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Andreas Kiel
Bit OT question
on May 18, 2013 at 11:09:56 am

First of all I'm not a Smoke user, but some people I know are Smoke users and do need some help.

Here a problem:
Before version 2013 there was the option to import subtitles using a "Smoke XML", which is still mentioned and documented in the manual. But it's not supported anymore -- figured out that after many forth and back with their really bad customer support.
The option now (in theory) is to use legacy FCP XML (xmeml). Problem is that Smoke is not FCP legacy and therefore can't handle any fxScript etc generators -- means you get the timing but no content.
On the first glimpse a workaround is to use rendered subtitles and an xmeml. Works fine except the fact that Smoke interprets all numbered images as an image sequence. So all subtitles are there in time, but only display the content of the first subtitle.
So on the second glimpse you find that each subtitle file has to have an individual name which does have nothing in common at the start of the file name with any other of the rendered subtitles.
This works fine except the fact that Smoke shifts all clips -- means the first clip regardless of its TC starts at 0. And YES there is a workaround -- just add a blank file at TC start.
After all workarounds the subtitle files are imported.
Problem is the alpha channel is not accepted/interpreted, so finally they are useless again.

Any ideas out there?

-Andreas

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