Captions are a great way to make your videos more accessible. They provide a written word by word view of your dialogue in your film. This helps not only deaf and hearing challenged people better understand your content, but also allows people to confirm the words you are saying. Writing captions however can be a tedious task, and if you are a small business, an expensive one. Premiere Pro has helped mitigate this by creating an automatic way to create the captions. So today I am going to show you how to automatically create captions and subtitles in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2022.
How to Create Captions and Subtitles Automatically Tutorial
Creating a Transcription
- Import some footage into a sequence to begin. I use Envato Elements, a great subscription based service to download a near unlimited amount of stock footage.
- Go to Window->Workspaces->Captions and Graphic to bring up the captions workspace.
- Go to the left side, and under the Text top column, go to the Captions column.
- Go down into the center of the black box and click on the Transcribe sequence button for the software to begin doing an automatic transcription
- In the dialogue that pops up, go to the Audio on Track: and choose which audio track you want to analyze.
- If two people are speaking, click the checkbox “Recognize when different speakers are talking”.
- Click the Transcribe button to being the process.
Creating the Captions
- Go back up the Transcript column and you can see the generated transcription.
- Click the Create Captions button at the top.
- In this menu, you can choose the format you would like. Under format choose CEA-708 for HD captions. This means they will be embedded into the video and can be turned on and off.
- If you would like to create subtitles, click the Format and go down to subtitle default.
- You can choose if you want double or single lined captions at the bottom.
- Click the create button.
Editing the Captions
- Go back up to the captions panel and play the video. It will scroll and show the captions as the audio is coming out.
- If you need to make an edit, just double click on any of the text to begin making an edit.
- If you click on the text itself on the video. You can change up the styling of the subtitles, changing their color and general positioning.
- If you want more editing ability, you will need to bake them into the video with the subtitle preset while creating the subtitles!
There you go, that is how you can have Premiere Pro easily generate subtitles for you! This is great to learn, and can save you countless hours of typing. Don’t just do this and hope they are all correct. This will get you 95% of the way there, then just do a single pass to make sure everything is correct and you are done!
If you have any questions or comments, put them below, or on the video itself!