Final Cut XML Subtitle Help!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by carbonmotion, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    Hello, I need to overlay a subtitle track on to a final cut project, but my needs are rather unique. I would like to have it so that a user can input time and text in to a word, Excel or Filemaker database and have final cut read the xml file and correctly place text on to final cut pro project as a video track. Is there a way to do that? Thanks for your help
  2. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    That looks like you want to use standard subtitle text file, as used in commercial subtitling for the deaf operations (they subtitle thousands of hours of tv footage per week), or in the fansubbing field. Both rely on storing subs as text files.

    Might be better to go ask on a fansub website how to feed a text file to FCP.

    One thing I've noticed is subtitling programs work much better on Windows than on OSX (the fansub devs all have PCs).

    I wouldn't expect FCP to accept a Word file - you need a plaintext file, or maybe a csv flatfile from a database. The data will look something like this:

    timecode,[position],[other info],subtitletext
    timecode,[position],[other info],subtitletext
    timecode,[position],[other info],subtitletext

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