UPDATE: January 29, 2021
Since the innitial post back in October of last year we have made a ton of progress and some of the details originally posted here are no longer acurate. I have updated the post to be more accurate to the state of things today.
Here are some important changes to be aware of
Thanks to everyone for testing and for all your awesome feedback! - Francis
The captioning workflow in Premiere Pro is getting a complete makeover and you can be the first to try it out! We have a new text panel for editing and viewing your captions as text. Captions now have their own track on the timeline so they can be edited just like video. Styling uses the power of the Essential Graphics panel so you can make fantastic looking captions.
Best of all – we will be adding speech to text and auto captions powered by Adobe Sensei – coming later.
Some important things to know before you start testing this feature
So, if you’re good with all that, read on . . .
Enabling the Feature:
Download this sample project to follow along PR New Captions Workflow quickstart.zip
Play around with visual styles in the Essential Graphics panel and try editing the text in the Text panel. Read on for more detailed info on the various pieces of the workflow.
The Text Panel
Open the Text panel from the Window menu. This is where you interact with text and it has two tabs – Transcript and Captions
The Caption track - working with captions in the Sequence
We have completely reimagined the way captions work in Premiere Pro. If you have used captions previously in Premiere Pro, this is totally different – much better we think. Please tell us what YOU think by leaving a public comment below.
Create and delete caption tracks
There are a few ways to create a new caption track. You can drag an SRT file onto the Sequence or use the “Create new captions track” button in the Captions tab of the Text panel. To delete a caption track, right-click on the caption track header and choose “delete track”
Drag an SRT file on the sequence
Dragging an SRT caption file onto the Sequence will automatically create a new caption track at the top of the Timeline.
To see all the keyboard shortcuts available for captions, open the keyboard shortcuts menu from the Premiere Pro menu and search for "caption". Here are some notable ones. There are many other which do not have default assignments.
This can hide the caption track area or solo just the active caption track if you have more than one. It is useful if you want to declutter your timeline. It does not turn off the active caption track from rendering in the program monitor, however.
This will enable/disable Program Monitor viewing of the Caption track selected. Only one Caption track can be active at a time, so when you make one track active, the other tracks will automatically be disabled. You can also choose to disable all Caption tracks. Inactive Caption tracks will dim making it easier to note your active Caption track.
By default, this will show the caption track format (eg Subtitles, CEA-708, CEA-608, etc.) You can right-click the Caption track header and choose Rename to choose a custom name (same functionality as A/V tracks)
Additional caption tracks can be added by right-clicking in the caption track header – choose “Add Track”. You can also delete or rename a caption track in the same way.
Caption tracks will always be at the top of the sequence. Additional caption tracks are added on top. This will continue until you have reached 25% of the Timeline vertical space, then the tracks will stop “growing” and scroll bars will appear to the right. Caption tracks will never take up more than 25% of the upper space of the Timeline. This is dynamic, so if you increase or decrease the Timeline panel height, the 25% will adjust accordingly.
Lock the track to prevent editing. This functions the same as A/V tracks.
The Caption track header has a ‘Toggle the track targeting for this track’ button with same functionality as A/V tracks.
The Caption track header has a ‘Toggle Sync Lock’ button with same functionality as A/V tracks.
Editing timing of caption items on the track
You can use all the familiar editing tools that you are used just like editing video and audio.
Styling with the Essential Graphics panel
Open the Essential Graphics panel from the Window menu. This is where you choose things like font, size, color and position. Make sure you have at least one caption selected. This will activate the Edit tab of the Essential Graphics panel. If you have created and stylized text in Premiere Pro before, the following should be very familiar to you. However, for captions we are adding small enhancements such as zones, and vertical text alignment.
Align and Transform
Transcribing the dialog into captions
You have three options for transcribing your audio and creating captions: speech to text, use a third-party service, or do it by hand.
Speech to text
Use a third-party service
If you already have a workflow that uses a third party transcription service, you can bring in that file. SRT is the best option.
Do it by hand
For short sequences, doing it by hand may not too much trouble.
Exporting your sequence with captions
There are three options for exporting captions: burned in, sidecar file, or embedded into the video file.
