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How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

You don't know how to create captions and subtitles on your Adobe Premiere Pro videos ? We show you how to do it at scale

Jean-Marc
January 27, 2021

Adobe Premiere Pro is the best-known video editor for professionals. It’s packed with numerous features to customize your videos in great detail.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

But sometimes you can get lost in all the possibilities. For example, how do you add captions to your video?

This is not the easiest thing to do in the editor. That’s why we show you the different ways to do it, especially to subtitle big video projects efficiently and at scale.

Premiere Pro captions: the different ways to proceed

A comprehensive video editor, Adobe Premiere Pro lets you add subtitles in multiple ways. Here are the 3 main ways to :

  • Create your subtitles manually, adding them to each of your images
  • Import a subtitle file, taken from the transcription of your video, and encode it into your video (open subtitle)
  • Use an automatic subtitle generator that will take care of your subtitling

Among these possibilities, which one to choose to save time in doing subtitles?

It must be said that manual subtitling requires a lot of energy and good skills (to synchronize, transcribe or even translate your video). You can choose option 1 if :

  • You only need a few captions to illustrate your video.
  • You have a small volume of video to subtitle.

By importing a subtitling file, you save time and gain flexibility in your work. You can check the details of the synchronization and display of your subtitles. This can be a good fit for you if :

  • You have a large volume of video
  • You want to customize the appearance of your subtitles in detail

If you want a more productive method, option 3 is for you. It allows you to :

  • Save time on your work
  • To have a quality result without too much difficulty
  • Seek professional help if needed

It’s up to you to choose the best solution according to your needs and skills. We present you here the 3 methods one by one to help you find your way.

How to create captions manually on Premiere Pro?

Even if the available tools may seem daunting, you can quickly master all the features if you know how it works. Here is the detailed method to create subtitles by yourself on Premiere Pro :

1# Go to the “Captions” menu with the “New Element” tab underneath your video, in the project panel.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

2# Choose whether you want Open Captions or Closed Captions: CEA-608 (standard resolution) or 708 (HD resolution) supported by most video players like YouTube, or even teletext.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

3# Select the caption from the menu

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

4# Drag and drop the file into the time stream of your video. You can then add the text on the display.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

You must repeat this operation for each sequence of your video. That’s why it’s a method more adapted to punctual annotations in your video. Fortunately, to subtitle your video, there are other simpler ways to do it on the platform.

How do I import a subtitle file into Premiere Pro?

By relying on an existing subtitle file (SRT file) you can save a lot of time when subtitling your video. To get such a file, you can create it yourself. Yet, be warned, transcribing it by hand is a long and complex job. Instead, we advise you to use an automatic SRT file generator (Checksub can help you, but there are other options on the internet).

Now, how do you simply import a subtitle file into Premiere Pro? Here is the step-by-step method :

1# To start, make sure you have the right import settings. Click on the “Captions” option on the top Window menu.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

2# Press “import settings”.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

3# Choose the file type (SRT is the most universal format): either open captions, different stream standards (CEA-608 (standard resolution) or 708 (HD resolution) supported by most video players like YouTube, or teletext). For the rest, you can customize the appearance of your subtitles as you want (if you choose open subtitles).

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

4# Next, you can enable subtitles display by pressing the wrench next to your video.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

5# Allow your subtitles to be displayed by clicking on “Enable” and make sure to sect the same option you’ve chosen for your subtitle standard.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

6# You can then import your subtitle file, either by dragging it over the interface, or by clicking on import in the drop-down menu.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

7# You’ve probably noticed that the subtitles are not yet well synchronized. To adjust this, here’s how to do it: go to File > synchronize > then click on Timecode.

How to easily add captions & subtitles to your Premiere Pro videos?

Now your subtitles are normally added and synchronized on your video!

Automatic and professional subtitling Premiere Pro: Checksub

As you can see, captioning your video on Premiere Pro is quite complex. That’s why automatic subtitle software can save you time by taking care of transcription, synchronization and even translation in a short time. At Checksub, we’ve been aware of the limitations of manual subtitling. So we have designed a simple and effective solution that can:

  • Transcribe your videos automatically and with great accuracy (Advanced Speech Recognition API)
  • Collaborate with professional subtitlers and translators to manage your video project.
  • Translate your video into more than 128 languages (translation based on deep learning)
  • Easily edit and customize the appearance of your subtitles

How does it work?

1 – Upload your video on the interface

2 – Indicate if you want to use automatic subtitling or use a professional subtitler. For automatic subtitling, you are entitled to 1 hour of free subtitling. You can also choose the language you want to translate. Checksub has an advanced translation API for more than 128 languages.

checksub interface

3 – Check and optimize the automatic transcription.

checksub's new editor

4 – You can now upload your subtitle file or the video with burn-in subtitles. By encoding your video, you will have access to a platform to customize the appearance of your subtitles.

The great advantage of our platform is to easily connect you with our subtitle experts. They will provide you with a quality service you can rely on and trust.

And if not, we hope we’ve helped you produce your next successful short movie !

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