Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

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Jonathan Duek

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Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 7:14 am

Hi!

Is there any way to export .SRT files from Resolve? I've used the text generator to create subtitles, and now I just need to export them.

Exporting an XML or FCPXML and importing it to FCPX doesn't work, because the format is still there but all the subtitles just say "Title". I also tried a site that I found, but I can't remember the name right now. It was supposed to work but it didn't.

As far as I'm aware, it's not yet possible to export .SRT from Resolve, how do you guys do it?
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 8:35 am

Not possible indeed , but what you could do if you want to finish in another software then Resolve and not redo all the text, is disable all other tracks and export the subtitles as a video with alpha channel so you can composite it on top in the other software.
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 9:05 am

Actualy forget that. I tried as i never do that (i create subs in other tool and import png's in resolve) and the text can only be rendered out on its own if turned into compound clip or nested in timeline. That way unfortunately they loose the alpha info in resolve, which is on everyones bug/request list since DR12. (for compounds in general to retain alpha).
You could of course still export it as a white text on black BG video and key in target app, but bit messy and could affect quality of text . Try it and see.
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 9:13 am

Actualy, i just tried to export it from DR14 as fcpx xml v1.6 and i do see the title info in there if i inspect the code.
If i import that in (my defunct but up to date copy of) FCPX (10.3.4) i do get the titles , only the font/size or position is messed up , but may be a default setting or something, at least you have the titles there. So i suggest you play more with it and see what works best/least amount of cleanup.
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 5:47 pm

I'm actually after the opposite. Need to import a .srt file into resolve. Tried the subsimple online tool but with no good results... The resulting xml didn't have the actual English subtitles, but a bunch of Chinese characters.
Any other way of doing this?
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostSun Oct 08, 2017 6:46 am

Found the tool I was looking for:
https://www.belle-nuit.com/belle-nuit-subtitler
It generates images, and its corresponding xml timeline.
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Jonathan Duek

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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostThu Oct 12, 2017 12:53 pm

I found out what the problem was! The reason SubSimple (Which was the program I was talking about) wasn't able to convert it to a .srt file, was because I had chosen the "M Lower 3rd" title. I switched to "Text" and manually inserted all the text into the new "Text" title, and I was able to convert it to .srt, and it the .srt file turned out great!
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Re: Exporting SRT-files from Resolve

PostSat Oct 14, 2017 11:36 am

Once you have final master and srt subs file run this:

ffmpeg -i "video source" -vf subtitles="'c\:subtitles.srt':'force_style=Fontsize=18','FontName=Arial',MarginV=25:fontsdir='C\:\\Windows\\Fonts'" -c:v prores -c:a pcm_s24le "out.mov"

it creates decent burned in subs. MarginV controls how high they are. You can play with it. Paths to subs and fonts dir look bit strange but they have to be like this.

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