encoder is working too now.

 

Thanks to everyone for testing and for all your awesome feedback! - Francis

 

The captioning workflow in Premiere Pro is getting a complete makeover and you can be the first to try it out!  We have a new text panel for editing and viewing your captions as text.  Captions now have their own track on the timeline so they can be edited just like video.  Styling uses the power of the Essential Graphics panel so you can make fantastic looking captions. 

 

Best of all – we will be adding speech to text and auto captions powered by Adobe Sensei – coming later.

 

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Some important things to know before you start testing this feature

  1. Just like any beta software, we do not recommend using this for mission critical projects since features are likely to change over time. 
  2.  The Premiere Pro beta has been updated to the next major version – 15.  This means your projects will NOT be backwards compatible with the current shipping version of Premiere Pro – 14.x.  All projects created in Premiere Pro Beta, even if you don’t use captions, will be saved as version 15. 
  3. Opening existing projects in Premiere Pro Beta will ask you to save a copy of your project in the new project version. Take extra care with Team Projects since you do not get a version update warning and you can mess up the project for your entire team!
  4. If you have existing captions in a project that gets upgraded, we will convert from the old style captions to the new style.  We will do our best to match the styling, but do not guarantee a pixel-perfect transition. 

 

So, if you’re good with all that, read on . . .

 

Enabling the Feature:

  1. Update to the latest Beta version - you're done.  It's on by default now

 

Quickstart Guide: 

Download this sample project to follow along PR New Captions Workflow quickstart.zip

 

  1. Open the sequence The climber - start here and familiarize yourself with the spoken dialog.
  2. Open the Text panel from the window menu and make sure it’s showing the Captions tab.
  3. Locate the SRT file in the project panel The Climber - subtitles.srt
  4. Drag the SRT file into the sequence and drop it anywhere. 
  5. A new caption track is created, and all the caption items are placed at the correct time.
  6. Place the playhead over one of the caption items to select it.  This should activate the Essential Graphics panel into editing mode.
  7. Change the Style in the Essential Graphics panel by choosing a different preset from the Style dropdown.
  8. Notice the font, size, color, and background have been updated.
  9. Play the sequence and watch the captions follow along in the Text panel.

 

Play around with visual styles in the Essential Graphics panel and try editing the text in the Text panel.  Read on for more detailed info on the various pieces of the workflow.

 

The Text Panel
Open the Text panel from the Window menu.  This is where you interact with text and it has two tabs – Transcript and Captions

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  1. Text panel – open from the Window Menu
  2. Transcript tab – This is where you can create automatic speech to text transcriptions, navigate the transcript, and create automatic captions.  This is only available to those who been accepted into the eary access program for speech to text.  All others will continue to see the "coming soon" graphics.
    S2T Apply for early access.png
  3. Captions tab – Navigate and edit caption text.
  4. Search – find characters, words and phrases in your captions.
  5. Next / Previous search result – use to navigate search results.
  6. Replace / Replace All – used to replace search results with new text.
    Replace text.png
  7. Add Caption – this will place a blank caption at the playhead in the current sequence
  8. Caption number – a sequence number to count your captions
  9. Timecode – TC start and stop of the current caption item.  This is not editable.  To change the timing of the caption, edit it in the sequence.
  10. Caption text – the text of the caption itself.  Double click to edit.

 

The Caption track - working with captions in the Sequence

We have completely reimagined the way captions work in Premiere Pro. If you have used captions previously in Premiere Pro, this is totally different – much better we think. Please tell us what YOU think by leaving a public comment below.

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Create and delete caption tracks

There are a few ways to create a new caption track.  You can drag an SRT file onto the Sequence or use the “Create new captions track” button in the Captions tab of the Text panel. To delete a caption track, right-click on the caption track header and choose “delete track”

 

Drag an SRT file on the sequence

Dragging an SRT caption file onto the Sequence will automatically create a new caption track at the top of the Timeline.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

To see all the keyboard shortcuts available for captions, open the keyboard shortcuts menu from the Premiere Pro menu and search for "caption".  Here are some notable ones.  There are many other which do not have default assignments.

