… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #1446: Match Captions to Sequence Timecode
Caption timecode only matters when exporting a finished sequence.
JZ recently sent me an email worried that his caption timecode didn’t match the timecode of where the captions were to appear in his Premiere sequence.
Worse, there was no way he could find to change the caption timing.
The answer, as Gandalf once said, is easy once you know it. An SRT caption file is a file like any other video file – except it contains captions. Timecode doesn’t matter when you import, only when you export.
In other words, after you import a caption file:
- Put the playhead where you want the captions to start in the timeline.
- Select the caption file in the Project panel.
- Edit the caption file to the position of the playhead in the timeline.
NOTE: Remember, captions always need to be the top track in your sequence.
Just as you can put a video clip anywhere – regardless of the timecode of that video clip, you can do the same with a caption file. The key is to place the start of the captions in the right spot.
When it comes time to export the captions, once they are placed in a sequence, choose File > Export > Media.
- In the Export Settings dialog, click the Captions tab.
- Set Export Options to Create Sidecar File
- Set File Format to SubRip Subtitle Format (SRT)
This creates a separate SRT caption file whose timecode matches the sequence.