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Tutorial: Producing Closed Captions in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

In this tutorial you'll learn how to create and edit industry-standard closed captions for video using the new closed-captioning capabilities in the just-released Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Importing Embedded Captions into Premiere Pro

If you’re working with captions that are embedded in a file, Figure 5 (below) shows what you see when you bring it into the timeline. The embedded QuickTime file is highlighted in the Project panel. When you drag that MOV file into the timeline, all three files come in. Figure 5 shows the caption file on top in the Video 2 track, the video just below it in Video 1, and the audio below that in V1.

Figure 5. A QuickTime file with embedded captions in the timeline

One of the nice things about Adobe’s implementation is that you can see the captions on the timeline (Figure 5, above). If the captions are embedded and you move the caption file by clicking the Option (Mac) or the Alt key (Windows) and dragging the caption file out of sync with the audio and video, you’ll see the out-of-sync message shown in Figure 6 (below).

Figure 6. Tracks out of sync

To bring the tracks back into sync, right-click the captions track and select Move Others into Sync (Figure 7, below), and Premiere Pro re-syncs your audio and video tracks to the captions track.

Figure 7. Re-syncing the tracks

If you have captions in a separate file, typically, you would begin by bringing in the audio/video file, then the captions file. It looks the same on the timeline, but if you drag the captions file out of sync with the audio/video file, there is no sync message because Premiere Pro doesn’t know that they’re supposed to be synced.

You can group the files together, but once you group the files, you can no longer edit the text in the captions files, as you’ll learn how to do next.

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