  1. Add a captions track - option/alt + command/ctrl + A
  2. Add a new caption segment at the playhead- option/alt + command/ctrl + C
  3. Go to next caption segment in the timeline - option/alt + command/ctrl + UP
  4. Go to next caption segment in the timeline - option/alt + command/ctrl + down

 

Captions tracks

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  1. Caption track setting – the CC button

This can hide the caption track area or solo just the active caption track if you have more than one.  It is useful if you want to declutter your timeline. It does not turn off the active caption track from rendering in the program monitor, however. 

  • Hide all caption tracks
  • Show all caption tracks
  • Show active caption track only 

 

  1. Active Track/Visibility – the eyeball icon

This will enable/disable Program Monitor viewing of the Caption track selected. Only one Caption track can be active at a time, so when you make one track active, the other tracks will automatically be disabled. You can also choose to disable all Caption tracks. Inactive Caption tracks will dim making it easier to note your active Caption track. 

 

  1. Label

By default, this will show the caption track format (eg Subtitles, CEA-708, CEA-608, etc.) You can right-click the Caption track header and choose Rename to choose a custom name (same functionality as A/V tracks)

 

  1. Right-click the caption track header

Additional caption tracks can be added by right-clicking in the caption track header – choose “Add Track”. You can also delete or rename a caption track in the same way.

  1. Caption tracks area

Caption tracks will always be at the top of the sequence. Additional caption tracks are added on top. This will continue until you have reached 25% of the Timeline vertical space, then the tracks will stop “growing” and scroll bars will appear to the right. Caption tracks will never take up more than 25% of the upper space of the Timeline. This is dynamic, so if you increase or decrease the Timeline panel height, the 25% will adjust accordingly.

 

  1. Track Lock

Lock the track to prevent editing.  This functions the same as A/V tracks.

 

  1. Track Targeting

The Caption track header has a ‘Toggle the track targeting for this track’ button with same functionality as A/V tracks.

 

  1. Sync Lock

The Caption track header has a ‘Toggle Sync Lock’ button with same functionality as A/V tracks.

 

Editing timing of caption items on the track

You can use all the familiar editing tools that you are used just like editing video and audio.

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  • Select (one or many) You can select multiple Caption track items by Shift-selecting each item or marquee/lasso select items or use Select All (which will also include other items in tracks like video, audio, etc.)
  • Trim
  • Ripple Trim
  • Razor/Add Edit: You can add an edit/razor a Caption item as you would with any Timeline item and Track Targeting is supported. The difference is that when you razor a Caption item, both items will have the same text which you can then modify in the Text panel
  • Copy/Paste: paste of Caption item(s) follows Track targeting which allows you to copy and paste captions items between tracks.

 

Styling with the Essential Graphics panel

Open the Essential Graphics panel from the Window menu.  This is where you choose things like font, size, color and position. Make sure you have at least one caption selected. This will activate the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel. If you have created and stylized text in Premiere Pro before, the following should be very familiar to you. However, for captions we are adding small enhancements such as zones, and vertical text alignment.

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Styles

  • Create Master Text Styles for consistent styling across the entire captions track. A style saves all the settings made in the Essential Graphics panels, including font, alignment, color and more. Setting a Master Text Style to one caption applies it to all captions on the track. You can have different styles for different tracks.
  • Sync from Master Style and Push to Master Style: When changing the look of a caption you may want to push this change to the entire track for consistency, that’s were Push to Master Style comes into play. Or you might want to revert an edit to a caption back to the Master Style. Then use Sync from Master Style.
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Text

  • Font: Set font, font style and font size.
  • Paragraph Alignment: For horizontal alignment use Left align text, Center align text, Right align text and Justify. We have now also added Vertical alignment with Top align text, Center text vertically and Bottom align text. This defines how a caption grows when adding additional lines. As an example, there is a good chance you will want a caption to be bottom aligned, this way a single line caption and the second line of a two-line caption will always be in the same vertical position.
  • Tracking: Loose or tighten the space between characters.
  • Leading: Loose or tighten the vertical space between lines.
  • Faux Styles: Bold, Italic, All Caps, Small Caps, Superscript, Subscript, Underline.

 

Align and Transform

  • Position captions with zones: You can choose from different zones to position your caption in different areas on screen, e.g. bottom center.
  • Fine tune position: Through Set Horizontal and Set Vertical Position you can add an offset to your zone setting.
  • Change the text box size: If you want to shrink or expand the text box size you can do this through Set Horizontal Scale and Set Vertical Scale. This will affect text wrapping and paragraph align settings.


