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Jeff Krieger
Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 27, 2020 at 10:20:51 pm

Ok, this seems like a tougher one...but probably not for you guys... ☺

I have subtitles parsed out in a .txt document. I would like to...

- import as titles
- be able to style the titles using a preset (which uses tap5a plugin)

I believe I need to import them as an .ITT in order to style them, no? If so, how do I go from the .txt to the .itt? I have two software that converts ... X-Title Extractor and SRT Converter. But can't get it to work.

Anyone got a workflow for me?

Thx!
Jeff


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 28, 2020 at 9:17:24 am

Hello Jeff,

If you have just a plain text file without timings you may use X-Title Import the companion app of X-Title Extractor to get this text into FCP. The timing then can be done in FCP.
But it depends on the text. Maybe you can post a sample here.

You probably misunderstood the way FCP works with captions – you don't need ITT to style the text you can use SRT or CEA as well. But you need one of these formats to create captions in FCP. All of these are "timed text" types - so you need timing for your text.
Additionally titles (subtitles) are different from captions. But you can convert them from captions (or the other way round).

Provide us a sample to provide better help 😉
As I am the author of X-Title I can for sure can give you qualified help with those tools.

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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Eric Santiago
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 28, 2020 at 12:51:43 pm

Thanks for the tip Andreas, hope I never have to use it ☺
I've done a ton of CC in Premiere and only client-driven.
You just can't beat the ease of use of CC in FCPX.
Just the ability to edit in the timeline (magnetic style) makes it so much smoother to work in.


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Aug 2, 2020 at 4:25:27 pm

Eric,

If you use both PPro and FCPX you can use my premiereTitles for less pain ;-)

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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Jeff Krieger
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 28, 2020 at 2:28:01 pm

Thx Andreas! I guess I should’ve emailed you directly!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cjbuda7dio48c8h/bosnia.txt?dl=0

Yeah no timing. Just text.

I then want to style it with the tap5a plugin and add a preset to each so they are easy to style. Hope that makes sense.

Thx!!!


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Jeff Krieger
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 28, 2020 at 4:08:24 pm

Andreas, I downloaded and activated XTI. I clicked "Import Source File" and selected my .txt file. Now what? Am I doing it right? Thx!


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 28, 2020 at 7:23:59 pm

Not that easy 😉

Open the text with a text editor and insert a blank line where a new title should start. Save as new txt document.
In XTI open the preferences. Set the Default Gap to 0, the Min. Duration and Max. Duration to fit an average duration of a caption like 4 seconds.

There are two ways for FCP now: either Captions or Titles.
I would suggest captions cause they are more flexible in this case, so for Caption Type select Caption -> SRT
Then use File -> Import Other -> Untimed Text
Save the XML and import into FCP, add the captions to your timeline and adjust timing.

Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Tough One - Subtitles Premiere to FCPX
on Jul 29, 2020 at 11:33:04 am

Here a short video I made the other year for a customer new to FCPX and FCP Captions







Spherico
http://www.spherico.com/filmtools

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby
become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will
also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


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