Convert transcript or srt to essential graphics

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May 07, 2020

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So currently for my videos I use essential graphics as subtitles (these are often dynamic and move around with characters and such). Just transcribing all the audio to text is laborous and time consuming and I would like to pay for a transcribing service, but these services will just provide me with a srt/scc/ttml/txt file. Would it be possible to take this text file and import it into adobe premiere essential graphics? I understand I would still have to animate and do all that with the essential graphics, but simply skipping the transcribing process would save a huge amount of time.

 

What I am doing can not be done with adobe premiere's captions feature, this would have to be done with essential graphics. So is this possible?

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Closed Captions are a specific type of asset with the ability for down-line playback to select or not to display the caption.

 

Nothing from the EGP can include such interactive capability.

 

So if you are needing closed captions (a requirement for broadcast in many areas) you cannot do that with EGP graphics.

 

If you are talking about 'open captions' that are burned into the video file rather than included as an asset in the file ... then you could use the EGP to create them. However ... it doesn't have any in-built capability to handle large chunks of text except for instance as screen crawls for end credits. I don't know of any way to have it automatically separate a single massive text entry into different text boxes over time.

 

That would still need to be done with a Captions workflow. You could add graphics to the time point of specific text blocks to give arrows, highlights, surrounding-boxes, that sort of thing.

 

Neil

 

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Neil, I think he is just talking about regular animated text as "subtitles," not closed captions or the sort of export needed for "captioning." (Boy, does subtitle/caption labeling cause confusion.)

 

PR does not have a function for getting text files of whatever type (srt, plain text, Word documents etc) into graphics text. The scripts I have seen for this are in After Effects.

 

Here is a free plugin that uses a paid service for the transciption:

https://digitalanarchy.com/demos/SRT-importer.html

 

And here's another script:

http://scientificswede.blogspot.com/2012/07/importing-srt-subtitles-in-after-effects.html

 

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This is the sort of effect I am doing in my videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzNRibPBL3o

This is not my video but the intro gives you an idea of what I mean, with the text floating over someone's head and following them.

 

I've tried the caption importer on PR and you actually can move the text around but it is severely limited on fonts and customization to the point that it isn't a real option. I tried your AE plugin and I'm still having issues with fonts. For example in PR I have my leading set to -23 but in AE I can not set it below 0. Also, this would be astronomically easier for me to do the keyframing in PR with essential graphics compared to doing it all in AE. Assuming that is not possible and that I can somehow get around this negative leading issue, Would I be able to import just the text (IE transparent other than the text) to premiere to then be keyframed there? I very rarely use AE so I'm not sure what is and is not possible between the two.

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The PR Captioning tool is not what you want here. Use regular graphics text and animate its position.

 

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Stan,

 

I expected so ... but thought some clarity in the thread might be useful, captions being so oft misunderstood.

 

And the info about the Ae plugins and script are excellent suggestions! So much more automation and specialization is built into Ae.

 

Neil

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I have heard that this is a major ask for content creators because it really boosts their videos on YouTube to have such things. Currently, they have services which provide these custom srts for a small fee.

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I think everyone is misunderstanding the simplicity of the OP's ask, or if I may ask for myself what I am trying to do (which i think is the same):

 

Take those .srt/scc/ttml/txt files (I am using a service called Trint.com - they allow srt, vtt, txt, stl, edl, html, xml, csv, docx,). How can we take this file and simply convert it to the Essential graphics text. And yes, this is for "burn-in" or maybe called "open captions". these do not need to reference the timecode after the video is complete. This is for upload to social media/select clients and we are choosing to marry/burn the graphics text onto the image. With that said, we usually do this by having a layer of Essential Graphics in adove premiere (which you can animate with keyframes, format and do whatever you want with it). Don't worry about what we do with it, just think simplyh it is a layer that sits above the video and you can cut at each spoken line. When building from scratch, we simply stretch the layer out for the whole duration and make cuts for each line. What we want to do is take a captions file (like all the ones mentioned above, ie. SRT), and upload import it into premiere so that it appears as a single layer of essential graphics INCLUDING each splice/cut which separates one spoken line from the next. Is there ANY way to do this? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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They are changing the captions process in the public beta, including making a captions track at the top of the timeline panel. I would suggest that you go to the Beta section of your Creative Cloud desktop app, download/install the Premiere Beta, and see what that can do.

 

They're just starting with it, so it is somewhat limited. And also ... by clicking the icon in the far upper right of the public beta apps, you go to the appropriate public beta forum, and that is monitored by the engineering team. There are a couple threads there on captions.

 

Here's the main discussion thread, started by co-product manager Francis Crossman ...

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-beta/discuss-new-captions-workflow-in-premiere-pro/td-p/...

 

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http://spherico.com/filmtools/index.html

Hi program PremiereTitles does this. I use it for our videos on YouTube. 

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My post above is still the current state of affairs for the function you want: import .srt (or similar) to Graphics text.

 

That is what the AE script does.

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/convert-transcript-or-srt-to-essential-graphics/m-p/1111...

 

The new captioning process, as described by Neil, will be a huge step forward. The Beta captioning is very early and not ready for real work. 

 

BUT it will import .srt (not sure what other caption formats) AND the captions are available as Graphics text. That is HUGE.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2fs8Q0hlgU

 

The program shown here does exactly what I was describing (converting SRT to titles/essential graphics in Premiere), but unfortunately it is only for Mac and I use Windows but this may help someone else who does use Mac.

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I figured it out!  Here I made this video, I'm bad at doing it in text.  https://youtu.be/pWRLDcrOhIA

I cover on stream how to convert premiere captions to essential graphics so you can apply your own effects to your captioning!Conversion software: https://ww...

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Thanks for posting that. It's great that they're finally updating their Captions/Subtitles process. And we all hope they do get issues like why your workarounds are currently necessary sorted out too.

 

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openclosed,

Your idea is welcomed. My video does not show how to convert srt/scc files to Essential Graphics but it does demonstrate how to place the Essential Graphics into bins/folders for better organization. 

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Andy's point about being able to search for Master Graphics in the bins is a good one. You have to search by name or keyword in the EGP and Library, unfortunately those panels don't allow searching by usage. Which is often needed.

 

Especially with Master Graphics, because they do have a strength that is also a pain at times ... they are a "Master" item.

 

In Adobe speak, that means ... any change done to a Master Graphic is then rippled immediately to ALL other uses of that graphic.

 

So ... change anything, font, font size, alignment, color, the text itself ... and all other uses of that clip change immediately also. Which may not be what you want. As far as I can find, you can't even duplicate them and change something to save as a new MG. Once an MG, they can't be re-saved as a different MG.

 

So if you do ever change an MG ... it's good to know and check for where you've used it, to make sure it still works there.

 

And this one of the many frustrating things about graphics in Premiere Pro. Along with we need a basic shapes palette, like the Legacy had, and a way to create/save our own shapes.

 

Sigh.

 

Neil

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