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Make caption track height adjustable

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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There is a bar below the caption track that separates it from the video track. Please make it possible to pull this bar downwards to reveal more of the caption track, in the same way that the bar separating the video and audio tracks can be moved up and down.

Currently, you can increase the caption track height by Option or Alt + mouse scroll. However, increasing the caption height this way only causes the upper portion of the track and its tools to disappear because the bar beneath the caption track is fixed. This makes no sense. This issue could also be deemed a bug, but I am putting it in as a feature request. 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 15, 2023 Jan 15, 2023

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I agree that there should be an option to have more space for the Caption Tracks area. But based on discussion during the Beta phase, this was intentional, due to the greater importance of the A/V tracks.

 

There is very little information in the Reference Guide on the options, so here is my review.

 

Caption Tracks Area.
The Caption Tracks area is limited to 25% of the Timeline space. It cannot be resized via dragging the track header line, like you can with A/V tracks.

 

When adding Caption tracks, they will take additional space until they reach the 25% limit. At that point, they provide scroll bars on the right. Note: the scroll bars may disappear under some circumstances. Hiding and then showing all caption tracks is one option for showing them.

 

Maximizing the Timeline panel maximizes the actual amount of space available to the Caption Tracks area.

 

According to a staff post, the goal of this space limitation was to not hinder A/V tracks.

 

Hiding/Showing Tracks.
In the Timeline header area, click on the CC icon to select 1) Hide all caption tracks, 2) Show all caption tracks, or 3) Show active caption track only. Hiding all caption tracks hides the entire caption track section. This also occurs if all caption tracks are disabled (eyeball off), and you then select to show only the active track. If you show only the active track (with a track enabled), and then disable that track, it stays on the screen. There are also keyboard shortcuts for these 3 options. Ctrl+Y was assigned to Show All caption tracks, but was then unassigned.


Track Heights.
The height of an individual caption track can be adjusted by placing the cursor over that track IN THE track header area, and Alt+Scroll (forward to increase height and back to decrease). Increasing track height increases font size in the caption segment thumbnail. Zooming in to the timeline increases the number of characters visible. Alt-Scroll affects the track under the cursor when scrolled (not when Alt is pressed).


The height of all caption tracks can be adjusted by placing the cursor over any caption track, and Shift+Scroll. If the track heights are uneven when you start increasing size using Shift+Scroll, they stay uneven. If uneven and reducing, they eventually get to the minimum. Shift-Scroll affects all tracks even though hovering over any one.


The size of the Caption Track area may not adjust when adjusting track height, and the scroll bars may not appear immediately or may disappear. Selecting Hide all caption tracks and then Show all usually corrects this. Assigning Keyboard shortcuts for these actions is useful for just this reason.


Note: There are a number of unassigned Keyboard customizations in the Source Monitor area regarding enabling and showing up to 10 caption streams. These appear to do nothing in the current workflow. I wonder if they are left over from the previous workflow.

 

Stan

 

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