I've got subtitles in a text file (timecode+text) that I want to batch import in avid, and get them automaticaly positionned on the timeline.
How could I do that quickly ?
If no simple way exists, I could write a little program to convert my text file to something that avid could import, but then what fileformat could it be ? and where could I find its specifications ? (I've searched for the avid file format specification in vain...)
Look to the DS Caption file format supported in the SubCap effect. The MC documentation should have that spec. Very straightforward. If you can't find it, then create two subtitles via SubCap on a V track and export DS Caption file and you can see what that looks like.
And there is subbits.
It can import timed text, and output to Subcap compatible files.
Or, it can output to a QT movie with Alpha, where you can create better looking titles, and have a more stable system.
(a lot of subcap titles seem not to work too well on my version of Avid, and i don't like the look...)