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New captions - how do you import and use an existing transcript to create captions?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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1. What format must a provided caption be, in order to have it be importable to Premiere?

2. Once they are in their, is Adobe capable of analysing them and timing them to captions?

 

Often times we are using a teleptrompter and the script already exists. I want to be able to use this to get the right spelling for pro-nouns like people's names that Sensei doesn't get right. I also don't like having to rely on the cloud to do the analysis for me (only because it's been buggy and offline - right now my captions workflow is frozen again and my team are disgruntedly starting to type and time things the "old" way).

 

I'm assuming even if I successfully imported an existing transcript, Premiere would still need to connect to Sensei servers to match the text to the speech to time the captions, right?

 

Anyone else struggling to use existing transcripts?

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Community Beginner , Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021
Oh agreed it's absolutely fanastic (so much so it's instantly become a major loss without it) but I have an update. I tried a bunch of different projects and found that this was the only one failing to get past the audio render step (despitre the progress bar reaching what I see as the end). Then I checked and confirmed that the footage was actually offline. I'm looking at proxies so it's not noticeable and the new Text panel doesn't complain about the footage being offline. So... I reconnected ...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 23, 2021 Jul 23, 2021

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Thank you for your feedback.

 

Currently the only ways to add a transcription to a sequence is either via transcribing, or via importing a previously exported prtranscript file.  There is no supported way to import a 3rd party transcript.

 

This also means that only Premiere Pro created transcripts can be run through the Sensei AI (running locally on your machine) to re-flow the text into caption segments.

 

On the offline problem - can you give some more details on this ? Are you on Premiere Pro 15.4 ? Behind a firewall ?

 

Best regards,

 Alexander

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Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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No firewall - it was trying to do it with just the proxies and failing. Maybe a proxy/codec issue but reconnected media, it went through fine.

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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A follow-up question to using the import transcript function in  Speech to text. The "import transcript" function is greyed out in my workspace. I am working on a Spanish captioning and have the word for word transcription in Spanish in docx format. Is there any way I can upload the transcription into the transcript/caption workspace to create captions?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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"Import transcript" is only available if you have no transcript already. But, no, you cannot import anything other than the PR transcript format (bascially what you would export).

 

You must instead focus on importing captions. In the Captions tab of the Text Panel, when there is no Caption track (or any existing caption tracks are disabled), you will see "Import captions from file." BUT the only file it allows so far is .srt. So you must convert your .docx to .srt - and that requires special formatting and timecodes.

 

See this post:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-discussions/possible-to-import-docx-premiere-to-do-subti...

 

Let us know if you have questions.

 

 

Stan

 

 

 

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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This is a bit of a problem currently ... as you can easily have a project with a transcript, that you need to import another language or additional material. The developers have been pushed about this by many users, so I expect at some point we'll get it.

 

But ... who knows when. Maybe, ... the Shadow knows?

 

😉

 

Neil

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 23, 2021 Jul 23, 2021

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James, the new Speech to Text is a great addition. My experience has been that once you get the cloud issues sorted, it works consistently. And I only see the cloud activity for the transcription itself; not the caption creation step.

 

And yes, there are other users that want the same options. Submit your own feature request or upvote one that is already there.

https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro

 

If you submit a feature request, post a link here so we can upvote it.

 

The closest one I see is this one for you to upvote:

https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/43157127-could-we-use-adobe...

 

Other related requests you might want to upvote:

In the Speech-to-Text function, allow for the generated text/captions to be exported as a .doc or .txt file for proofreading

https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/42826278-in-the-speech-to-t...

 

Export Subtitles for Corrections

https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/42651067-export-subtitles-f...

 

Stan

 

 

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Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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Oh agreed it's absolutely fanastic (so much so it's instantly become a major loss without it) but I have an update. I tried a bunch of different projects and found that this was the only one failing to get past the audio render step (despitre the progress bar reaching what I see as the end). Then I checked and confirmed that the footage was actually offline. I'm looking at proxies so it's not noticeable and the new Text panel doesn't complain about the footage being offline. So... I reconnected it and, success, the auto-transcribe feature went all the way through and I was able to create captions. So... yay me!

It might be a good idea for Adobe to include a pop-up to say "hey this footage is actually offline". Perhaps it's trying to use the proxy audio and having issues with my proxies. I can export using proxies so it should work, maybe a bug. Anyway, if anyone else is getting slammed by this just make sure your footage is connected 🙂

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Engaged ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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Depending on how much work of this sort you're going to be doing,   Transcriptive might be worth checking out.

 

I haven't used it much, but they have just introduced a web version with a monthly subscription, and I think they have a free trial.

 

It can align an existing text with an audio track, and the resulting file can be used to produce captions: see here.

 

 

 

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I was happy to vote on the UserVoice postings that Stan listed.

 

Thanks for looking those up, Stan!

 

Neil

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