Add Auto-Generated Subtitles in Premiere Pro: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever struggled to add subtitles to your video project? Do you spend hours transcribing and formatting captions to achieve an outcome that is not even close to accurate? Then, Adobe Premiere Pro has the solution for you! You can now easily add auto-generated subtitles with minimal effort. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can add auto-generated subtitles in Premiere Pro.

What are Auto-Generated Subtitles?

Auto-generated subtitles are captions created with the help of software that uses speech recognition technology to transcribe spoken dialogue into text, which is precisely timed and displayed on the screen. When using this technology on your video project, subtitles can be generated quickly and accurately, saving you a lot of time and effort.

Why Use Auto-Generated Subtitles?

Captioning helps increase your video’s accessibility, making it easier for viewers to understand your content. This can help reach a broader audience, including people who are deaf and hard of hearing, non-native speakers, and people watching your videos in noisy environments. Captioning your videos can also enhance the user experience for those who want to watch your videos with sound off.

How to Add Auto-Generated Subtitles in Premiere Pro

Adding auto-generated subtitles in Premiere Pro is a straightforward process. Follow these simple steps:

1. Open your Adobe Premiere Pro project and import your video file.
2. Go to the top menu and select “Window” > “Captions” to open the captions panel.
3. In the captions panel, click on the “+” button and select “Create New Caption Stream.”
4. Now select the language of the subtitle you want to generate and select “File > Export > Captions.”
5. A new window will appear. Enter a name for your caption file and choose the format you want to use. We suggest using the SRT format as it is a widely used subtitle format supported by most players.
6. Click “Export,” and Premiere Pro will generate and export your auto-generated subtitles file.

Tips on Using Auto-Generated Subtitles

While auto-generated subtitles are a powerful tool, there are certain things to consider when using them:

1. The accuracy of the transcription is dependent on the quality of the audio in your video. Make sure the audio is clear and free from background noise to achieve the best results.
2. Auto-generated subtitles are not perfect. You’ll have to go in and manually edit the file for punctuation and capitalization errors, correct spellings of names, etc.
3. The positions of the captions on the screen can be adjusted, but they may not be perfectly synced with the video timing. Make sure to preview and adjust the timing if necessary.
4. Finally, while auto-generated subtitles are a time-saver, they should not replace professional captioning services. If your project requires 100% accuracy or legal compliance, you should consider using properly captioning services.


Adding auto-generated subtitles in Premiere Pro is a straightforward and quick process. It can save you a lot of time and effort, making your video more accessible to a broader audience. While the technology is not perfect, it’s continually improving and can be an excellent addition to your workflow. If you’d like to learn more about the process of adding captions to your videos, be sure to check out other resources on the topic, like Adobe’s official website, blogs and YouTube videos, which could help you hone transcription skills while using Premiere Pro.

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