Saving caption / subtitle "style" for use in other projects?

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I feel like I must be missing something incredibly obvious.

My basic understanding of the new captioning system in 15.0 is that when you click "Create new caption track" in the Text pane, you should then be able to select a saved "Style" within the "New caption track" settings window that opens.  

 

The only option I have under "Style" is "none".  So I select "none", then get the captions looking exactly as I want in the Essential Graphics pane, then under "Track Style" I select "Create Style," give it a name, and there it is.

 

But then with a new project I don't see any way to select that style I already created.  The only option under "style" when creating a caption track is once again "none".  

 

Is there a way to import a saved style to use in all projects?

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Well, I've discovered I can export the style "clip" that appears in the Project pane after saving a style in the essential graphics pane.  When that is exported to a specified location on my machine, I can then open a new project and import that same "clip" (the .prtextstyle file) into the project pane.  Then the style is recognized as a valid option when creating a new caption track. Surely this can't be the way it's supposed to work.  Why wouldn't Premiere be able to save that same .prtextstyl...

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Well, I've discovered I can export the style "clip" that appears in the Project pane after saving a style in the essential graphics pane.  When that is exported to a specified location on my machine, I can then open a new project and import that same "clip" (the .prtextstyle file) into the project pane.  Then the style is recognized as a valid option when creating a new caption track.

 

Surely this can't be the way it's supposed to work.  Why wouldn't Premiere be able to save that same .prtextstyle file itself when it's created, and make it available across all projects?

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Lol. You are catching on fast. Absolutely, that is the way we'd all like it. Since it is working correctly, as far as it goes, it isn't a bug. It's a ...

 

Feature Request. In this case, I do not see one. I filed it.

https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/43002642-caption-track-styl...

 

Stan

 

 

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Each project is its own thing. Metadata for that project stored within it, except for some Preferences and Presets which PrPro will store elsewhere. And in this case, they don't have it set to record captions styles as presets elsewhere yet.

 

Stan's UserVoice request is spot-on. And the way we can show the need for this change.

 

Neil

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Insanity.  

 

It really is stunning that countless hours can go into revamping captions, yet none of the developers said, "Wait a minute, these new styles should function like presets."

 

But then, these are the same developers who said, "From this day forward caption backgrounds can only be a rectangle as long as the longest line of captions.  If you want your company's new content to match existing content created with Premiere...too bad.  Change your brand's visual identity rules or change editing software."

 

Sorry.  Needing to vent.  I've basically worked salary-free for Adobe for the past two weeks documenting bugs (or what turn out to be thoughtless oversights), and it's so frustrating to contemplate the short-sighted decisions they make.

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Watching this evolve through the public Beta was an education in itself. My belief is that the first priority was to get Track styles implemented. They had an option for saving and sharing (from disk file), and planned to move toward a library option. That just didn't happen before the release.

 

Reworking the caption workflow is a huge project. But I believe they want every bit of feedback to prioritize next steps.

 

Stan

 

 

 

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Hey, we've all vented at times! Feel free, we'll not only listen but will sympathize. I've certainly posted some rants here that dwarf yours!

 

That said I do agree with Stan. They thought this was enough of an improvement over their (to me and many others) abysmal previous captions process they went ahead and shipped what they had up and running at this time.

 

And they knew full well there were many changes they were going to need to make. Many of them as soon as they could get them instituted in safely working code.

 

And it seems they figured that the easiest way to find out what changes were needed was by getting this out and then checking their UserVoice system for what users were asking for or complaining about. That's the system that Adobe corporate set up to get the metrics to their M&E ... marketing & experience ... people. Those folks are on the upper-management 'chain' above the individual programs, and oversee budgets & planning for the programs.

 

It's an odd way to work for many of us users, but ... it's their way. I've already been "over there" for upvoting a fair number of requests concerning captions.

 

Neil

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