Happy captioning! Once again, we welcome your feedback. Please leave comments below.
Thanks Huckstero and Johan, we have just scoped out work for a keyboard-driven approach to this workflow. There won't be additional UI like this added, but there will be a keyboard shortcut to drop a caption block at the playhead that automatically sets you in a text-entry mode to type out the caption. Stay tuned! Hope to get your feedback once it is available.
Please multi-thread the caption import process and add a preference to Prelude to disable caption import.
V 13.8.31 Wow; lots of little fixes regularly. I played around a bit back in 14.7, and I see so many differences already. But it is hard to sort out this thread, since many functions missing earlier are already added and bugs are fixed. A good problem to have. Congratulations to the team for taking on this task and making good progress so far. Captions are used for many purposes and come in an amazing array of flavors.
I note that editing caption text in the Program Monitor is added. Functionality seems okay. At first, I did not like that clicking in the caption block did not activate the text tool, and takes a double click. But this is the same behavior as the regular graphics text box. Keystroke selection works (e.g. Ctrl-Shift-Arrow selects words), and Right-Click copy/paste/cut work as expected.
In the caption Text Panel, the selection keystrokes work. But Ctrl-C and Right-click copy do not work, and, while Ctrl-X removes text, it does not copy it. I thought Ctrl-V and Right-click paste did not work, but they do if there is a good copy operation (e.g. a copy operation from a regular graphics text box or, outside PR, from copy from notepad).
Re comment above about Hard Breaks adding an odd character box, I do not see this problem.
Thanks, Stan. Appreciate all your time on the forums. Cheers.
Thanks, Nate. Sorry I've been busy and slow to get onto the Beta changes!
For some reason in the current Beta (14.8.0 Build #32[R]) I'm having difficulty adding captions. I have a play script from which I'm copying, and double-clicking with the prior version opened the box and it was easy to add the new caption. This version it takes numerous times double-clicking to get the gray box to turn black which is the sign it's ready for text to be added.
Additionally, this annoying object (at red arrows):
seems to like to interpose when I do any editing whatever to the text I've copied in.
The only way to remove it is to get in front of it and press <Backspace>; <delete> doesn't have its usual effect. It only seems to occur when editing in the Text|Captions window, not in the Program Monitor (I note that this wasn't previously possible and apparently now is because I'm doing it...)
That one is an annoyance but the lack of ease of getting the Caption box in the Captions window ready to edit is doubly so. Please if anyone knows a way to work around this let me know or PLEASE fix it, this wasn't a problem with the prior beta version.
Thank you for the feedback on the latest version. This "flickering" when trying to edit is a bug which will be fixed in tomorrows beta build. Please let us know if you still see that issue after the next update.
Are you working on Windows or on a Mac? We are currently adressing multiple input related issues specifically on windows.
I just downloaded the latest Beta build which is 34[R]. I am now COMPLETELY unable to enter text into the Captions|Text window. Double-clicking just brings up a flicker and return to the unenterable state. Which begs the question why IS there an unenterable state? Why is that box not simply open to typing or pasting without doing a double-click (better yet...a keyboard shortcut!)
The only workaround available at the moment seems to be copying the last caption on the timeline and pasting, then editing in the Program Monitor. Otherwise, no text is getting added to the project.
While I'm at it...thanks for making SRT export available. How about making it available from the Edit|Export menu so that when the Captions window is active Captions livens up as an export option? Then we could export JUST the captions without having to set up an entire project, and turn off the Captions window to avoid doing a burn-in?
Thanks for considering...
I forgot to answer an important question: I'm in Windows 10 Pro, updated to 20H2, the latest. My self-built machine has an i9 processor, 64G RAM. OS and programs are on an M.2 drive. This does appear to be the "tomorrow" build you promised. It is WORSE than the last one (32[R])- at least with it, I could eventually get the box to respond EVENTUALLY. This one AT NO TIME allows entry of text. Some improvement. I'm very disappointed and frustrated. I expected better from your post.
'Tomorrow's build' will be 035. Sorry for any confusion.
