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Extracting QT Text Tracks From Movies to Create Different Caption Formats

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Do you have a QuickTime movie that has a text track, but you need to somehow get the captions out to create another format, such as SRT for YouTube or SCC for broadcast TV or iOS devices? Today's your lucky day. I'll show you how easy it is to repurpose QT Text tracks from movies.

First of all, you'll need QuickTime Pro, which is a $30 upgrade to the QuickTime 7 Player from Apple.

Open your movie that has the text tracks in it and go to the Window menu and select Show Movie Properties.


In the Movie Properties window, select your text track (this one has 2 - one is French and one is English) and then click the Extract button.

It will extract the text track into a new movie. Kind of weird to have a movie that is nothing but text, but that's okay.

Now we're going to export this movie from QuickTime Pro.

Choose Text to Text from the pulldown menu. I've named the new file "french.txt".

Once it exports, you'll have a QT Text file that looks something li…

How to Add Captions to YouTube Videos

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It's really simple to add captions to your YouTube videos. If you're using MovieCaptioner, just use the YouTube export option...


This will create a text file with a ".srt" file extension, which you would upload to YouTube after you've uploaded your movie. Just click the CC button under your movie...

Then choose Add new subtitles or CC...
Select Upload a file...

Choose Subtitles file and find your SRT file that you exported from MovieCaptioner, then click Upload.

After the SRT file uploads, you'll see the captions on the right-hand side of the screen. Just scroll to the bottom and click the Publish button and you're done. Pretty simple. 

It will tell you your captions were published...  Now all you need to do is click the CC button on the playbar of your movie and enable your captions. 

Please give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download a free, fully-functional demo that is good for 14 days from http://www.synchrimedia.com. Please view the tutorial videos th…