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
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.
Some important things to know before you start testing this feature
So, if you’re good with all that, read on . . .
Enabling the Feature:
Download this sample project to follow along PR New Captions Workflow quickstart.zip
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Lock the track to prevent editing. This functions the same as A/V tracks.
The Caption track header has a ‘Toggle the track targeting for this track’ button with same functionality as A/V tracks.
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.
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.
Align and Transform
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
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.
Do it by hand
For short sequences, doing it by hand may not too much trouble.
Exporting your sequence with captions
There are three options for exporting captions: burned in, sidecar file, or embedded into the video file.
Happy captioning! Once again, we welcome your feedback. Please leave comments below.
As for the XDCAMHD 50 NTSC 422 codec in MXF, I can export the file with embedded captions but if I bring it back into Premiere Pro to double-check captions are embedded.. they do not show up. If I do the same export with the AVC-IntroClass100 720 codec and then bring that file back into Premiere Pro.. the captions reappear on the timeline.
Is there a transcoder available that can convert an HD MXF file to SD and keep the embedded captions?
I can't explain why it does not work for you. However i can verify i have been doing that everyday for years and the captions are always there when i bring it back into premiere.
Just wondering, are you on a PC or Mac? I tried the XDCAMHD50 encode and import the .MXF file back into Premiere Pro on both the Beta and the released version. I get the same results on two different computers. Would you mind trying that again with a recently encoded/embedded file? i.e. bring it back into Premiere Pro and see if the captions reappear with the encoded/embedded file.
the XdCamHD50 is standardized for HD (720 or 1080) .
For me, if you have to use SD, it's IMX50 - D10 (pal 576 or ntsc 480, "anamorphosed" for 16x9) = SMPTE 356M-2001 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMPTE_356M) that you should use in order to "stay" in the existing standards and keep as much as possible the past and future compatibilities...
The problem with the IMX50 codec is that it is locked at 720 x 486. It needs to be 720x480 for NTSC SD. If I could change it I would be ok. However, the video size settings are ghosted out. The station also wants non-anamorphic video. Just basic, old 4:3 standard definition.
The other thing I just noticed about the IMX50 NTSC codec is that it has the wrong field first for NTSC/SD. It is set for upper field first vs the correct lower field first for NTSC/SD.
The broadcaster who asks you this does not use the official standards in this case .
I have the impression that you should then consider the DvCam which would be closer to its expectations and requirements... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDCAM#XDCAM_formats
I tried exporting using the DV25 format. It has the correct video frame size and lower field first settings. However, the codec is not Mpeg2 and the station will reject the file.
At this point.. I don't know what else to do.
Ok.. this is just not fair! If I go to AME, select DGFastChannel480, and then Load Presets, everything is correct (video size, pixel aspect ratio, field lower, etc) and if I select the Captions tab, pull down the menu, the option to embed the captions is there!!! FANTASTIC!! OK. I selected embed captions and then saved the preset as a new name.
I go back into Premiere Pro and CTL M to export the test spot with captions, I select the Mpeg2 codec and the DGFastChannel480 preset that I just made with the embed option for captions. I click on the captions tab to double-check that embed is selected. However, the option is set to NONE and I can't select embed captions. Thinking that perhaps I could use the new preset in AME, I go ahead and send the clip to AME.
In AME, I check the clip encode setting and it is the same as PPro. The option for embed captions is missing. I click on the preset I had just made in AME with the option to embed selected. It shows that it is correct and embed is selected.
I try to duplicate the test clip and apply the export setting preset I made in AME that shows the embedding of the caption option selected. Once again, when I check on the actual clip.. it has removed the export option to embed the captions!!!!! UGH!!!! This is maddening!
Sorry, we do not support creation of DVTCC, (captions in an MPEG-2 program stream). For embedded captions we support QuickTime for 608 captions, and MXF OP1a for 608/708/Teletext/OP-47 (Australia).
How are you exporting to Mpeg-2 with captions embedded? The only options I see are to create a sidecar file or burn the captions in. The few options I am finding in Premiere for embedded captions are the pro formats which are too large to send to the local stations and most of the stations I deliver to won't accept them anyway. They want .mov or mpeg2. Any guidance would be most appreciated.
Our TV Station uses the MPEG-2 format for our ALIST RUSHORKS system. We have to use a third party to embed captioning. We are also hoping that Adobe Premiere will allow us to embed captioning into a MPEG2 file as well. This would make things a lot easier.
Please add support for import/export of WebVTT (.vtt) caption files, including position information.