Appearance

  • Fill: Change the color of your captions.
  • Stroke: Add single or multiple strokes. The Graphics Properties menu under the wrench menu gives you more control over stroke styling.
  • Background: Add a background box. You can choose the color, add additional padding and change the opacity.
  • Shadow: You can add a shadow and fine tune with controls such as opacity, angle, distance and more.

 

Transcribing the dialog into captions

You have three options for transcribing your audio and creating captions: speech to text, use a third-party service, or do it by hand.

 

Speech to text

  • Text Panel > Transcript tab
  • Only available for those who have applied and been accepted to the speech to text early access program.  Other will not have access to this feature.

 

Use a third-party service

If you already have a workflow that uses a third party transcription service, you can bring in that file.  SRT is the best option.

  1. Import the SRT file into your Premiere Pro project just like any piece of media
  2. Drag the SRT from the project panel into your sequence and let go anywhere
  3. A new caption track is automatically created, and the captions are placed on the track

 

Do it by hand

For short sequences, doing it by hand may not too much trouble.

  1. Open Text panel from the Window menu
  2. Go to the Captions tab of the Text Panel
  3. Press the “Add Captions Track” button – a new captions track is added to your current sequence
  4. Place the playhead at the beginning of your first piece of dialog (hint – use the waveforms in the audio to help align)
  5. Press the “+” button near the top of the Captions tab of the Text Panel to add a blank caption
  6. Double click on <Type your caption here> to go into edit mode
  7. Type out the caption text
  8. Trim the end of the caption in the timeline to align with the end of the spoken dialog
  9. Repeat for each caption you wish to add
  10. See the other sections on Working with captions in the Sequence and Styling with the Essential Graphics panel for more details on editing and styling.

 

Exporting your sequence with captions

There are three options for exporting captions: burned in, sidecar file, or embedded into the video file.  

  1. Make sure the caption track you want exported is visible by toggling the eyeball on (Toggle Active Captions Track).
  2. Choose File > Export
  3. Open the Captions tab in the export settings and choose burn in, sidecar or embedded
  4. Burned in and sidecar are supported with any encoding preset
  5. Embedded is limited to pro codecs like MXF OP1a, DNX, and Prores and requires that the caption track format be set to one of the broadcast standards like CEA-608
  6. Click Export
  7. Sidecar files will be saved next to the video file with the same name
  8. Queueing to Media encoder is supported too

Captions Export - Burn in.pngCaptions Export - sidecar.png

 

Happy captioning!  Once again, we welcome your feedback.  Please leave comments below.

 

 

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Mentor ,
Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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Last one is aboutbackground box sizing and captions positionning.

 

1.

I have not found where to edit the (here, yellow) security text margin. BAD thing, premiere doesn't allow my caption to go outside of it.

I would love to sometimes avoid that constraint ALTHOUGH I understand that in reframe works, it would be precious.

 

2.

Background box has only one 'square" dimension (orange), to use it as I (loved to) used in a mogrt, I would need more room on the right and bottom than top and left (green)

 

3.

Bonus, rounded corners, would be stylish and not look like "basic" captions.


Pr Pro Captions Beta - Margins + background box unequal sizing + rounded corners
Pr Pro Captions Beta - Margins + background box unequal sizing + rounded corners .png

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New Here ,
Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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Hey.. Question: if i have applied for the early access program last first week of January, when can i possibly received the email and have it on my beta? I have been waiting for this feature since I really need it as integral part of my daily workflow. I have updated my beta version just now and still can't access it

 

Thanks

Paul

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Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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Experience for French language :
 
1. Tremendous. I subbed a 3 minutes video in less than 3 minutes for the first draft, without leaving Pr, that is incredible (but you know it).
 
2. Names : of course it doesn’t get those. Would love it to remember my changes in case of many enterprise translations and the ability to make it faster for later.
 
3. Slang : a graffiti artist « grapher » became a geographer, or an engraver, or… was funny but understandable -> already way better than YTs auto funny version. So one question : does it improve from training on my corrections ?
 
