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.
Sorry, I do not have an ETA, but the feature request is stil open and I see you added your comments to UserVoice. Thank you.
Do you have any timeline as to when you can add MPEG2 output with embedded captions??
Thank you very much!
We have been exporting video with the Mpeg-2 codec and embedded captions from premiere for years for our television broadcasts at our station. We have used Snell, Miranda ITX/Grass Valley playout servers just fine with files from premiere. XDCAM in MXF container is 50Mbit Mpeg2 video and a standard in the television industry.
The most recent problem I have run into is that I have a new religious network that wants MPEG2 with embedded captions in SD / 720x480. There is no option under MXF to do this. I have gone through them all and the size of the video is locked. I have hit a brick wall in that they will not accept anything else.
Ahh, I'm sorry we haven't messed with SD files in a long time. However although they are not technically pure Mpeg-2 streams, premiere does let me export MXF with DV25 or IMX 30 which are both essentially mpeg2 variants and accept embedded Captions.
I'd ask what playout server they are using, but i don't want to derail this thread too far.
Yeah, I tried those two but the IMX30 has the wrong file size of 720 x 486 and there does not seem to be a way to change it to 720 x 480. I had hoped that one would work.
As for SD, I was very, very surprised when they sent me the file format requirement sheet. I even called them to double-check that. They only broadcast SD! It has been a very long time since I did anything with SD too. No worries, I APPRECIATE the feedback! I just need to find a solution to this asap. I have five 30 minute shows ready to go but no way to get them encoded.
As for the XDCAMHD 50 NTSC 422 codec in MXF, I can export the file with embedded captions but if I bring it back into Premiere Pro to double-check captions are embedded.. they do not show up. If I do the same export with the AVC-IntroClass100 720 codec and then bring that file back into Premiere Pro.. the captions reappear on the timeline.
Is there a transcoder available that can convert an HD MXF file to SD and keep the embedded captions?
I can't explain why it does not work for you. However i can verify i have been doing that everyday for years and the captions are always there when i bring it back into premiere.
Just wondering, are you on a PC or Mac? I tried the XDCAMHD50 encode and import the .MXF file back into Premiere Pro on both the Beta and the released version. I get the same results on two different computers. Would you mind trying that again with a recently encoded/embedded file? i.e. bring it back into Premiere Pro and see if the captions reappear with the encoded/embedded file.
the XdCamHD50 is standardized for HD (720 or 1080) .
For me, if you have to use SD, it's IMX50 - D10 (pal 576 or ntsc 480, "anamorphosed" for 16x9) = SMPTE 356M-2001 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMPTE_356M) that you should use in order to "stay" in the existing standards and keep as much as possible the past and future compatibilities...
The problem with the IMX50 codec is that it is locked at 720 x 486. It needs to be 720x480 for NTSC SD. If I could change it I would be ok. However, the video size settings are ghosted out. The station also wants non-anamorphic video. Just basic, old 4:3 standard definition.
The other thing I just noticed about the IMX50 NTSC codec is that it has the wrong field first for NTSC/SD. It is set for upper field first vs the correct lower field first for NTSC/SD.
The broadcaster who asks you this does not use the official standards in this case .
I have the impression that you should then consider the DvCam which would be closer to its expectations and requirements... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDCAM#XDCAM_formats
I tried exporting using the DV25 format. It has the correct video frame size and lower field first settings. However, the codec is not Mpeg2 and the station will reject the file.
At this point.. I don't know what else to do.
Ok.. this is just not fair! If I go to AME, select DGFastChannel480, and then Load Presets, everything is correct (video size, pixel aspect ratio, field lower, etc) and if I select the Captions tab, pull down the menu, the option to embed the captions is there!!! FANTASTIC!! OK. I selected embed captions and then saved the preset as a new name.
I go back into Premiere Pro and CTL M to export the test spot with captions, I select the Mpeg2 codec and the DGFastChannel480 preset that I just made with the embed option for captions. I click on the captions tab to double-check that embed is selected. However, the option is set to NONE and I can't select embed captions. Thinking that perhaps I could use the new preset in AME, I go ahead and send the clip to AME.
In AME, I check the clip encode setting and it is the same as PPro. The option for embed captions is missing. I click on the preset I had just made in AME with the option to embed selected. It shows that it is correct and embed is selected.
I try to duplicate the test clip and apply the export setting preset I made in AME that shows the embedding of the caption option selected. Once again, when I check on the actual clip.. it has removed the export option to embed the captions!!!!! UGH!!!! This is maddening!
Sorry, we do not support creation of DVTCC, (captions in an MPEG-2 program stream). For embedded captions we support QuickTime for 608 captions, and MXF OP1a for 608/708/Teletext/OP-47 (Australia).
How are you exporting to Mpeg-2 with captions embedded? The only options I see are to create a sidecar file or burn the captions in. The few options I am finding in Premiere for embedded captions are the pro formats which are too large to send to the local stations and most of the stations I deliver to won't accept them anyway. They want .mov or mpeg2. Any guidance would be most appreciated.
Our TV Station uses the MPEG-2 format for our ALIST RUSHORKS system. We have to use a third party to embed captioning. We are also hoping that Adobe Premiere will allow us to embed captioning into a MPEG2 file as well. This would make things a lot easier.
Please add support for import/export of WebVTT (.vtt) caption files, including position information.
Just tried the new Text panel. It's a vast improvement over the Captions panel, so first of all, congratulations! There are many areas that need improvement however. I imagine the Pr team is already aware of most of these, but hopefully some of the points help out. Here are my observations:
That's it for now! I'm looking forward to seeing these and other improvements rolled out in future Beta versions! Despite the many small details that need tweaking, I can already see how much better the new captioning tool will be when it’s officially rolled out. Congratulations to the Pr team once again!
Working with captions in PP hasn’t been a very pleasant experience for me so far. This new captioning workflow looks like it could change that. My first impressions are very positive.
Two things I don’t like and I think need to be changed:
Agreed, the scrolling is for playback only, we are exploring other options for long jumps. (I was looking a four hour caption yesterday and it scrolls for a 'while'.
Thanks for the feedback!
That's a lot of great feedback, Pierre. Thank you for taking the time to write it all up. I'd like to respond to number 11 right now and you can probably expect responses from me and others on some of the other items in time.
11. There's currently no way to add styling to individual words within a caption, such as bolding or italicizing specific words. Adding this is a must.
Substring formatting (styling individual words or characters) is a work in progress. It is planned to be done for Captiuons version 1 and should show up in public beta builds soon.
Thank you for the update jstrawn, much appreciated. Looking forward to hearing about and seeing progress being made on this new tool. It seems this new interface is going to be an absolute winner! 🙂