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"Burning in" subtitles from plain text?

Dec 31, 2012 8:54 AM

Tags: #subtitles

I have subtitles in SRT format to go along with a video.  For purposes of post production, I'd like to burn them onto the image while we work on the final product.


Is there a way to do this in Premiere Pro?  The SRT file has the exact time code in/on point with the text, so I just need a way to bring that onto the image.  I'm thinking maybe I will have to convert it to another format that Bridge/Story can use, which is fine, but I'm not sure how to get the text from the file as data in Premiere Pro (or After Effects) I can use to create what amounts to PGS/burned in subtitles without LOTS of manual labor I'd just assume not do.


Any ideas would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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    Dec 31, 2012 9:33 AM   in reply to Blair Trosper

    The only way I know of to do this is to create titles and add them.


    It's a LOT of work.

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    Dec 31, 2012 10:59 AM   in reply to Jim Simon

    Natively in Premiere Pro it's not possible, so there are four basic options:


    1. Use an external subtitler program to render the title data into an AVI file (or a series of images & and EDL), then drop that as a new layer. Tools include Lemony and Belle Nuit.
    2. Use a plugin for Premiere, such as EZTitles.
    3. Automate the titles into an After Effects project and add the comp to your Premiere project - lots of example scripts out there, Google for "AE subtitle script".
    4. Manually create each card as a static title in Premiere.


    1 and 2 are of course the easiest, but some of the sofware involved is very expensive. 3 is free, but will require some massaging of your title data and can't easily cope with things like per-card formatting (but you can dynamically-link the AE comp so it's easy to make changes). It goes without saying that 4 is like pulling teeth.

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