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  • Writer's pictureTony Deehan

How to Add Subtitles in Premiere Pro

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Many content creators will know that when you are making video content on a regular basis, you need to save as much time as possible. That means finding little time-saving hacks wherever you can in the video creation process. This is particularly true when it comes to the editing of a project.

As the world becomes more connected, our content can reach further and further globally. However, in some cases, a language barrier remains so that we can not hit audiences in countries of all types of languages. This means we have to create subtitles to extend our online reach. Sounds time consuming? Well not anymore. With Adobe Premiere Pro's Captions and Subtitles feature, the work of making subtitles is taken care of.

Here's a step by step guide to creating you own compelling captions and subtitles in Premiere Pro.

Step 1: Import your Footage

Launch Premiere Pro and start a new project or open an existing one. Import the video file to which you want to add subtitles by selecting File> Import> Media. Alternatively you can double click the Project Panel to import footage or you can directly drag and drop your video file into the Project Panel.

Step 2: Create a New Sequence

The next step is to create a new sequence. You can do this by selecting File> New> Sequence. You can also click the new item button in the bottom right corner of the Project Panel and choose Sequence. Alternatively, you can just drop your chosen clip straight into the Timeline. This will create a sequence with settings directly related to source footage.

Step 3: Open the Text Window

More often than not, the Text window in Premiere Pro will not be open. So in order to open this panel we select Window and enable the Text tab. This will open up the Text window, usually beside your source monitor. Make sure to choose the Captions tab within this window and now we can begin to create our subtitles.

Step 4: Create Captions

Now it's time to generate our subtitles. Click the Create Captions From Transcript button and this will open some settings. Here you can choose what sort of subtitles you want, whether you want them on one line or two, the language of the subtitles and you can choose which particular audio track you want to generate your captions from.

When you have chosen your particular settings, select Transcribe and Create Captions. It only takes a few seconds, depending on your clip size and just like magic, you have amazing captions.

Step 5: Edit Captions

Of course, with all technology, nothing is perfect. Sometimes, what is being said in your audio track will not be interpreted correctly. So you will need to do a quick scan through your new subtitles to make sure they are correct. When you find an error, you can simply click on the particular caption in the Text Panel and edit it. Simple!

Step 6: Stylize Your Subtitles

Premiere Pro will automatically generate subtitles with a standard text format and style. Of course, you will want to change the style of your captions. especially if you are editing Youtube Shorts, Reels or Tik Tok Videos. You will need to have text that fits your brand and keeps the audience engaged.

To do this, select Window> Workspaces> Captions and Graphics. Here you can choose the particular caption your are working on in the Edit tab. You can change the scale, position, font and colour of the text. You can also add strokes to your text to give it a more stylized look. There are plenty of options here to make your captions suit your style.

Step 7: Apply to All Captions

You may want to go through each line of subtitles and edit their style individually. That's totally fine! However, it is often the case that a creator will stick to the same style for all captions in a particular video. Luckily for us, there is a quick way to do this.

In the Essential Graphics panel, select the drop down box under Track Style. Choose Create Style and give your style preset a name. This will save any adjustments you have made in the Essential Graphics panel to a preset. When your preset is saved, hit the arrow pointing upwards next to your preset in the Track Style section. A pop up box will appear with the title Push Style Attributes. Choose the All Captions on Track option and press ok.

And bada bing, your caption style has been copied to all the other captions on that track in your timeline.

So how about that for a time-saver? As our editing workloads get larger and larger, it is important to find ways to expedite the process. As subtitles are becoming a big part of online media, it makes sense that there is a reliable tool to take the fuss away from this job.

Premiere Pro's Caption feature provides a convenient way to add accurate subtitles or closed captions to your videos. By following the steps outlined above, you can efficiently generate and customize subtitles for your projects. Whether you need to enhance accessibility, improve global reach, or simply add a professional touch to your videos, mastering the use of the subtitle feature in Adobe Premiere Pro is a valuable skill worth developing.

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