4. Préférence : Pr needs to remember I once picked French. I might not be subbing only French, but if it would NOT default back to English, I’d appreciate 🙂 (re-send a 3 minutes video because of funny English instead of French is wasting everybody’s time)
 
5. Accents : so far I haven’t tried people from Marseille with a strong accent. I’ll see if I get some 🙂
 
6. Corrections : i havent taken the time yet but, if I make edits at the transcript version out of Pr (validation from someone without Pr), how much of the cue points/meta data for text précision placements would I loose ? Always “scary” to send to an editor and any automation being lost.
 
7. Prelude : I don’t see this one used too much but it could be a good help : première without the hassle for a non editor savvy that would not be able to mess up my nicely set folders 🙂
 
8. Rush : I suppose that we can imagine this for later ? Tiktok subbed on the go ? 🙂
 
9. Songs : I have no idea how it deals with music in the mix, I mostly used clean narration audio.

 

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Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021

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+1 for making the Create Transcript window's language setting sticky when restarting Pr.


Sticky Create Transcript window.jpg

 

Anywhere and everywhere it makes sense for settings to be sticky, they should always be sticky, since going back to a default setting rather than respecting a user's last used setting is rarely (if ever) of any benefit to anyone.

 

Here's a FR I created about the overall 'sticky' problem in Pr: https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/42793226-make-settings-stic...

 

Rather than adding to the problem with yet another setting that isn't sticky when it should be, how about solving this problem once and for all?

 

Thank you!

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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Hi there,

Is it possible to create one caption card with two lines, each with a different colour to demonstrate that two people are talking to each other, like in my screenshot?

Also, if caption text takes up just one line instead of two, is there a way that it can auto-centre vertically, like in my second screenshot?

Many thanks,
Jenia

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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I'm not sure if other have reported this but I am having issue with SRT files exporting directly from the text window.  Sometimes it will export the SRT file no problem and other times it will exit the dialog but no file is created.  Restarting Premiere with a preferences reset seems to resolve the issue.

 

Also has anyone had an issue with only part of a sequence auto transcribing?  I have a ~45 min sequence that I auto-transcribed but it only completed about 30 minutes.  Tried to re-transcribe and it does up to the same point.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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Main issue for me is that transcriptions always need some editing and in this workflow, if you create captions and then edit as you go in the timeline, the captions get edited, but the transcription gets left as it was originally. Then perhaps a client wants the transcription, but it's full of mistakes that you already fixed in your timeline.

Also, Export to text needs timecodes.

But overall it is a great feature and much appreciated.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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100% agree with Nick!

 

Rather than corrections in Captions getting propagated to the transcript, if doing that is harder to program, there could simply be different export to text options from the Captions tab, as I mentioned in a prior post. 3 options would be ideal:

1) Export transcription (no formating except for paragraph breaks to delineate multiple speakers)

2) Export captions (text broken up line by line as per cations (i.e. current behaviour when exporting to text from the Captions tab)

3) Export captions with Timecode (set up in a way that makes reimporting text into Pr possible, after corrections and formating changes have been made in any text editor of choice.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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Batch transcription?

"Right click - create sequence and transcribe" to work on multiple clips in a bin?

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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What would be the advantage of this vs simply throwing the selected clips into any sequence and doing the 'batch' transcribing from there with the current tools?  I'm not sure what you're suggesting would be of any practical use or help, but perhaps I'm missing something here?

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As an example, say I shoot interviews all day and have five interview sequences, with multiple clips in each (where the DP stopped filming or changed battery or whatever). 

It would be ideal to select all five sequences and have them all transcribed.

What you're describing is a decent workaround for now, but there would be a lot of work added if you had to put all five interviews into a sequence and transcribe it as you'd then have to break apart that transcription into five, finding the beginning and end of each interview. 


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Hi Nick, wouldn't each interview automatically be split by speaker, making it easy to see where each interview begins/ends?

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Easier, sure (as long as it gets the speakers right, which it doesn't in my tests so far), but still a fair bit of extra work. I normally agree with your logic Pierre so I'm surprised we don't see eye to eye on this one. 

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Thank you for this update!  This is huge and I know will probably take a lot of jobs as well as make a lot of jobs easier.

 

I do video editing for content creators on Youtube.  It is not uncommon on this platform to have subtitles baked into the video.  I have gotten my hands on the beta and love the new features, it saves me about a whole three days of time.  But for my job specifically, it is essential that I can animate and add effects to various captions/subtitles.  With the captions tool, captions are stored above the timeline in new tracks.  I'm aware at this point that we can't apply effects to these captions.  A great work around for people like me would be the ability to convert these captions to the essential graphics format text.  This would allow me to animate my captions, add plugins, do various fun things with them that at this point is very standard in the content creation market.  Without an addition like this, these powerful tools are almost completely useless, and in fact, I'm having to buy third party software to convert these graphics myself.  I know for a fact this tech team can do that themselves!

