Using Adobe Transcriptions and Captions with Transcriptive (and vice versa)

We knew that Adobe was going to come out with a built-in transcription/caption service for some time. We kind of begged them to make it possible to easily move the transcript around. Adobe being Adobe, they pretty much ignored that. So if you want to make use of the Adobe transcriptions anywhere but in the Premiere’s Text panel… it involves several steps (instead of the one-step process it should be). Anyways, kvetching aside…

Once you export the Adobe transcript, you’ll use Transcriptive’s Alignment feature to convert it! Easy and free.

Adobe’s transcription service is now in the shipping version of Premiere. So I believe everyone can use it. (Up until this week it was just in the Premiere beta)

Also, their new Caption system is in the release version of CC 2021. So if you’re trying to get captions out of Transcriptive and into Premiere, you can do that with any version of CC 2021. Since this is easy, just Export out of Transcriptive and Import in Premiere, I’ll cover it last.

Getting Transcripts from the Adobe Transcription Service into Transcriptive

1. Open up the Text panel from the Window menu.

2. You should see three options, one of which is Transcribe Sequence

You can only transcribe sequences with Adobe’s service. If you want to transcribe individual clips, you’ll still need to use Transcriptive. (or get transcripts by dropping each one into a different sequence)

3. With your sequence selected, click the Transcribe Sequence button and Premiere will process it and return the transcript! (This can take a few minutes)

4. Once the transcript is back, you need to turn it into captions. For whatever reason, you can’t export it from the Transcript tab. So click the Caption button and turn it into the format of your choice.

5. Premiere will create the captions. From the Caption tab, you can export as SRT or Plain Text. Select ‘Export to text file’ and save the file.

Back in Transcriptive

1. Going back to Transcriptive, we can now import the Plain Text file. With your sequence or clip selected, click Transcriptive’s Import button and select the Plain Text file.

The settings in Import don’t really matter that much unless you have Speakers. Since we’re going to use Alignment to give the text accurate timecode, the Import settings are moot.

That should bring the text into Transcriptive.

2. Click on the Transcribe Button. When the Transcribe dialog appears, select Alignment from the ‘Transcribe With’ dropdown. This is done offline and it’s free for English! There is an option to align using the A.I. services. However, those are not free. But if you want to align languages other than English that’s the only option currently.

3. Click OK… and Transcriptive will start processing the text and audio of the sequence, adding accurate timecode to the text, just as if you’d transcribed it from scratch!

So that’s how you get the Adobe transcription into Transcriptive!

(If Adobe had just added a feature to export the transcript with the timecode it already had in the Text panel… none of the above would be necessary. But here we are. So you should put in a feature request for that!)

Again, Adobe’s transcription service only works for sequences. So if you have a bunch of clips or media you want to transcribe, the easiest way is to use our Batch Transcribe function. And while Transcriptive’s transcription isn’t free, it’s only .04/min ($2.40/hr). However, as mentioned, you can drop each clip into a sequence and transcribe them individually that way. Once you’ve done that, you can use our Batch Alignment feature to get all the transcripts into Transcriptive!

Getting Captions from Transcriptive into Premiere’s Caption System

This is an easy one. You can export a variety of different caption formats from Transcriptive: SRT, MCC, SCC, EBL, SMPTE, and more.

1. Click the Export button in Transcriptive. From there you can select the caption format you want to use. SRT and SCC are the common ones.

2. Back in Premiere, Import the caption file into your project. Premiere will automatically recognize it as a caption file. When you drop it onto your sequence, it’ll automatically load into the Caption tab of Premiere’s Text panel.

Easy peasy. That’s all there is to it!

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