Quick Guide: Adding Automatic Captions in Premiere


In today’s digital era, video content has picked up the pace, and content creators are thriving to make impactful videos. Video content has become a crucial aspect to attract and engage an audience. Captions play a vital role in improving the accessibility and reach of video content. Captions make the video comprehensible and user-friendly for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Many social media platforms now have an option for adding captions. Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent video editing software that allows you to add captions to your video seamlessly. In this blog post, we will cover how you can add automatic captions in Premiere.

What are Automatic Captions?

Automatic Captions refer to the text that appears at the bottom of the screen when the video plays. It provides a transcript of the audio being played in the video. Automatic captions are typically generated by the video editing software’s speech recognition system. The auto-caption feature has become a standard requirement for any video content being posted online. It enhances the accessibility and user-friendliness of the video.

How to Add Automatic Captions in Premiere:

Adobe Premiere Pro has an in-built feature that helps you add captions in the video. Automatic captions can be added within a few clicks.

1. Import the Video

To add captions, you must have the video footage on the Premiere timeline. If you’ve already started the project, go ahead and import the video to the timeline. If not, open a new project file, navigate to File > Import, and import the video you want to work with.

2. Create a Caption File

To add captions to the video, you need to create a caption file. Navigate to the File menu > New > Captions. Once you click on Captions, a new dialog box will appear, prompting you to select the caption standard. For automatic captions, select the ‘CEA-608’ standard.

3. Add the Caption to the Timeline

After creating the caption file, drag and drop it to the timeline. The Auto Captions file will be added to a new track above the video track. The captions will display in the Program Monitor panel.

4. Auto Generate Caption

Right-click on the Caption track and select ‘add captions’. This will open the Captions setting dialog box. In the dialog box, click the ‘Enable’ checkbox next to the ‘Automatically generate captions’ option.

5. Configure the Settings

After enabling the auto-caption feature, you can customize the settings. Click on the ‘Edit’, and then click on ‘Captions’.

a. Language – Select the language in which your video is spoken. In most cases, it will be English.

b. Style – Choose a style for your captions. You can customize the color, font, and text.

c. Settings – You can configure the settings for the speech recognition engine and the appearance of the captions.

6. Capture the Audio

Once you have customized the settings, capture the audio. You can do this by clicking ‘Start’ on the monitor panel while the video is playing. Premiere pro will capture the audio and generate captions automatically.

7. Editing the Captions

After generating the captions, you can edit them as per your preference. To edit captions, click on ‘Captions’ in the ‘Project’ panel. Then, click on the ‘edit’ button next to the caption file you want to edit.


Adding automatic captions in Premiere Pro can enhance the reach and accessibility of your video content. Adobe Premiere Pro offers an in-built feature for adding captions to your video, making it user-friendly and informative. Adding captions is easy and can be done within a few clicks with the help of real-time speech recognition technology. Once you’ve learned how to add automatic captions in Premiere Pro, you can include closed captioning in all your videos to expand your audience reach. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and create impactful videos with automatic captions using Adobe Premiere Pro.

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