Open captions text not centre aligned with background

Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2018

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Just trying to do some simple open captions (white text with black background) and the text is not in the centre of the background box, which looks pretty bad. Can't seem to change it as all controls change the text and background as one. There's got to be a simple solution...? Any help much appreciated.open_captions.jpeg

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Stan Jones Adobe Community Professional , Oct 17, 2018
Known issue and no fix yet. I know of no workaround. I reduce the opacity of the background box - sometimes all the way off.Problem if burning in; If your exporting srt, it won't matter.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 17, 2018

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Known issue and no fix yet. I know of no workaround. I reduce the opacity of the background box - sometimes all the way off.

Problem if burning in; If your exporting srt, it won't matter.

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New Here ,
Dec 01, 2020

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Always use the Roboto font as Adobe should default to this font across MAC and PC for the next update

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 17, 2018

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Hi fionaf,

Sorry to hear that you are facing the alignment issue with Open Captions in Adobe Premiere Pro.

This is a known issue and we are working on it. My apologies, I don't have a workaround or a helpful response.

I would advocate on your behalf.

Thanks,

Shivangi

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2019

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Any idea when this will be resolved? 8 months after you acknowledged this is a known issue, and I'm still experiencing this flaw. It looks so unprofessional and is very, very poor from Adobe.

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2019

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This is a workaround that worked for me. It seems to be a font-face related issue. I tried many different fonts until I came across a couple that worked. Futura and Open Sans. There are probably others but I stopped looking. You just have to try them out for yourself. Hope this helps.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 21, 2019

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Thanks for this, good to know. Still crap that we can't use any font we like.

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New Here ,
Dec 01, 2020

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Roboto is the best universal font now across all Adobe software for most default content including captions. Its the new helvetica/arial for me

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2019

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It's October 16th, 2019 - One year later - still not fixed to work with Arial and many more Fonts! When can we expect a solution?

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New Here ,
Apr 14, 2020

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This issue was reported 2 years ago and still nothing has been done. In this day and age where everything on social media is captioned you would think we would have a solution by now unless i'm missing something.

 

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2019

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Seriously guys — please can this be fixed, spent ages looking for the right front and now this box doesn't want to center..... it's 2019, please fix this.

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2019

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12 months on and still not fixed!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 19, 2019

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Actually....

I had not looked at this closely enough in recent versions. PR Version 13.1.3 (we are now on 13.1.5 as of yesterday or the day before) had several Caption changes. Two of them were:

- Added control line height control in caption preferences
- Handle the line spacing correctly for free positioned lines

I don't know what the second one does. But the first improves the problem here. A previous update provided the ability to set line height on import. Now there is a line height setting to the right of the Edge setting.

Give it a try.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2019

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Hi Stan - where are these settings in the program? I have updated to 13.5 but can't find them anywhere. Very annoying issues! Thanks in advance!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 01, 2019

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Patrick_de, that was confusing. They call it "line height," but the name in the Caption Panel is "Line Spacing." It is to the right of "Edge." It is available only for Open Captions.

You can set it from 0 to 100. In my test just now, I was getting odd results with captions set to upper right, and perhaps others. 0 sets the text right at the bottom of the background block; 100 makes the background block taller and sets the text just under the middle. This may vary by font; I tested only Arial.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 16, 2019

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simonweber203, see my responses Sept 19 and Oct 1 at the bottom of this thread. There have been improvements in this issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 16, 2019

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Yep, it's still doing this for most fonts even after the latest update. 

 

The workaround is just to set up your captions and apply a "crop" effect to the caption layer and crop down the extra space at the top of the background. 

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New Here ,
Oct 29, 2020

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2 years later and it's still not fixed. Yours is the only actual solution here and it's unfortunate that it hasn't been spotlighted yet.

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2020

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is there a fix for this?  It's driving me crazy

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New Here ,
May 20, 2020

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following this thread since i also have this issue and waiting on resolution

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 20, 2020

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I just tested in the 2020.2.0 mersion released yesterday. As expected (bug fixes did not mention this one), I see no improvement from the change to "Line Spacing" from 2019.1.3. That did improve the problem shown in the  screen in the original post of this thread.

 

Stan

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New Here ,
Jun 11, 2020

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can we please FIX THIS!?!!!!!!!!!! I've never had such difficulty with LETTERS

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New Here ,
Jun 28, 2020

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Hey guys, it seems there still isn't a workaround, but I have found a font that miraculously centers the text, for some reason. The font is called Microsoft Yahei, and it's an okay looking, pretty standard font. Still annoying you can't choose your own font but I think this works well enough. DJI_0338.00_01_53_13.Still001.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 29, 2020

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Thanks for that information.

 

This is an older thread, and the correct answer is not current. Be sure to see the update in this post earlier in this thread:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/open-captions-text-not-centre-aligned-with-background/m-...

 

This font does center the text vertically in the background box. But when adding any edge, even "1," it goes back to the bottom of the box. It is improved by setting Line Spacing to 100 (instead of the default 50).  

 

I wonder what the difference in this font is that it centers!

 

Stan

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020

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In case you only need burned-in captions, I suggest you to google for SRT-importer scripts for After Effects. In After Effects you have all the stlying possibilities you want. Works like a charm for me!

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