Auto sync captions. SRT automatically syncs to correct position like VLC
I find it quite cumbersome that I have to manually drag the SRT file into visual sync in Premiere Pro constantly when a program like VLC just puts it perfectly into place on a drag and drop.
My SRT files are made by a different person and currently I have to edit the SRT file externally to have a subtitle at 00:00:00:00 so that I can easily snap it in the timeline. This ensures that the subtitle is synced as the subtitler intended it to be. I then delete the first sub and there you have it. It is finally in true sync.
If I don't do this the Captions will start in the timeline with the first subtitle at 00:00:00:00 and now I have to select all and drag to the right position. This is not great. I can't add a subtitle at 00:00:00:00 in the captions either, it just doesn't accept it and goes straight to end.
Please make a function so that I don't have to edit the SRT files externally to achieve the correct sync. It should already be in perfect sync when I drag it into the timeline.
Dian Maritz commented
This problem has been solved by Premiere Pro 2021 ! Thank you Adobe!
This is implemented in the new captions workflow:
Give it a spin!
Dian Maritz commented
Hi Sh H
Thank you for your suggestion but unless I am doing this wrong, it does not solve my problem. The SRT file will just align the captions clip to the start or the end of the video clip, depending on what setting you choose in the synchronise dialogue box. This is only useful if the first subtitle in the SRT is actually at the start of the video. (Which I have to manually insert at the moment because it never is) The other options other than "clip end" and "clip start" are greyed out on the synchronise dialogue box.
The problem I am having is that the SRT files do not auto sync to their correct time in the timeline.Thus I have to go through the process of adding an empty sub at 00:00:00:00 in the SRT to snap it in sync at the start of the timeline, ensuring that the rest of the captions/subs are in sync.
The only other way I can think of doing this without having to drag, is to look in the captions window at the first caption's timecode(see screenshot) and then add a marker at that timecode on the timeline and then snap the captions clip to that marker. This process is however takes too much time.
As I pointed out, a program like VLC can do this by just reading the SRT timecode in the metadata. I am hoping that Premiere Pro can do the same so that I can save time in my workflow.
So in short, I wish there was a button/option that can automatically sync the first caption timecode in the SRT file to the correct timeline timecode. See attached image
Sh H commented
Select both video track and the subtitle track on your timeline, then right click, then click "Synchronize".
A new window apears. Just click Ok.
You see the subtitle track will go to the right place. I mean it goes to the place with start of the first subtitle timecode.
Good luck. :-)