I have two linked suggestions for improving the subtitling process. I'm editing a video of Shakespeare's _Twelfth Night_, and I'd hoped that I could convert the script to subtitles. This was far from easy, but this can be fixed with two steps.
1. Enable import of subtitle TXT files that do _not_ have timecodes. Let us use TXT files where each subtitle is separated by a linefeed or CR. When we import them, let Encore create subtitles at a default duration of two to three seconds. We can then manually align those subtitles to the project timeline.
Currently, Encore requires that subtitle text files have formatted timecodes. Well, I can't imagine how one would have the timecodes for each line of dialogue _before_ bringing them into Encore. We don't sit and type those timecodes into our text files. Your own tutorials tell us that this job's frequently shopped out because it's tedious: well, if Encore could import simple text files, and we could move the titles around like video clips, it'd be a lot less tedious.
Another reason to allow us to avoid entering timecodes is that there's really no easy way to type them in. I attempted to create a timecode-delimited file of the _Twelfth Night_ script; I imported the text into Excel, and tried to use Excel to create the timecodes for two-second-line subtitles. Sadly, Excel does NOT format for video timecode. It formats time as hh:dd:ss, but a) it dosn't inclde frames and b) it uses colons instead of semicolons. I _was_ able to get around this limit, with a bit of work. But frankly, if Encore could simply import a simple TXT file, I would have saved a lot of work.
2. Enable the user to see the project's audio files _as a waveform_ in the timeline, as in Premiere Pro.
As I said, we could take the subtitles, and stretch them to match the soundtracks. It's a lot easier to match them _visually_, against the waveforms of the audio. If there's a way to see audio timelines as waveforms in Encore, I've been unable to find it.
With my two suggestions above, users would be able to a) import a simple text file, and have Encore create subtitles, and b) align the subtitles to the audio files easily and efficiently.