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Hi,

The Adobe help page on working with captions (Learn to work with captions in Premiere Pro ) states that:

'You can export Open Captions as Open Caption formatted SRT and XML files and also convert single stream sidecar and embedded single stream files to Open Caption in Premiere Pro.'

I'm working with Open Captions (in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017.0.1) and whilst I can burn them into the finished film no problem, I can't seen any way to export the open captions as a separate .srt file.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Correct answer by Richard van den Boogaard | Adobe Community Professional

Hi,

To export the captions as a separate SRT file (or various other formats) do this:

Select the file that says Captions in the Project Panel.

Go to the menu File > Export > Captions and select the SubRip file format from the top Dropdown box.

This will not render out the video, but ONLY save the captions file as an SRT.

(It took me a while to figure this out as well)

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Exporting open captions as .srt file

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Hi,

The Adobe help page on working with captions (Learn to work with captions in Premiere Pro ) states that:

'You can export Open Captions as Open Caption formatted SRT and XML files and also convert single stream sidecar and embedded single stream files to Open Caption in Premiere Pro.'

I'm working with Open Captions (in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017.0.1) and whilst I can burn them into the finished film no problem, I can't seen any way to export the open captions as a separate .srt file.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Correct answer by Richard van den Boogaard | Adobe Community Professional

Hi,

To export the captions as a separate SRT file (or various other formats) do this:

Select the file that says Captions in the Project Panel.

Go to the menu File > Export > Captions and select the SubRip file format from the top Dropdown box.

This will not render out the video, but ONLY save the captions file as an SRT.

(It took me a while to figure this out as well)

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I'm asking myself the same exact question :

"You can export Open Captions as Open Caption formatted SRT and XML files and also convert single stream sidecar and embedded single stream files to Open Caption in Premiere Pro."

Thanks, but how ?

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cmd M then in second box on menu : Captions set Create sidecar File and choose srt. and export the bad boy!

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Your going to love me. Here is a workaround on this glitch:

When you are ready to export, select your timeline and SOMETHING else in the Project Window. Then when you export and go to the Captioning window- the export sidecar option will magically work.

Hope this saved you hours of frustration.

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Thanks a lot. Works perfectly!

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Hi! I saw that you tried to export an open caption as a sidecar file and was able to do it with the help of the community in this forum . I tried the same thing that people recommended you and it didn't work. Is there any advice that you can give me? Maybe i'm doing something wrong. Thanks in a advance!

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This works for closed captions- in other words, captions created with a separate captions layer. When that layer is on your timeline above the video and your export is that sequence. I'm recommending selecting that sequence and for instance- a black video clip from the project window and then selecting export.

In your video settings for export, select the caption tab and you should see all options in the drop down menu.

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Thank you very much for the answer! I really made a mistake choosing Open Captions...and now it can't be exported or converted to Closed Captions.

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HI, I'm getting close by following your method, but I'm not getting the sidecar file when I finish exporting. Plus, I have to export the whole video just to see if there's a sidecar at the end, and there isn't.

What kind of format do you choose in your export settings? I understand your instructions about the Captions settings, but I mean the format options at the top. I've tried mp4 and png sequence. I've also tried deactivating the video tracks except the open caption track but still to no avail.

Would it have been easier if I hadn't started with Open Captions? If so, any way to convert?

Thanks!

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Hi,

To export the captions as a separate SRT file (or various other formats) do this:

Select the file that says Captions in the Project Panel.

Go to the menu File > Export > Captions and select the SubRip file format from the top Dropdown box.

This will not render out the video, but ONLY save the captions file as an SRT.

(It took me a while to figure this out as well)

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I'm trying to export a srt file from a subtitle track I created in Premiere. When I try to click "Captions" from the "export" drop down menu, it's grayed out. Any idea why?  I've also tried this:

When you are ready to export, select your timeline and SOMETHING else in the Project Window. Then when you export and gof to the Captioning window- the export sidecar option will magically work.

But I can't find the .srt file once it has been queued/exported. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Thanks, this is the correct answer to export Open Captions layer to .srt file - ridiculously hard to find out how to do this. Thanks again, your answer should be marked as the correct answer in this thread.

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Thanks, but I wasn't answering a question, I was asking one. I tried one person's suggestion (When you are ready to export, select your timeline and SOMETHING else in the Project Window. Then when you export and gof to the Captioning window- the export sidecar option will magically work.) but I couldn't find the .srt file once it exported. In fact it opened up Media Encoder but I couldn't do anything once in that program. Any other advice would be very helpful. Thanks!

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Hi, I believe in the export menu, instead of choosing export media, there's an option  called "Captions". (Files > Export > Captions). Maybe it's not there but somewhere else. That's how I exported the .srt file. (Premiere Pro 2017) Hope it helps.

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Thanks a lot, This a REAL fix for open captions

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Hang on. Epic FAIL.

This export worked first time. Then I adjusted and added more lines to the caption clip, increased the length to a new edit. Now it doesn't export! At all!

It goes through the motions. I press save. No file is saved anymore, nothing. Its a blip, a crushing blow. Gutted.

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I downloaded an mp4 file which has subtitles embedded inside it. I can toggle them on or off in VLC media player. Is there anyway I can export from Adobe Premiere pro cc 2019? File>export>captions option is greyed out. I even created a new sequence from the clip, selected it on editing timeline,  then tried the same option to export the subtitles but it still it's greyed out.

