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Paul Carlin
Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 17, 2014 at 6:55:17 pm

I want to create subtitles in Resolve as "soft" titles (i.e. a Lower Third Middle Title). Can Resolve accept a text file/XML/whatever and build subtitles from that? For example, Smoke has the ability to read a properly formatted XML document and build text elements based on font, size, position, timecode and so forth.

Or... can Resolve be scripted? Can I use a Python script to build a layer in Resolve to accomplish the same task?

- Paul


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Margus Voll
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 17, 2014 at 7:00:59 pm

not as fas as i know for now.

you could do video file with alpha for that and use on one layer.

long time ago i talked about that to Peter but it stayed there
as i got occupied for a moment.

In tech sense it should be simple as reading del but
now it depends a bit what would be the imported file format to support.

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Marc Wielage
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:18:38 am
Last Edited By Marc Wielage on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:19:23 am

Subtitling from text files is pretty sophisticated and complicated, and I think you're better off using a dedicated 3rd party program like Screen Systems Wincaps:

http://www.screensystems.tv/products/wincaps-subtitling-software/

There's a whole bunch of different subtitling software programs out there, and it kind of goes beyond what NLE editing software does. There are also lots of companies out there that will do the subtitling for you (either closed-captioning or foreign-language insertion), and you may find it's far less trouble to just hand it off to them and let them handle it.


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Margus Voll
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:26:45 am

Yes.

That was what i meant and could not put in words.
I use Annotation Edit for that. Really nice app that helps in spotting a lot.
Really like it. Made in Germay.

http://www.zeitanker.com/content/tools/zeitanker_tools/zeitanker_annotation...

But after that is done in dedicated app it should be as simple as importing EDL
on dedicated track and generating title "items" on timeline.

This is how it happens in NLE depending now on title app it they are
in image format or just inserted as titles but their location in timecode.

I prefer second option and it would make sense to be able to use subtitles
also like this that they are still "data" and relatively small and could be added to project.

Making hard burn in subtitled DCP would be so much neater like that.

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Paul Carlin
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:49:50 pm

The complexity is not difficult. Simply read the XML and create the corresponding elements in the timeline. No different than reading an EDL, as Margus pointed out.

I would like the subtitles to be in the Resolve session for many reasons, one of which is stereo convergence. We have very tight deadlines and don't have time for third party solutions.

- Paul


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Toby Tomkins
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:54:43 am

You could create subtitles in FCP7 or FCPX on a video track and then simply export just the track with subtites as an XML and Resolve would import this XML and re-build the titles in a new timeline, which you could then copy and paste onto the timeline with the picture.


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Toby Tomkins
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:55:33 am

There are xml subtitle import plugins for FCP, so you could go XML>FCP>XML>Resolve very easily...


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Paul Carlin
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:20:42 pm

That's brilliant. I can reverse engineer the FCP XML. Then I should be able to script a solution to convert a text file into a FCP XML. Thanks!

Now all I need is to purchase FCP X.

- Paul


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Toby Tomkins
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:32:13 pm

Glad to have helped!


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Juan Salvo
Re: Subtitles in Resolve
on Jul 19, 2014 at 5:20:13 am

The short answer is no. The longer is answer is that you could use other tools to end up with images and timespans for those images (TIFFs and an EDL for example) which could accomplish this. Similarly as you would with other DI tools. But if you want live text, this probably isn't the best workflow.

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