Caption Burner for iTunes Timed Text (iTT), SubRip (SRT), WebVTT and more

Caption Burner

Burn captions and subtitles into video.

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What is this?

Caption Burner is a plugin for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Motion that lets you burn captions and subtitles into your video.

Caption Burner helps deliver video for platforms such as Instagram® that do not allow caption information to be submitted as metadata.

Caption Burner Demo

Features

• Supports popular formats: import captions and subtitles from iTunes Timed Text (iTT), WebVTT (VTT), SubRip (SRT), SubViewer (SUB), Adobe Encore Script and Adobe Premiere Pro Markers (CSV)

• Easy to use: the Caption Burner plugin shares its user interface with our Caption Converter app, with the added benefit that you can access it within the video apps you already use.

• Multiple languages: a single plugin on your timeline lets you work with multiple languages simultaneously. Select the language to be burned into the video frame via a simple menu selection.

• Fast: extensive use of Metal graphics acceleration adds minimal time to your render time. Is my Mac ready for Metal?

• Plays well with others: export your captions to a file when it’s time to move your work to a different software or platform. Caption Burner supports many of the same industry-standard formats you can import, as well as the the captions format used by our Caption Converter app.

How do I install
Caption Burner?

Caption Burner is available via FxFactory, our free application to manage and install visual and audio effects plugins and apps. Please make sure that the latest version of FxFactory is installed on your system:
Click the following link to download and show Caption Burner in FxFactory, and begin using it in your favorite video application:

How do I burn captions in Apple Final Cut ProFinal Cut Pro X?

Caption Burner is available both as a Title and as a Generator effect in Final Cut Pro. To begin, select the Titles and Generators icon, select the Caption Burner category and drag the title to the beginning of your timeline:

Titles and Generators in Final Cut Pro X

In most cases, you will want to make the Caption Burner clip be the topmost clip in your hierarchy. You will likely want to extend the Caption Burner clip to the full duration of your timeline to give the plugin a chance to render captions for the full duration of your content.

Select the Caption Burner clip on the timeline to display its parameters:

Click the Edit button displayed by the Captions parameter to bring up the captions window:

Captions window

When done importing and editing your captions, click the SAVE button to preview your captions in the Canvas.

How do I burn captions in Adobe Premiere ProPremiere Pro?

Captions are burned directly onto the clip to which the Caption Burner plugin is applied. The most flexible approach is to burn captions over a Transparent Video track since it can be positioned over a timeline containing any number of elements.

Create a Transparent Video clip with the same resolution as the timeline by selecting the File > New > Transparent Video... menu command:

Create Transparent Video in Premiere Pro

A Transparent Video clip will be added to your project. Drag the Transparent Video clip to the beginning of the timeline:

Caption Burner added to timeline in Premiere Pro

Switch to the Effects tab and scroll down to reveal the Video Effects folder. Drag the Caption Burner effect from the Caption Burner category onto the Transparent Video clip on your timeline:

Caption Burner under the Video Effects tab in Premiere Pro

Select the clip that contains the Caption Burner effect on the timeline to display its parameters in the inspector:

Caption Burner Parameters in Premiere Pro

Click the Edit button displayed by the Captions parameter to bring up the captions window:

Captions window

When done importing and editing your captions, click the SAVE button to preview your captions in the Canvas.

What about Apple MotionMotion?

Click the + Add Object button, and select the Caption Burner generator from the Caption Burner category to add it to your timeline:

Caption Burner under the Generators Menu in Motion

Drag the Caption Burner layer to the beginning of your timeline and extend it to the out point. The parameters and usage in Motion is otherwise identical to Final Cut Pro. Select the clip to view its parameters in the inspector:

Caption Burner parameters in Motion

Click the Edit button displayed by the Captions parameter to bring up the captions window.

What about Adobe After EffectsAfter Effects?

Although Caption Burner can be applied to any layer on your timeline, the best approach is to create a new Solid Layer that will be used solely for the purpose of hosting and rendering your captions. Select the Layer > New > Solid menu command:

Create New Solid Layer in After Effects

Select the Caption Burner effect from the Effects > Caption Burner menu. Display the effect parameters in the inspector and disable the Composite over Original paramater to make sure the Solid color in the layer is not rendered, as you want all layers below to be visible instead:

Caption Burner parameters in After Effects

Click the Edit button displayed by the Captions parameter to bring up the captions window.