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  • How can I add subtitle backgrounds?

     Graham Bernard updated 4 weeks ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Jake Griffiths

    June 6, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    I’m trying to add rectangles behind my subtitles similar to the attached photo – I already have my subtitles in place and I was able to achieve this effect by manually adding a black solid colour layer underneath the text, and then cropping it to size and lowering the opacity.

    However this is a very manual process as the length of the rectangle coincides with the length and position of each subtitle line and I have hundreds of subtitles already in place – how can I automate this in Vegas Pro?

    I was hoping there would be an option when editing the text, similar to how the outline function works.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 7, 2022 at 8:17 am

    OK, this is intriguing . . hmmm…

    This is what I get using Bezier Masking:

  • Jake Griffiths

    June 7, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the comment – I’ve just tried playing around with bézier masks and I couldn’t quite find a way to automate the size of the mask depending on the length of the subtitle text.

    There seems to be a ‘background’ option for titles/text but sadly this seems to add a background to the whole image, perhaps an oversight? Below image shows a black background with the opacity dropped. Again, this can be masked as a workaround but again a very manual process if working with hundreds of subtitles.

    At this point my main two considerations would be either:

    • A custom script that could be run within Vegas Pro to recognise any instances of text, measure the length in pixels, add the background and apply a mask varying in size depending on the text length plus a border width; or

    • Instead of using Vegas Pro for this purpose, using a third-party subtitling software that has this background feature built in.

    I’ll continue investigating but I would be very grateful for any further insight here – it’s just surprising that this feature is not already available in Vegas Pro.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 7, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Instead of using Vegas Pro for this purpose, using a third-party subtitling software that has this background feature built in.

    Yup, that’s why I went for NewBlue Titler Pro when it first came out and have now gone as far as their version 5, the latter versions, nah, not so much.

  • Jake Griffiths

    June 7, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Graham for the recommendation, I’m not too familiar with subtitling software so I’ll check out the NewBlue Titler Pro free trial.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 7, 2022 at 11:22 am

    I’m not too familiar with subtitling softwareI’m not too familiar with subtitling software

    Neither am I. My purposes were for Lower Thirds. There may just be a fully augmented Subtitling Software already out there, you’d need to search for that specifically.

    Tell us what you find. 😉

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