X-Title Extractor

FCP version 10.4.7 has issues with Motion Titles.
A description and workaround here.

The new version of X-Title Extractor (XTE) now includes the functionality of X-Title Caption Export (XTCE) and X-Title Caption Convert (XTCC) in one simple interface.
It is a unique tool which is incredibly simple to use and fast.

What makes X-Title Extractor unique?
It is the only available tool for FCP X to convert:

  • 'captioned projects' to 'titled/open caption projects'.
  • 'titled/open caption projects' to 'captioned projects'.
  • any FCP caption and most of Motion Template based titles to standard subtitle formats for social media, internet media platforms and Digital Cinema.
FCPX since version 10.4.1 allows to create and edit captions in the timeline with ease - you just can import CEA-608 SCC, iTunes iTT or SRT files directly into a project. This is a real huge step forward.
One can even use some AI Speech-To-Text apps to add captions directly in your titmeline.
Actions like adding captions, moving them, changing duration or splitting/joining captions work like a charm. FCP's Timeline Index, its role handling and the search capabilities put FCP above any NLE on the market. FCP's unique way to attach captions/subtitles to a "parent" makes it easier to handle captions when a project is still "under construction". So somehow FCP X even is easier to use and more feature rich than many of the dedicated subtitle editors. With versions 10.4.4 and later users additionally can handle "closed captions tracks" as "open caption tracks".

For those who like the simplicity of this handling but need more options this app is the right tool.

While FCP's "open caption features" are very limited XTE will give you freedom and full control over the appearance.

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The application includes some free Motion Title Templates and Motion Effects intended for use with subtitles or open captions. To learn more about them you can view a usage guide here.
But you are not limited to these templates. Beside supporting most Motion Titles XTE also supports Digital Heaven's DH_SubtitleX Motion Generator. DH_Subtitle is a popular subtitle generator since early days of FCP. With the launch of FCP X it was updated to DH_SubtitleX. Since the the release of FCP X 10.1 it is fully integrated into the X-Title group.

In case the application won't install it's Motion Templates (or for use on other machines) TextUp 2019 Templates and Effects

Supported conversions

  • SCC CEA-608 (font style, font color, background, basic alignment) to Title/DH Generator
  • ITT (font style, font color, background) to Title/DH Generator
  • SRT (font style, font color, background) to Title/DH Generator

  • Motion Title to ITT Caption (font style, font color, background)
  • Motion Title to SRT Caption (font style, font color, background)

Supported export formats (Any Caption format, DH_Subtitle, most Motion Title Templates)

  • Subrip SRT (font style, font color)
  • WebVTT (font style, font color, voice tags)
  • Spruce STL (font, font size, font style, horizontal alignment)
  • Adobe Encore Script
  • Avid DS Subcaps
  • Digital Cinema DCP Interop (font, font size, font style, horizontal alignment)

Related applications:
X-Title Importer (XTI) allows to import captions or titles for FCP X from Subrip SRT (font style, font color), WebVTT (font style, font color, voice tags), iTunes iTT and other DFXP/TTML formats, Spruce STL (font, font size, font style, horizontal alignment), Youtube SBV, Chapterlist, Final Cut Pro X XML (chapters extraction), untimed text from transcripts, Comma separated text CSV.
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Download here

Links to help files for uploading subtitle files to YouTube, Vimeo and other services:

Download XTE:
Even though the basic app is free with a limitation of 25 titles per role you might think about a donation to save some time for you and to support development.
Download XTE for Final Cut Pro X (OS 10.12+) Download XTE Legacy for Final Cut Pro X (OS prior to Mojave)- unsupported version

Activate your app:
  • Quit the X-title app.
  • Open the X-Title License.app on the installer disk.
  • Choose the license type – X-Title Importer/Extractor.
  • Replace the text in ALL text fields with the values you received with the license email (first entry / name, second entry / last name, serial number).
  • Verify.
  • Once everything is okay, save the values.
  • Open the X-Title app again.
Known issues:
FCP version 10.4.7 has issues with Motion Titles.
A description and workaround here.

  • Projects must start at 00:00:00:00
  • In certain situations subtitles(captions) in FCPX have to be in a "subtitle only" project.
  • Empty subtitles will be ignored for some templates.
  • DH_SubtitleX generators can't be converted to Captions.
  • Multiple text entry title templates are not supported - Only applies to Caption to Title conversion.
  • In some cases the application won't install it's Motion Templates. You can download an installer here: TextUp 2019 Templates and Effects
  • As always there might be other unknown issues. Please report those issues.


Fine print:
As always use the app on your own risk. I'm not responsible for any damages that might happen.
Support is based on a 'I've spare time this moment', so sometimes you may have to wait for a few days to get a response. But I'll do my best.

Apple Intel (the faster the better)
4096 MB RAM (more = better), enough space for virtual memory
MacOS X 10.12 +

What people are saying about the X-Title Tools

"I produced a series of instructional videos in Final Cut Pro X for a client. The videos had dozens of text captions appearing on screen throughout. The client wanted .srt files for each video and I found that X-Title Extractor seemed up to the job. I assigned all the on-screen titles to a single video role in FCPX, exported the XML file and imported that into X-Title, which generated the .srt file I needed, perfectly timed and formatted. X-Title Extractor probably saved me three or more days of work -- worth every penny!
—Erik J. