DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 50 – Working with Captions/Subtitles

DaVinci Resolve 16 - Subtitle:Caption Featured

By Kevin P. McAuliffe

In our previous lesson, in our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we talked about Adjustment Clips, and the how and why you’re going to want to use them.  In this lesson, I want to talk about Captions/Subtitles, and how you’re going to add them to your timelines.

Inside of DaVinci Resolve, we’re fairly accustomed to adding new video and audio tracks to our timelines.  Now, however, when we right click in the track section of the timeline, you’ll notice that we now have another option to add a “Subtitle Track”.

DaVinci Resolve 16 - Create Subtitle:Caption

Once you’ve added the track, you need to add a new subtitle/caption to that track, and it is done very simply by right clicking on the track, and saying “Add Subtitle”.  Once it’s there, you’ll notice a new grey clip has appeared in your timeline, and any time you add a new video layer, the Subtitle/Caption track will always be the top most track.

DaVinci Resolve 16 - Subtitle:Caption on timeline

Now that you have it there, you can select the Subtitle/Caption, an you’ll now see that you have the ability to adjust the content of the captions, duration as well as quickly navigate through them by simply clicking the PREV/NEXT buttons in the inspector.

DaVinci Resolve 16 - Create Subtitle/Inspector

What’s important to keep in mind is that as great as this process is, it’s really in the exporting of the file, where things can fall off the rails.  For Subtitles, they are burned into the image, and it’s pretty much a “what you see is what you get type of thing. Captions require specific types of files to determine things like the type of captions (608/708/etc), as well as whether the captions can even be embedded at all (or exported as a separate file).

DaVinci Resolve 16 - Subtitle/Caption Export

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