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Imported YouTube Captions doubling

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For years I have done a trick to help with captioning my videos. I would upload the video to YouTube, then download the SRT file, re-upload the SRT file into Premiere, then just fix grammar mistakes. Bam! Perfectly-timed captions.

 

But lately, the SRT files have been appearing with sentences "doubled up". The SRT looks normal in Notepad, so it appears to be a Premiere issue. Does anyone know a way to fix this, or another easy method for captions like this?

 

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Imported YouTube Captions doubling

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For years I have done a trick to help with captioning my videos. I would upload the video to YouTube, then download the SRT file, re-upload the SRT file into Premiere, then just fix grammar mistakes. Bam! Perfectly-timed captions.

 

But lately, the SRT files have been appearing with sentences "doubled up". The SRT looks normal in Notepad, so it appears to be a Premiere issue. Does anyone know a way to fix this, or another easy method for captions like this?

 

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YouTube is using a 2-line rolling rather than "popon" caption style. So it exports 2 lines of caption per timing. It may look right at first in a text editor, until you realize that the timing for one line overlaps the timing of the next. So PR sees it as overlapping and combines the captions.


The simplest method I found for fixing this was to open the srt in Subtitle Edit (free) and use its function for "fix common errors" to retime to single lines. Be sure "fix overlapping times" is checked. And after running the selection, click "apply." Then import that into PR.

 

At least one user reported problems with time sync, so check your results. His solution was also good for Mac: mask out one of the two lines.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/duplicate-text-in-captions-imported-from-srt-file/m-p/99...

 

Stan

 

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Thanks. I also figured out another solution - the 2-line rolling only occurs in YouTube's auto-generated captions. If you edit the captions in YouTube (even if you just open the editor and immediately save it), it saves it as another caption file. Downloading this SRT file works fine and does not have the error.

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