How to Add Captions or Subtitles in Adobe Premiere Pro

In this video, you will learn how to add captions to your video using Adobe Premiere Pro. This was demonstrated on a Macbook Air using the 2020 edition of Adobe Premiere Pro.

How to Create a React Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro

In this video you will learn some techniques when making a react video. This was demonstrated on a Macbook Air using the 2020 edition of Adobe Premiere Pro.

How to Edit a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

This video is about editing a video in Adobe Premiere Pro and some of the basic things you can do in the video editing software. This was demonstrated on a Macbook Air using the 2020 edition of Adobe Premiere Pro.

“The Cult of Cults”: Pop Culture Representations of a Minority Religious Group

On December 8, I submitted my last paper for the semester, wrapping up what has been, for many, a stressful period. Having just seen the trailer for the new HBOMAX docuseries “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults,” I  wondered how the religious group was represented and decided to take a look…

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What is the Country’s Reality?

Have you seen the new HBO show “Lovecraft Country”? In the series premiere, set in 1950s America, we follow Atticus Freeman (played by Jonathan Majors), Letitia “Leti” Lewis (Jurnee Smollett), and George Freeman (Courtney B. Vance) as they travel to “Ardham,” Massachusetts, in hopes of finding Atticus’s father, Montrose Freeman (Michael K. Williams). He went missing while searching for the family’s history…

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Religion in 5 Minutes: What’s the Difference Between a Cult and a Religion?

This video uses Religion in 5 Minutes essay “What’s the difference between a cult and a religion?” to talk about why some religious groups get classified as a religion and others a cult.

Religion in 5 Minutes: Why is Religion so Often Involved in Politics?

This video uses Religion in 5 Minutes essay “Why is religion so often involved in politics?” to talk about how in America religion is tightly woven into politics.

Religion in 5 Minutes: Can Sports be a Religion?

This video uses Religion in 5 Minutes essay “Can Sports Be a Religion?” to look at how definitions play into our understanding of what can be a religion.

Adding Closed Captions to Adobe Premiere Pro Videos

When I started making videos for students, I wanted to make the videos as accessible as possible. One way to do this would be to add Closed Captions to my videos. Adobe Premiere Pro allows users to create their own captions for their videos, but you have to put them in manually. This can be a little tedious, I won’t lie, but I think it is 100% worth the effort to make the videos accessible to all.

Circled in red is the “New Item” icon.

I recommend uploading all the video and audio clips to Premiere and placing them in the order, you want your video to play. Next, go to the left-hand corner where all the media is stored. There is a small icon with a folded corner called “New Item.”

Once you click on it, a menu should appear with a list of things you can now add to your video. But for our purposes today, you will want to click on the Captions.

A new menu will appear, with several caption options to choose from, including open and closed captions. Closed captions simply put allows the viewer to choose whether they want to have captions on the screen. While open captions are always on the screen,  for a video, if you want to have closed captions on in Premiere, you should choose between CEA-608 and CEA-708. But if you want to have open captions in your video, then pick Open Subtitling.

The Settings icon is circled in red.

After you pick, a new caption box will appear in the project file in the lower left-hand corner. Next, drag the caption file over your video file in the editing panel on your right and a purple bar will appear. What I do now, is drag the purple box the length of the video file this way I can have different sections of captions per video clip.

 In order  see the captions while you write them onto the video, you must enable them. To do this, click on the little hand wrench icon under the video, which says, “Settings.” Once the menu opens, scroll down to Closed Caption display and click on Enable. You should see your captions on the video display while you are writing them out. This is very important.

Now comes the tedious part. There is only so much space to write the caption, and depending on the word length, you might only be able to fit four or five words in the box. To add more caption boxes, go to the bottom of the caption editing screen, click on the plus or minus signs. Once done, you’re ready to export your video; you will have a few export choices for captions. The first is to create a sidecar file that will allow your viewer to decide whether or not they want captions on the video. The second is to burn your captions into the video; in this case, the captions will automatically become a part of the video, and the viewer cannot turn them off. I choose this option because it makes it easier for those who might not know how to turn captions on will have them on the video already.

How to Use Picture-in-Picture Chrome Extension

Suppose you don’t have a TV or Tablet to watch a documentary or something while working can be frustrating. I have found a way to have a pop-out screen for when you are working on other things on your computer.

Like any Chrome extension, you have to go to the Chrome Web-Store and search Picture-in-Picture Extension. I use the one created by Google.

Once you add the extension to your browser, it is pretty easy to use. This can be used on any video streaming service whether that be Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and even Youtube. Start by going to where you’d like to the platform you will be watching on. I will be using Netflix as an example.

Click on the movie or show you’d like to watch. Once it starts playing, look to the right-hand corner of your web browser, there will be an icon with a music note attached to three horizontal lines.

Once you click on it will give you the option to click on picture-in-picture, making the video separate from the chrome browser.

However, the downside to this is if you have closed captioning on, it does not transfer over to the pop out screen. You can now resize the pop-out screen to whatever size you like allowing you to work and watch on one screen without obscuring overlap.