Copy/paste, select multiple, move multiple captions as if working with clips in timeline
it would be great if you could work with captions as you do with clips of footage in the timeline. Copy/paste, select multiple, move multiple captions just working with clips. Instead, we can only work with the entire caption layer, have to cut it separately if we want to move it about independently from the other captions. Let the timecodes adjust on their own if the captions move in the timeline. Don't give the captions layer its own timecode.
We have completely redesigned the captioning workflow in Premiere Pro version 15.0. You will see many dramatic workflow improvements. Please update to the latest version.
Learn all about the new captions workflow here: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/user-guide.html/premiere-pro/using/working-with-captions.ug.html
Geoffrey Knecht commented
This has not been resolved, Adobe.
You cannot use quick keys on a caption track the same way you can on video or audio clips, that's just the first thing I can list, I have a long list. Come on....
Paul Canavese commented
The new captioning workflow is great, but it unfortunately does not address the primary needs expressed here for copy/paste of single or multiple captions. (You can multi-select and move on the timeline now.)
Let me share a use case for this: I primarily use Premiere Pro to create sing-along music videos for kids. That means I have to manually add the refrain lyrics, which can repeat MANY times, instead of simply copy-pasting the (properly spaced) caption segments I created the first time.
The same is true to a lesser degree for verses, as the spacing is always the same. I would copy-paste the first verse to get the proper spacing and then modify the lyrics.
To sum up, it's rather frustrating to have to manually duplicate over-and-over so much work in every song video I create. I'd love to see this added to the new captions workflow. Thanks!
Fadhli Yunus commented
I'm doing multiple captions (dual languages) before v15 update. Now I can't anymore as only one layer can be visible at one time and my previous projects before the update are rendered useless. Also, only one style can be applied on one layer. Help?
Adam Marsh commented
Possible solution? I remember how frustrated this has made me on multiple occasions, but in all my searching online I have now found two workarounds that have worked for me.
Moving multiple captions forward: https://youtu.be/jy1j7TMA8qU
("If you hold cmd/control while dragging out the end of a caption it ripple shifts all the captions after it, but usually it will snap to the end of the captions clip. So you can do this for the size space you need then bring the one caption back down to size and insert the new captions in the space.")
Moving multiple captions backwards: https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/ripple-shifting-captions-works-inconsistently/td-p/11193141?page=1
(CTRL + Click > Ripple Delete. This will move all captions backwards for the duration of the deleted selected caption. If you need to, insert a new blank caption in the gap that you wan't to close and ripple delete that one.)
As I said, it did work for me and I hope that might help others.
Daniel Toivonen commented
Why in the name of God is there no way to move multiple captions at once? This was suddenly a huge blow to the image I had of Adobe products.
Adam Marsh commented
Please, please do something about this. It's extremely buggy and unreliable when trying to use cmd+drag subtitle to ripple all subtitles. I've had to move every subtitle individually and it's embarrassing.
Joseph Conte commented
This is a huge problem for me. I had a complete video, and have to add new audio and therefore new captions into the project. When I hold control and drag a caption, the, timestamp in the "captions" stream does not update and it messes up my entire video. There seems to be no way to move multiple but not all captions without the timing being completely off, resulting in my captions being layered.
These captions features were suggested a year and a half ago and it seems like there have been no improvements to working with captions since. The features suggested above seem like the basics to make working with captions simple and efficient, and would give us similar editing abilities that we have for video and audio clips. Instead, working with captions in premiere is a huge pain. Imagine yourself in our shoes, working with dozens or hundreds of clips in a movie, and being forced to use a single caption layer - what if we need to edit the length or placement of a clip in the middle of a movie? Oh great, now I need to move all of the captions individually one-by-one because I don't have to ability to move and edit multiple captons the way I can with other clips. Please improve caption editing!