Master Closed Captions with DaVinci Resolve

How to Add Closed Captions to DaVinci Resolve Projects

Do you edit multimedia projects using DaVinci Resolve? If so, you know just how powerful this video editing and color correction platform is. With its comprehensive suite of editing tools, you can easily create professional-grade videos and films.

And now, with more and more people favoring video for learning, entertainment, and communication, having the ability to add closed captions to your videos has become an increasingly important skill for content creators. When deploying video content, the ability to caption it expands its reach to viewers who may be deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those whose native language isn’t your own.

But while adding captions can be a great way to boost your reach, it isn’t always easy to know how to add them. Especially if you’re working with DaVinci Resolve. So, in this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover all the basics of adding closed captioning to your DaVinci Resolve projects.

What Is Closed Captioning?

Before we dive into how to add closed captions to your DaVinci Resolve project, let’s first define what closed captioning is. Closed captioning is the process of adding graphical text to video or audio content that provides viewers with a written transcription of the speech. Unlike open captions, closed captions can be turned on and off by the viewer.

Why You Should Add Closed Captions to Your Videos

Now that you know what closed captioning is, let’s discuss why you should add it to your videos.

1. Accessibility: It’s estimated that around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. By adding closed captioning to your videos, you can make them accessible to a whole new audience. What’s more, by adding closed captions, you can also make your videos more accessible to those who cannot speak the native language of your video.

2. Increased Engagement: Studies have found that adding closed captions to videos can increase engagement with your content. In fact, according to a 2018 report by streaming video platform Vimeo, adding captions to videos can increase watch time by an average of 12%. This means that by adding captions to your videos, you can increase the time people spend engaging with your content.

3. SEO Benefits: Lastly, adding closed captions to your videos can also provide SEO benefits. That’s because search engines, such as Google, are able to crawl through your caption files and extract the textual content within, providing more text-based content for search engine optimization purposes.

How to Add Closed Captions to DaVinci Resolve Projects

Now that you understand the benefits of adding closed captioning to your videos, let’s take a look at how to do it in DaVinci Resolve. There are two main ways to incorporate captions into your projects in DaVinci Resolve — using a subtitle file or creating them manually. Let’s take a look at each method in further detail.

Using a Subtitle File

The easiest way to add captions to your DaVinci Resolve project is to use an external subtitle file. This can be in any major industry-standard format, such as SRT (SubRip Text), STL (Spruce Subtitle), or MOV (Apple QuickTime Text).

To add captions using a subtitle file, follow these steps:

1. Import the subtitle file by clicking the “File” tab followed by “Import.”

2. Place the subtitle file into the Media Pool by dragging it from your hard disk or folder or by double-clicking the name of the file.

3. Select the clip you want to add captions to and make sure it’s open in the Timeline.

4. Click the “Clip” tab at the top of the Timeline and select “Subtitles.” You should now see a list of the captions.

5. Select the underlined captions you want to add.

6. Click the “Subtitle” drop-down menu and adjust the font, size, and other settings.

7. Click the “Add” button to insert the captions into your clip.

Creating Closed Captions Manually

If you don’t have access to an external subtitle file, you can also create and add closed captions manually. DaVinci Resolve supports both traditional linear captions and non-linear captions — including text boxes and images.

Here’s a quick rundown of the steps you need to take to add these captions to your footage:

1. Make sure the clip you want to work on is open in the timeline.

2. Click the “Clip” tab at the top of the timeline and select “Add Caption.”

3. Add a caption by typing it into the text box that appears.

4. Adjust the font, size, and other settings according to your preferences.

5. Click the “Add” button to insert the captions into your clip.

Exporting Your Video with Closed Captions

Once you’ve added your captions, you can then export your video and share it with the world. The process for exporting your video is fairly simple.

First, click the “File” tab followed by “Export Project.” This will open a window with all the export settings you need to complete.

At the bottom of the window, you should be able to see a “Subtitle Settings” option. Click the drop-down menu next to it to choose the subtitle format you want to use for your export. When you’re done, click the “OK” button to continue.

Final Thoughts

As a content creator, having the ability to add closed captions to your videos is an invaluable skill. Adding captions not only makes your videos more accessible to a wider audience, but it can also increase engagement and provide SEO benefits.

Thankfully, incorporating captions into your projects in DaVinci Resolve is relatively simple. In this post, we shared the basics of adding captions to your DaVinci Resolve projects, either using a subtitle file or manually. We then discussed how to export your video with the captions attached.

So, what are you waiting for? Start adding closed captions to your DaVinci Resolve projects and maximize your reach!

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