There will be times where you need to self-caption a project. How do you add captions to your project in Adobe Premiere Pro? What are some best practices when captioning a video? In this video, author Jeff Greenberg gives a broad overview of good techniques to use when captioning a video project in Adobe Premiere Pro.
- We don't always control the purse strings associated with our projects and that's where self captioning comes into play. Premiere's tools for self captioning are really great. They're a little bit better for editorial but when it comes to captioning, you get into this need for repeating the audio and have to type while you're listening. And, I want you to know about a couple of conventions and then there's a tool I want to point out here. Good formatting conventions include the use of brackets for sounds and emotions, the use of parenthesis for character names, and you'll find that there is a little music note icon this is even before emojis.
But as I said, I struggle a little bit with Premiere Pro for actually generating the captions. It's kind of slow and a little clunky and for that reason I'm a big fan of using another third party tool. The third party tool I want to mention to you is a tool called Movie Captioner. And what it makes it great is you load your media, you hit a key, and you're listening to a short loop, and you type. And every time you hit return, it goes to the next short loop. It's a $99 cross platform utility. There's an ebook from the author of the utility that's absolutely a must read just around closed captioning in general.
There are a little bit of headaches around the QuickTime 7 Player just so you're aware. If you wanted to embed your titles into QuickTime media, you probably are better off doing it through Premiere. QuickTime's got a feature called the text track and the reason it's a little bit of a pain around Windows is because right now Apple has stopped doing software updates for vulnerability on Windows. And, we're recommending that you install QuickTime but not the Player. The basics of this tool is it plays back a four second loop and you type. And as you work, you hit the enter key and it moves to the next four second gap.
I just want to show you the tool here briefly. And once you've gone through and captioned, you're able to click, and jump, and adjust any captions you need to make. Another good super power of this tool is it can import a large number of formats and export a large number of formats. And that flexibility gives you a conversion engine on top of everything else. There are a lot of other solutions available in the closed caption market. But I would like you to know that I find them fairly expensive. This at $99, this cross platform at the very least is worth trying out.
Other tools on the market are four, $500, $1,000 or more for you to sit back and do the typing yourself.
- Making closed captions and open captions
- Reviewing different transcription services
- Timing scripts to audio verbatim
- Importing and viewing captions
- Using the Captions panel in Adobe Premiere Pro
- Adjusting caption timing
- Creating a caption track
- Formatting captions
- Changing the caption format: 608, 708, and Open Captions
- Exporting the media with embedded captions