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Importing an SRT Error

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Oct 05, 2017 Oct 05, 2017

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When attempting to import an SRT file, I get the error: “This file cannot be opened because of a header error”

Anyone know a fix for this? Thanks

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Oct 06, 2017 Oct 06, 2017

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Hi BuiltThisCityProductions,

I am sorry that you are not able to import SRT files into Premiere Pro.

Thanks,

Kulpreet Singh

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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I had the same error message when importing an .srt file that I had made by hand.

The error message has nothing to do with the header of the file or the format of the .srt.

When only a single subtitle has a duration of 00:00:00,000 Premiere Pro fails to import it.

The solution is to edit the file in a text editor and inspect it whether any of the lines have a duration that looks inconsistent. (overlapping or very short length do not matter). Then correct the file an save it with UTF-8 encoding.

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Sep 07, 2018 Sep 07, 2018

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Hi

I had the same issue and the YouTube trick is too much complicated.

The main reason why Premiere does not import the SRT file is that it recognises only text files saved with Windows and not with macOS's TextEdit. The latter encodes slightly differently the line breaks.

Here's the method that works all the time: just open the SRT file in BBEDIT (the app is free forever despite the message proposing you to pay to unlock advanced features but you don't need them) and Save As... and be sure to use the following options.

And if the last subtitle does not appear, just add an extra one with dummy content.

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020

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That was the solution for me, thank you! I wonder why Apple / Adobe don't address it.

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Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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Tried this but BBEDIT wont open the SRT file. It's greyed out

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