Just tried the new Text panel. It's a vast improvement over the Captions panel, so first of all, congratulations! There are many areas that need improvement however. I imagine the Pr team is already aware of most of these, but hopefully some of the points help out. Here are my observations:
That's it for now! I'm looking forward to seeing these and other improvements rolled out in future Beta versions! Despite the many small details that need tweaking, I can already see how much better the new captioning tool will be when it’s officially rolled out. Congratulations to the Pr team once again!
Working with captions in PP hasn’t been a very pleasant experience for me so far. This new captioning workflow looks like it could change that. My first impressions are very positive.
Two things I don’t like and I think need to be changed:
Agreed, the scrolling is for playback only, we are exploring other options for long jumps. (I was looking a four hour caption yesterday and it scrolls for a 'while'.
Thanks for the feedback!
That's a lot of great feedback, Pierre. Thank you for taking the time to write it all up. I'd like to respond to number 11 right now and you can probably expect responses from me and others on some of the other items in time.
11. There's currently no way to add styling to individual words within a caption, such as bolding or italicizing specific words. Adding this is a must.
Substring formatting (styling individual words or characters) is a work in progress. It is planned to be done for Captiuons version 1 and should show up in public beta builds soon.
Thank you for the update jstrawn, much appreciated. Looking forward to hearing about and seeing progress being made on this new tool. It seems this new interface is going to be an absolute winner! 🙂
Here is my comment about new captions. First of all this is really nice from Adobe to redesign and refresh the caption editing. I'm agree with some of the feedbacks concerning the Enter Key and other stuff. I'm not a great fan of "This concept should go one step further: Rolling the edit point between two side by side captions could simulteneously remove words from one caption and add them to the other." as Pierre Louis said but I may be wrong. I see the concept behind it when you have created a long text and you decide to cut it in two captions instead of one but I'm afraid of how you can control it. Once again I may be wrong.
I think users being given all three options you present, A, B and C would be great! B is preferable to me, but C seems to be your preference. When there isn't a clear winner, the best option is always to give several options to the user.
Regarding you not being a fan of my 'roll-edit' suggestion, is it because you envision a better way of this working? I'm always open to suggestions on how my ideas can be improved upon! As I mentioned, the results wouldn't always be exactly what the user intended, but it would get the user much closer to the result they want vs not having a roll-edit option. The way I see it, it would end up working like this:
Tool allowing 'roll-editing' between 2 captions in the
a) Text window = User always gets the exact result they want word-wise, but not necessarily timing-wise in the Timeline. Minor adjustments may sometimes be needed in the Timeline.
b) Timeline = User always gets the exact result they want timing-wise, but not necessarily word-wise. Minor word adjustments may sometimes be needed in the Text panel.
c) In neither the Text panel nor Timeline (as is currently the case) = Users always need to make adjustments in both the Text panel AND the Timeline, leading to more work for the user in 100% of cases.
Hopefully this helps clarify the overall value (dispite inherent limitations) of the roll edit tools I propose. If you have any questions, please let me know.
If you're not a fan because you don't see this as something Adobe should spend resources on when other things need more attention, I definitely agree there are many things in Pr that need more attention than this feature I suggest, so improvements like this could be scheduled later. After all, captions are not something most users do on a daily basis, whereas other things such as copy/pasting in the Timeline are done all the time, and should therefore take prescedence in the improvement queue (here's the issue with copy/pasting for reference: https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/41066920-new-shortcuts-to-c...)
Either way, I'd love to see an easy way to roll-edit captions in the Timeline and the Text panel. One of the main reasons is this: like many people, I now edit videos in several formats: 16x9, 1x1 and 4x5. Naturally, my 16x9 version can have longer captions than my 1x1 and 4x5 versions. For those, I often have to cut captions in half and/or move words from one caption to another.
Replacing the three step process of
1. Cut words from Caption A
2. Paste words into Caption B
3. Adjust cut point in Timeline between A & B
with the one step process of
1. Roll-edit cut point between A & B (in either the Timeline or the Text panel)
would be a great time saver!
Hi Pierre Louis, I think it a good idea in fact. I think I had misunderstood something in your explanation. I think it would be a great time saver for one reason....the new auto transciption feature that I can't use right now, but just saw Jason's demo. And for this particular reason, there will be a question. How about autogenerated long sentences. How long this text block will be. How auto return to line is decided ?
I have seen a red rectangle around my transciption like an area around it in the program monitor and is this the largest zone for one sentence ? like a frontiere ? Can this be decided by the user.
I'll hope I'll have the realy access for autotransciption soon to get further elements.
I love that :
"Users being given all three options you present, A, B and C would be great! ... the best option is always to give several options to the user."
Have support to Brazilian Portuguese?