Adding open captions at current playhead position

Explorer ,
May 23, 2018

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I am creating open captions in a rather long (2hr45min) movie for my EFL students. Whenever I add a caption using the + icon in the caption panel, the new caption "in" timestamp defaults to the "out" timestamp of the previous caption. Since there are many periods of silence between spoken lines in this movie, I'd rather that the new caption "in" defaults to the timestamp of the playhead. In other words, as I play the video, I stop the playback just before the character speaks, and then click "+". But then I have to copy the current timestamp and paste it into the "in" for the caption. Then I have to go back and play the video to the end of that line, pause, copy the timestamp, and paste it into the "out" for the caption. That becomes quite cumbersome for such a long movie. (It's taken me 2 hours to caption 15 minutes.) Is there any way of making this process more efficient?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

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New Here ,
Aug 01, 2018

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If you haven´t already found the answer...right click on the captions layer where you want to insert the caption and choose "add caption" from the context menu. It doesn´t place it at the playhead, but it´s way easier than dragging/copying it from the position of the previous caption.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 24, 2020

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"add caption" isn't an option in the context menu in CC 2020 (14.0)

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New Here ,
Dec 30, 2020

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It is, if you right-click the lower half of the caption track.

 

Martijn

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 25, 2020

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It is odd. Left click a second time on the caption track. Then try the right click again. I cannot get it to be consistent. Sometimes I get the full context menu, and sometimes the caption options.

 

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Dec 30, 2020

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If you right-click the upper-half of the caption track, you get the full menu. Clicking the lower half will bring you to the caption options.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2020

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Martijn, thanks for revealing the secret behavior! I thought I tried that, but obviously not....

 

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