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  • Exporting Subtitles with Transparency

  • Federico Hidalgo

    July 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm


    I have my subtitles ready to export from an Avid 8.5.1 project. I’m trying to create a QT 444 transparency. Is there a way to do that from Avid?

    The objective is to add the subtitles to a DCP. The online will be done in Resolve.

    I’ve been advised that I can simply keep the black background (no transparency) in the QT file, and then use a blending mode in Resolve to overlay the titles on the picture. But I don’t want to lose the black outline on the subtitles.



  • Pat Horridge

    July 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Pretty sure a DCP can take subtitles serperatly so display is optional like a DVD subtitles.
    Never had much luck with subtitles and alphas. Always looks crude.
    If you use the subcap effect in Avid you start with a subtitle list with timings that can be used for the DCP. Possibly even Resolve. If you created each title individually you are stuck.

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  • Federico Hidalgo

    July 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    For this project, I need to create “burn-in” subtitles for each DCP. I currently have the titles ready in subcap effect, placed on the track, and ready to export. But I can’t find a way to do it with an alpha channel setting. I guess I’ll have to find another application to create the 444 transparency with. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you,


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