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How to move all captions at once?

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Sep 09, 2018

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I have a problem with closed captions which should be really simple to fix but I can't find any solution.

I have a 45-minute film with all the captions ready in the timeline (closed captions CEA-708). The client now wants a part of the film extended. This of course, will make the captions from that point onwards out of sync. It appears there is no way of simply grabbing all the captions and moving them at once to re-sync them. I could cut the sequence and move that, but then surely that will mess up the srt. file as it will be in two or three different bits? The only possible solution I can see is to manually move all of the captions one by one, which, on a 45-minute programme, is a painstakingly long task and will probably take a whole day, time which I don't have.

Is there an easy way to move captions all at once?

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Correct answer by Stan Jones | Adobe Community Professional

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Re: How to insert caption item / move multiple caption items?

"If you hold cmd/control while dragging out the end of a caption it ripple shifts all the captions after it. So you can do this for the size space you need then bring the one caption back down to size and insert the new captions in the space."

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How to move all captions at once?

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I have a problem with closed captions which should be really simple to fix but I can't find any solution.

I have a 45-minute film with all the captions ready in the timeline (closed captions CEA-708). The client now wants a part of the film extended. This of course, will make the captions from that point onwards out of sync. It appears there is no way of simply grabbing all the captions and moving them at once to re-sync them. I could cut the sequence and move that, but then surely that will mess up the srt. file as it will be in two or three different bits? The only possible solution I can see is to manually move all of the captions one by one, which, on a 45-minute programme, is a painstakingly long task and will probably take a whole day, time which I don't have.

Is there an easy way to move captions all at once?

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Correct answer by Stan Jones | Adobe Community Professional

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Re: How to insert caption item / move multiple caption items?

"If you hold cmd/control while dragging out the end of a caption it ripple shifts all the captions after it. So you can do this for the size space you need then bring the one caption back down to size and insert the new captions in the space."

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Duplicate your sequence in your timeline to preserve the original, and try cutting the captions sequence in the timeline as you proposed to see if that will work. This will be a temporary fix, but I imagine, if you want to export the closed captions as a one captioning file there will be issues - as you will have two separate closed captioning files.

Another option that might save time in the future is to wait until client gives you 100% locked picture then add captions using Transcriptive, which is a plugin for Premiere Pro that will auto transcribe the dialogue and then enable you to export it as a .srt to place in your video. Check out transcriptive here: How to Auto-Transcribe a Video in Premiere Pro CC (Part 1) - YouTube

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As you suspect, any option that uses multiple caption streams in PR will result in being unable to export a single .srt.

I just tested a method that might work: select multiple captions in the timeline stream and drag, but this does not work.

Your best option is to export the .srt, edit in something like Subtitle Edit and add the space you want, then import to PR.

If your goal is a .srt, you might even consider just doing the caption work outside PR.

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Another quick test.

Duplicate stream, paste later in project, move onto same video track as original. Edit captions. Export as mxf op1 (to allow an embed), and the embed combined 2 separate streams on one video track. I just clicked "import to project," and voila.

Also, using the Export media from the sequence (rather than export caption stream from the project bin), the exported sidecar combines the files.

I can't guarantee this works, but it looks promising.

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whats the shortcut for windows?

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Ctrl drag for windows; cmd drag for mac.

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Even better - just saw this post from :

 

Re: How to insert caption item / move multiple caption items?

"If you hold cmd/control while dragging out the end of a caption it ripple shifts all the captions after it. So you can do this for the size space you need then bring the one caption back down to size and insert the new captions in the space."

My quick test looks good! Give this a try. Note that his following post warns about instabilty. Save often...

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ahh what a shame, finally the captions can be made to look o.k., but make one edit in your timeline and you have a timing mess!!! it's possible to select more subtitles, but then you can't drag them, what a pain......

why not make it possible to cut the caption track, just like any other video, and then be able to combine them together again, with the timing points of the sequence/timeline? that should be quite easy to program.

so either multi-select and drag ("rubber band" please, not select each individually with mouse), or cut the track as desired and then weld/combine again with good timing. that would be superb and make this a very good subtitle editing tool too.

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Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

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Really not helpful without seeing the cursor. Why does the caption sequence have to be shorten all the way to that one caption he's extending?

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Can anyone please explain what's happening in this video about editing captions?

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It's a tip for moving all the captions at once - but it only works to move them forward. Can't move all the captions backwards just yet.

I wouldn't call that video the best example, it's easier than it looks, no need to reduce the subtitle layer like in the video.

 

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See this post elsewhere in this thread: you can move them backwards...

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/how-to-move-all-captions-at-once/m-p/11163048#M273792

 

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