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How to add subtitles to a video in Premiere Pro?

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Premiere Pro is one of the world’s most popular video editing programs used by amateurs and professionals. The program can be used for anything from light touches to complete edits, courtesy of the hundreds of tools and features available.

One of these features is the ability to add captions or subtitles to any video you want. Subtitles are an important part of video production, especially if your audience speaks another language. In this article, we’re talking about adding subtitles to a video in Premiere Pro. 

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Adding subtitles in Premiere Pro

Having a transcript at hand of whatever it is that’s being said in the video can come in handy when creating subtitles. However, if you don’t, Premiere can automatically generate one for you, which can then be used to add subtitles or captions to the video. 

Other than that, the process of adding subtitles in Premiere Pro is quite easy. Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open the Text panel by clicking Window followed by Text.  

Step 2: In the Text panel, click the Import captions from file button if you already have a transcript. If you don’t, click the Create transcription button to generate a transcript. For this article, we’ll be using the Create transcription button to generate our subtitles

Step 3: Select your audio language, speaker labelling and the audio track you want to use for the transcript. Once you’re done, click the Transcribe button to get started. 

Step 4: Now move to the Text panel’s Captions tab and click Create captions from transcription. 

Step 5: You’ll be presented with many caption options that control the styling, format and layout of the captions exactly the way they’ll appear on text. Once you’re happy with the settings, click Create captions to insert captions in your video. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: