More things wrong with captions
The above link is a post detailing issues with captioning. Here are some more that I would like to add to the list:
The most egregious failing of the system is the text-editing inabilities of the Captions panel. The text box does not respect standard system keyboard shortcuts for caret navigation. All of the following standard text-editing shortcuts, that see heavy usage with document editing, do not work as expected:
Home/End: Instead of moving the caret to the start/end of the line, it selects the first/last caption in the list.
Up/Down: Instead of moving up/down a line, it selects the previous/next caption in the list.
Ctrl+Home/End: Instead of moving to the beginning/end of the text, it selects all the captions before/after.
Shift+Home/End: Instead of selecting text to the start/end of the line, it selects all the captions before/after.
Ctrl+Backspace/Delete: Instead of deleting the previous/next word, it deletes the current caption.
There are probably more. Please use a standard text box implementation for the captions so all standard shortcuts work within them.
You cannot use standard editing shortcuts to retime the captions (ripple edits, extending in/out points, adding/subtracting time, etc.) Since all the captions live within a single container clip, you are required to click and drag on the small handles on either end to adjust timing.
The timing of the captions on export is determined by the in point of the container clip, and not by the in point of the first caption. This is an obtuse and un-intuitive mechanic and it required me to Google how to globally fix the timing, after I realised everything was out of sync (which only shows up on export, mind you, and not in the timeline itself while you're captioning).
The captions do not wrap automatically. For long captions, you are required to manually create line breaks, or else they go off the screen.
You cannot directly select any caption in the Timeline. Even with the mouse cursor placed directly over a caption, it will first only select the container clip. You need a second click to select the actual caption.
There is no way to define a global style. Any global change requires you to select all the captions. If you want any captions to not be affected by that global change, you have to manually de-select those.
In the Captions panel, clicking a caption will not actually navigate to that caption in the timeline, so you cannot immediately see a preview of your edit. You have to take the extra step of navigating the playhead to that clip manually.
For whatever reason, you cannot select more than 2 captions in the timeline simultaneously. Even then, you cannot move them both at the same time.
You cannot undo any value change in the Captions panel (e.g. font size, colour, etc.) unless you first deselect the caption. If you don't deselect the caption, hitting Undo will unexpectedly undo the last text change you made.
Stunningly out of step with ADOBE standards. Copy fn of InDesign. Changing opacity realibly locks up MAC ..
Thanks for the feedback, eikonoklastes. As always, your feedback is spot on. These are all known issues to the team and in varying stages of development. Thanks again.
In the future feel free to email me, email@example.com with your concerns, I will see it faster than on uservoice.
R. Neil Haugen commented
An EXCELLENT summation of quite a number of shortcomings!