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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Hi guys,

Iīve started shooting a 10 episode fiction series that I want to subtitle to english. Which is the best and fastest way to do this? Each episode is about 5 to 8 minutes and itīs just pure dialog. BTW, Iīm using CS5.5

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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Interesting question. I have a buddy on the board of Deaf Aotearoa (New Zealand) who is always flying off trying to convince Sky and TVNZ to subtitle their programs. She'd be impressed if I did the same ting with my little projects.

This link is for CS6, and I don't know if it applies to CS5.5
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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:46 AM   #3
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Oh, the delivery will be primarily it is for the web (vimeo and youtube) and to send it to some production companies via Blu-Ray or DVD.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #4
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

You need a subtitle script - there are a ton of free and not so free programs out there, that can do this.

Basically they produce a txt file with the subtitles and the in & out timecode with a certain standardized format.

Than you can load that file into Premiere and you are done.


To burn in subtitles, try this:

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Old May 13th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #5
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Hi guys,

Iīve started shooting a 10 episode fiction series that I want to subtitle to english. Which is the best and fastest way to do this?

Rafa
I've been using EZTitles:

EZTitles.com :: Plug-in for Adobe Premiere

I just rent by the month when I need to run off things with subtitles.
It's so easy to use. Takes no time at all and very little tweaking.

Premiere Pro CC will, I believe, let you do this natively.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

So, basically you have to generate a subtitle file, import it to premiere and enable it. What I couldnīt find on these videos is how to move each piece of subtitle back and forth so it will match each dialog piece. Or do I have to export the video, create the subtitles in a specific subtitle program, match each piece of subtitle to each piece of dialog, export a final file, import it on premiere and then export it embedded on the final video?
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #7
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Premiere has the ability to convert audio from video clips to text and store it in the meta data. Is there a way to use that meta data to generate a subtitle/caption script?
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:17 AM   #8
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So, basically you have to generate a subtitle file, import it to premiere and enable it. What I couldnīt find on these videos is how to move each piece of subtitle back and forth so it will match each dialog piece. Or do I have to export the video, create the subtitles in a specific subtitle program, match each piece of subtitle to each piece of dialog, export a final file, import it on premiere and then export it embedded on the final video?
You load the video into the subtitle program and adjust everything there.
The subtitle file contains the (in and out) timecodes for each subtitle.

Here is a free program: Subtitle Edit
Also look at the FAQ and tutorials on this site
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Old May 14th, 2013, 05:11 AM   #9
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Iīve got a free subtitling program and Iīm creating the subtitles. It saves the file into an .SRT. I suppose I can import this to Premiereīs timeline and export it merged with the final video, right?

If this is not possible, are any of the options bellow valid?

1 - is there a program like "Handbreak" that allows me to export directly from premiere that would allow me to embed the subtitles? I would like avoiding having to re-encode the video.
2 - Is there a way for me to upload an SRT file to youtube along with the video so it will always be visible?
3 - Is there a way for me to upload an SRT file to vimeo along with the video so it will always be visible?
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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

I have the first episodesī SRT file completely ready and the program I used lets me export the formats bellow. Does anyone know if any of these formats are supported by Premiere:

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Old May 14th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #11
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

This is really frustrating :(
Isnīt there a way to create a transparent layer with the SRT and place directly on the premiere timeline?
If not, what is the best FREE program to re-encode my final with with the SRT file embeded to it?
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Old May 15th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #12
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Nobody? Come on, I cannot be the only person in this situation...
So far Iīm exporting the video from premiere, then I import it to subtitling program that generates an SRT file when Iīm done, and then I have to import the premiere file and the SRT to another program and reencode everything together. Not practical at all.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 06:20 PM   #13
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

Only way I've found to do it is to use virtualdub with the textsub filter to burn the subtitles into the video. You can't do it directly in premiere without additional plugins. Unfortunately this means exporting the video, then exporting again from virtualdub. It can be a long process if you find you need to make a small change.

If you don't want it burnt into the video the only way I know of is to use srt's in encore but then you are limited to delivery as a dvd.

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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #14
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Re: Best way to subtitle on Premiere?

As I said above, it's very easy to do with EZTitles, and a month's rental of the software is very economical.

If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber then you should be able to do this natively from within PremiereProCC when it's released next month. PPro CC introduces a Closed Captioning workflow. I know that Closed Captioning and Subtitles are subtly different things, but my reading of the feature is that you can burn in the closed caption on export, so effectively you can use it as a method of subtitling.
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I use Movie Captioner for my TV shows. Works great and you can export into pretty much any format that exists.

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