What should I do?

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PR only embeds in mov and mxf. Here is a feature request you can upvote to add other options:

708 Closed Captioning – Adobe video & audio apps

I can't find it now, but someone said you could use Handbrake to embed in mp4.

To embed in MOV or MXF from PR, you use File -> Export -> Media (i.e. Ctrl-M) and set the captions tab to "embed." It does not help you, since mp4 is not included. It also only works if the caption stream is a supported type (e.g. Closed caption, not Open Caption) and it is the right export type.

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Fantastic...that sorted it...thank you

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This is the question I am answering:

'I'm trying to export a srt file from a subtitle track I created in Premiere. When I try to click "Captions" from the "export" drop down menu, it's grayed out. Any idea why?'

 

Here is the answer/solution:

You need to make sure that Toggle Sync Lock icon in the track header of the srt tract in the timeline is toggled. When you do this the  "Captions" option in the "export" drop down menu becomes clickable. 

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Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I tried several times with different file formats and it didn't work. Is there any other workaround that you could think of?

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Thank you! It really did work!

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That is so ridiculous - but thank you so much!

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Thank you love!

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Your going to love me. Here is a workaround on this glitch:

When you are ready to export, select your timeline and SOMETHING else in the Project Window. Then when you export and go to the Captioning window- the export sidecar option will magically work.

Hope this saved you hours of frustration.

Hi Zach,

Thanks for the post, and sorry for the confusion, however, that is not how to export a .srt from an Open Caption. You need to select the caption file in the Project panel, then choose File > Export > Captions. You can export an .srt from the resulting dialog box.

Thanks,
Kevin

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This doesn't work for me. When I go to File>Export, the "Captions" option is greyed out. Is there a way to export Open Captions as an SRT file?

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Hi, i've been using this exact method precisely. Yesterday it was working fine when i tried it for the first time. This morning i add more captions, then export a new srt and now the subtitles don't show up on top of my video when i open it in vlc, even though i activated the srt file. I do not understand why this is happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated !

thanks

Phil

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So you are adding the subtitle file in VLC and then selecting the correct track?

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Yes

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i found a solution.

I exported the .srt file using the default settings, which means i did not change the font, the color and so on...

Then, when i imported it into youtube, i was able to customize the look of the subtitles straight inside the youtube parameters.

It took me ages to find this way around. It is extremely strange  to me that the customization of a subtitle's look in Premiere makes it impossible to import it inside vlc (the font which was yellow appeared pink in vlc, many users have talked about this issue on forums)

without having issues. I contacted vimeo about this, i am waiting for there reply.

Anyway, the video will be posted on youtube so i'm fine.

take care

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hey, I had the same problem these days.

I imported a .srt file as open captions, I had to edit the content a lot, adding/deleting/formating the lines of subtitle.

In order to export a new .srt from adobe CC, I made a subsequence ( right click on the captions track from my timeline- new subsequence), then the option from FILE- EXPORT- CAPTIONS became available again.

maybe this is helpful for some of you.

In VLC was a slightly delay (less than 2 seconds), but I could adjust it quite easily in subtitle edit. I don’t know what causes the delay, but at least the export works with this unintuitive solution.

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Thanks for reporting your workaround.

noodlebone  wrote

then the option from FILE- EXPORT- CAPTIONS became available again.

So after creating the subsequence, you select the .srt in the project panel, and then File -> Export -> Captions?

I haven't any situation where simply selecting the .srt in the project panel does not activate the File -> Export -> Captions. Any idea what results in it being greyed out?

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Well, if I add the captions track in my timeline and I make further cuts on my edit, I get to the situation where I’m not able to export the captions as .srt using FILE- EXPORT-CAPTIONS (it’s greyed out). I don’t get it why. It’s the only way I could manage to export the new .srt file.

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For some users, it was as simple as selecting the caption file in the project panel. That's why I'm asking how specifically you are doing that step.

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Hello there, Stan Jones​.

Right now I do not need to use the workaround, but some updates ago the simple act of selecting a Sequence or a Caption File on the Project Panel and jumping to File-->Export would not give me the option to export the caption. This specific issue has been corrected in my experience.

The Caption Tool is still a mess. Complete with bugs and things that just do not work correctly. CEA-708, for instance, doesn't play or export correctly when set to POP-UP, formatting is still amazingly cumbersome and the lack of proper instructions on how the tool works leaves us discovering things on the go and blindly. Apparently all the functionalities are there, but key things continue to fail where they should not.

Sorry for the rant. my plan was just to make things clearer. 🙂

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Rants allowed!

There have been fixes and changes, and it can make working with captions (still) tedious at best. And unusable for some workflows at worst.

I'm trying to keep track of what issues are problems in which version. That is not always clear.

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I love you! (hey! just for this 🙂

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THAAAANK YOUUU!!!!!!!!! That worked!

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Can you explain this? I'm not quite sure what to select.

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How to export essential graphics as SRT files

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For Mac I've created premiereTitles for SRT (and others) to Graphics&Type and vice versa.

Demo:

http://www-spherico.com/filmtools/TitleExchange/PTI/pti.dmg

 

Andreas

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