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In fact, something as simple as dragging the caption track down to a video track could do the trick.  If you did that, a prompt could come up and ask if you'd like to convert the caption to an essential graphics format.  Then there could be a batch select, drag down the entirety of the captions, and it would copy over just like that into a format that I could edit myself, without losing the captions track!

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Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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For anyone wondering, I figured out a work around for now, here's a video on how to do that:

https://youtu.be/pWRLDcrOhIA

I cover on stream how to convert premiere captions to essential graphics so you can apply your own effects to your captioning!Free Site: https://gotranscript...

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Explorer ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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This is good to know. I feel like if it can done like that, it can't be that hard to code it within Premiere so I hope this does get done.

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Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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The background box shape has been updated in recent weeks - which is a partly good and partly bad.

It used to be tight around the text, ignoring uppercase & ascenders (h,i etc.) and descenders (g,j,y etc.).

Now it is allowing for those which is great, but it means if you have a run of subtitles and a few sentences happen to not have them , then the box suddenly becomes smaller and that looks very glitchy and catches the eye in a bad way.

It would be much better if the box stayed the same size always, allowing for ascenders and descenders to be there even if they occasionally aren't.

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Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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Yes, this needs to be addressed, 100%!  Users need a checkbox option to easily turn constant vertical sizing on/off.

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Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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Okay!  I've been playing with these new tools for a bit now and I finally have my feedback for the tech team.  These are problems I experienced and some changes I hope to be made.  I'm a video editor for content creators mostly on youtube, so be aware that is where I am coming from and who I am representing.

 

Firstly, there is no function to convert the caption track into essential graphics.  I think this should most definitely be a feature.  I have already found some third party softwares that do this and seeing that I know this is too simple to not have built in.  You should be able to drag down your caption track to duplicate it into a video track, this would seamlessly turn the captions into essential graphics format titles.  The reason this is necessary for a lot of editors is because people like to animate their captions/subtitles and apply effects to them.  This, of course, is not possible with the caption style tracks.

 

Next, I think the animation in the subtitling panel is a bit excessive.  It seems to slow down my build and also slow down the ability to change text as you have to wait for the page to scroll to your correct text before you can type and change.  I think this should instead snap around, as pretty as it looks, it slows down the working process.

 

This is something I'm not entirely sure I understand fully, I could be missing something and in that case, my bad.  The speaker identifying function is great, but as of now I can't seem to apply certain text settings to various speakers.  Lots of youtubers style their cast's subtitles differently so the viewer can identify who is talking, this is something that I would have hoped could be driven by the speaker tags.  I can't seem to find a way to do that, although like I said, it's possible I am missing something.  If this is not currently available, this should most definitely be added as it is going to be a very commonly used tool.  Maybe a function where you can apply a text style to an entire speaker instead of just the individual caption piece?

 

Otherwise, this tool is super helpful and I'm glad it's in Premiere now, thanks to the tech team for all of this hard work, it paid off and is definitely helping a lot of editors now!

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Good morning friends. This is the first time I'm working with the new captioning workflow so please forgive me if any of this has been previously addressed. If so, I cannot find the answers. 

I have gone ahead and created captions for a short 15 second promo and while the workflow was great, the program monitor is showing me a traditional type of caption text and also a formatted type. When I physically delete the caption block in the timeline, the formatted version then disappears and keeps the traditional format in place. See the below image. 

Is this just a matter of toggling something on or off?

 

Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 8.45.45 AM.png

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A screenshot of the timeline and the Text (caption) Panel would help....

 

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But of course! Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 9.20.45 AM.png

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When you turn off the eyball on the caption track, do both captions disappear? I'm wondering if you have a burned in caption? 

 

If turning off the caption track does not remove both, turn off each video layer one at a time.

 

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Yeah, I tried that. When I turn off the caption track it hides the stylized captions but continues to show the other. When I start hiding other tracks that "other" caption remains the entire time.

 

It's the oddest thing. When I view the exported MXF after rendering with embedded captions, I only see the stylized version.

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