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Add captions

❓ What is it?

FireCut lets you add captions to your video.
While English is fully supported, FireCut also lets you transcribe audio in 50+ languages; however, please do double-check the results because this is an experimental feature.

🤔 How does it work?

The "Add captions" feature:
  • Transcribes your audio in 2 steps - both are done automatically
    • (1) Sentence-level (takes ~5s per min of audio) -- gives a preview of the transcript
    • (2) Word-level (takes ~5s per min of audio) -- gets accurate timings for transcript
  • Lets you modify the captions in 2 different modes:
    • Styled captions (if you want captions that are styled and animated within FireCut), or
    • Text-only captions (if you just want a captions track that you can style yourself in Premiere)
  • You can also export the captions as SRT or VTT files

1️⃣ Styled captions mode

  • When to use: To easily get animated captions that match popular creators' styles
  • Output: Caption images (.PNG files) inserted in a new video track in your sequence. Even though these are images, they can still be edited by FireCut

2️⃣ Text-only mode

  • When to use: To get a text-only captions track that you can edit in Premiere
  • Output: New captions track (requires PPro 2022+) that contains your transcript

💾 Saving your brand style

Once you have changed the various settings (e.g. font, text position, animation) to match your style, just click the + button to save this style as a Preset. Next time, you can just click the name of the Preset to load the style again.

✏️ Editing styled captions

Styled captions are inserted as .PNG images in your sequence. This is done by design to give you a great deal of flexibility in how the captions are styled and animated.
If you find that you'd like to edit any of these .PNG images, it is very easy to open them up again in FireCut and make any changes by:
  • Selecting the caption images in the timeline
  • Going to FireCut > Add captions > Edit selected captions (under the Transcribe button)
This opens up the selected portion of your transcript in FireCut, allowing you to make any changes (e.g. changing the text or style). If you want to reload the full transcript instead of just the selected captions, click the "Load full transcript" button
To add the edited captions, just click "Insert styled captions" once you're done.

⚙️ Settings

There are two main settings:
  1. 1.
    Scope: You can decide whether to run the operation on your Full sequence or only on a certain portion that you specify with In / Out points (you can place these in your sequence using the I and O hotkeys)
  2. 2.
    Language: We are constantly adding support for new languages. However, please note this is experimental and may create unpredictable results when compared with English. This is the case for every AI tool even if they don't mention it, because training sets for AI tend to be in English. On occasion, this might cause the operation to fail -- please do let us know ([email protected]) if this happens, so we can improve it for you!

💡 Tips for best outcomes

  • Make sure your audio does not have long silences, and any music / sound effects are muted
  • Remove any repetitions first, as FireCut might not transcribe multiple instances of the same text
  • Feel free to work in the timeline, while FireCut is processing your audio -- however, changing the timing of your clips might cause the transcription to be misaligned (FireCut's transcription follows your sequence's timecode, not individual clips)

🙋‍♂️ Common questions, issues, watch-outs

  • "The transcribed text was wrong" -->
    • All languages: Please make sure the audio is clear, there are no long silences, and no repetitions. If this doesn't fix the issue, please share your audio with us at [email protected]
    • Non-English: Transcription for non-English audio is currently experimental and expected to be 70-80% correct in most cases. If you're experiencing a much worse outcome, please get in touch and share your audio with us at [email protected]