Manually transcribe your subtitles.
It takes time to add subtitles manually, but that way you can ensure their quality and fidelity. Just follow these steps to type the subtitles yourself.
1. Open the Captions workspace.
Select Window › Workspaces › Captions to open up the Text panel.
2. Create a new track.
In the Text Panel, select Create New Caption Track.
3. Choose format and style.
When you create a new track, a dialogue box will open. The default format option is Subtitle, which you can burn into the video image or export as a sidecar so that viewers can hide the subtitles if they want. If you’ve previously created a text style, you can select it and apply it to your subtitles.
4. Begin your transcription.
Set the playhead where you want to start your caption and click the plus (+) icon on the text panel to create a blank caption.
5. Start typing.
Type in your caption.
6. Adjust the timing.
Use the handles in the caption track to set the caption to the right length so it appears on screen at the same time as the spoken phrase. Make this process easier by expanding your view of the audio track in your timeline. Then time your captions to match the waveforms of the voices in the track.
7. Repeat and repeat.
Add caption after caption throughout the video.
8. Refine your text.
Use the Essential Graphics panel to change the font, size, alignment, tracking, leading, faux styles, text box size, colour, shadow and opacity of your captions. Premiere Pro applies all the edits you make to all the captions on the caption track. For social media channels, you may want to increase the font size to make it legible for viewers watching on their phones.
Watch a step-by-step tutorial to learn more about navigating the Captions workflow.