How to Import Captions or Subtitles in Camtasia

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In this video, I’ll show you how to Import SRT captions or subtitles in Camtasia.


In this video, I’ll show you how to import captions or subtitles in Camtasia 2020.

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So I’m inside Camtasia 2020 and I’ll begin by importing media that is a video that I already have captions for.

So let’s just open this particular video, and then we can just add it to our timeline.

There it is.

So once we do that, that’s pretty straightforward.

So the next thing is to import our captions.

If you cannot see the captions right here.

You can either click on the More tab where you will find them somewhere here.

But since the captions are available here, I’ll just click on captions.

And in this version of Camtasia, it’s not easy to identify where the import captions button is.

But when you see these gear icon and click on it, you can sync captions, import captions, export captions, and also you have the option to have speech to text that is Microsoft, or Windows speech engine automatically transcribe your audio into captions.

But let’s import captions and at the time of recording this video, the supported caption file formats include .smi, .sami, .srt, and SRT are the most common subtitle formats, which is a SubRip caption file.

So, I’ll select the SubRip caption file that I want to work with.

And it’s this one, then click on open.

Once I click on Open, all the subtitles are going to populate on the timeline.

And you can easily preview the subtitles as they appear.

If you want to make any changes, you can always make any changes inside here.

One thing I’d like to say is that, I wish Camtasia is going to adapt a video I recently did on how they should configure the Camtasia interface in the Camtasia 2021 and beyond.

Because it’s really difficult working with this particular interface.

And the reason is because you should type your subtitles or captions here.

But when you do this, it obscures the view of the subtitles or the captions on the video.

So for example, if I’m typing my caption here, I cannot see how it appears on the video, I need to click out to be able to see this, which is very, I find it very awkward to do that.

Because in Camtasia 8, you would type your captions on the side, and you’d see them appear in real time down here, which is pretty awesome.

I also feel that this particular caption block has been brought really down in Camtasia. Eight, it was better.

And I still use Camtasia 8 to caption my videos.

So something else I mentioned is that they should allow us to be able to position individual captions.

For example, this particular caption, I should be able to take it up here, have a different maybe font for it, etc.

But if all you wanted to do was import a caption file from transcription or captioning service like then you can do it this way by just importing captions into your project.

And it’s always good to work on subtitles or captions once you’re done editing your project.

So that’s it for this video and that is how you import captions or subtitles in your project in Camtasia 2020.

Stick around for the next video, I’ll show you how to burn in your subtitles or captions in Camtasia 2020.

Thank you for watching this video.

My name is David.

Until next time, stay safe and never stop learning.

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