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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    March 24, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Hey Noam,

    Has the Broadcaster given you any other specs, such as iTT, CEA, SRT or similar?
    Often when delivering, you have to give both a dirty master, and a clean one with a separate subtitle file.
    Because of the history of subtitles, the format used to be very rigid for the standard to carry across different broadcast channels – it is less so now. But as your client is a broadcaster, I would ask more questions of them if it is not already in your delivery specs.

    The other thing to watch out for is screen-safe-margins for subtitles.

    Although, if really stuck and want complete accuracy, pop into photoshop, or similar, and knock out your template, or all of your subtitles to a format that works for your FCPX master.


  • Ben Balser

    March 24, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    When you say FCP won’t show pixel size, you’re using the closed captioning function, which is not the same as sub-titles. So, as a former broadcaster, do they want “sub-titles” which are burned in, or “closed captioning” which is coded, thus you don’t have control over things like font size, because it is a strict technical standard that the FCC will not let you deviate from. But for regular text, yes, you can specify font size.

    If you need “sub-titles”, there are templates available for that for FCPX, plus making a sub-title template yourself in Motion would be super easy.

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