Very good news; to quote Scarlett O'Hara (GONE WITH THE WIND): "Tomorrow is another day!"
I guess the promise of 035 "tomorrow" was a bit optimistic (since I'm writing on 12/14 and the "tomorrow" fix to these entry difficulties was indicated on 12/10...) While I have found ways to work around the caption-entry issues in Windows, this version can't come too soon; OTOH delayed is better than release before it's ready...
I am very sorry - what i meant to say was that the problem is already fixed in the next internal build. As you noticed these builds dont get posted to the beta program every day depending on our internal certification process. So the next build that passes these checks will also include the fix for the flickering caption input.
First of all...no need for an apology! Second: This morning, Version 14.9 Build 6[R] arrived this morning, and it solved absolutely the "flickering" issue.
The only remaining issues that affect my own work are:
I really appreciate the work that's gone into this. It will likely be found to be the #1 way to create and use captions in the industry, far more convenient than so many. If the Transcript section is robust it will cement this and likely make Premiere Pro the go-to captioning program.
Then we could export JUST the captions without having to set up an entire project, and turn off the Captions window to avoid doing a burn-in?
Thanks for considering...
Didn't mean Captions WINDOW - translate that to Captions TRACK. Turn THAT off to avoid burning in captions after SRT export. Sorry for the confusion...
+1 for Captions only export
I note that when creating a sub-sequence the captions do NOT follow. This should be an easy fix and should happen! I needed to make a clip demoing the new captions - I had to do it directly from the timeline and thus couldn't engineer in a dissolve in or out...would have to import and re-export the clip, not the best practice. Thanks...
Thanks for all the feedback! Unfortunately, we don't have subsequence working yet for captions. It is under investigation, but I can't give an ETA.
Someone else had applied, but I didn't get a reply to that comment, so I have a request.
I would like you to add support for importing/exporting WebVTT (.vtt) caption files.
Recently, we have been streaming video to the Web, and WebVTT conversion has become a bottleneck for us.
Will it be possible to (automatically) group media and (ebu stl-)captions (so they can be used in de source monitor)? In our news department we make several updates from the same story, and re-using the already translated captions would be an enourmous timesaver. Also, our captions are being archived, so if you later use 20" from a 50' show, you don't have to manually isolate the right piece of a captions track, or manually recreate them.
Alternatively, import and overlay captions on source window would be convenient.
Possibility to turn captions track on/off in source window.
Thanks for all the effort, the new captions workflow is far more convenient and robust than the old one. Can't wait to start using it at VRT.
Thanks for the feedback, Johan! We're currenly developing the source monitor workflow, and for video files that contain embedded captions that are loaded into the source monitor, the wrench menu will contain options for switching between caption streams in the file, or turning them off all together. When that embedded caption video file is added to the timeline, all of the caption blocks will be linked to the video and move in sync with it. Would that address the needs you are asking for, or is there additional functionality we could include that I am missing?
Thank you for the improvements with the caption track.
However I am quite confused about the use of styles. In our organization our users need to have the same style available as a default every time they create a caption track - or at least available with one click.
But as I see it in the beta, the styles are only saved as a part of a project. And when you open a new project, your saved styles are gone, and you are back to zero regarding fonts, letter sizes and all that. Or have I missed something?
In the old Caption window you could load styles that were present in the users "Captions Presets" folder in Finder.
What is the best way of saving styles for use in all projects?
Thanks for the feedback. Loading styles from libraries is on the team's backlog but I don't have an ETA. Styles can be saved and loaded as files from the disk - so even now you will be able to share styles and import them into a new project. Hope that helps!
Thanks for the info about loading styles. However, no matter how much I look for it, I can't find the way to load and save files from disk in the beta like you describe it.
Can you please enlighten me?
If a user has no way of loading styles in an easy way, I am afraid that we won't be using this caption workflow 😞
To me, and my crazy brain, it makes sense to be able to tab from one caption entry to another as to be able to flow quickly with making multiple edits. This would function the same using shift+tab, but with moving backwards in the list. Is this something that makes sense to others, and if so, how likely is it that such functionality might be implemented?