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Matt Davis
Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:43:02 pm

I've seen many tutorials on creating closed captions. They all copy and paste the transcript into captions line by line.

Is there any way to import ALL of the transcript at once, without having to copy and past for EVERY SINGLE LINE?

I've used third party softwares to create captions before and what they do is allow you to import an entire transcript file as plain text and it parses it up via character count into separate caption boxes and then you simply play through the video, hitting the "i" key for when you'd like the in point for each caption to start.

You sometimes need to adjust the text slightly, but overall it's WAY simpler and less tedious than in premiere.

Please tell me that I just haven't learned the right way to do it in Premiere yet.


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Matt Stewart
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Mar 21, 2017 at 11:48:19 pm

I am in the same position, the CC process through Premiere is so tedious and time consuming.

I have not tried any third party applications though, are there any simple ways of converting a transcript in a .srt file?

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Connie Collins
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Nov 18, 2017 at 8:00:53 pm

I haven't found anyway to do full transcript import into captions in Premiere Pro. Would love that, but in the meantime anyone have recommendations on third party software?

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greg janza
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Nov 19, 2017 at 3:18:51 am

Avoid Premiere altogether. is a great alternative.

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Michael Sacci
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Nov 19, 2017 at 2:38:13 pm

There is an online caption house that is great. They charge $1/min. with or without a transcript and they are fast

I have hundreds of programs to them. I have full the pro version of captionmaker So I Can Do Anything In house But it is not cost Effective To Do So.

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Michiel Niesten
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Apr 19, 2018 at 1:20:09 pm

I have the same issue in Premiere. Leaving a remark here for future solutions ☺

As for current third party software that I sometimes use; Youtube does this brilliantly. Their speech recognition also times the subtitles for you. There's barely anything left to do manually. The catch is of course: You have to upload your movie to Youtube (as "private"), which is scary if you're working for an external client.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
on Apr 23, 2018 at 3:34:27 pm

Well, you could mitigate that fear somewhat, by making a render with just a still graphic and the audio. Doesn't change the timing. I use Youtube to generate my transcripts a lot, since it's free. But nothing's *truly* "free", in this case, you still have to go back thru and add capitals, punctuation, and clean up mis-translated words and phrases. But if your audio is very clean and clear, and the speakers don't have weird accents, YT does a pretty good job.

If my audio isn't the best, I might render out a version for upload with extreme use of the graphic EQ to knock down extraneous noise and get the speech as clear as possible. You only need it to generate the transcript, after all. No point in uploading the finished edit when a low rez version with filtered audio will do it.

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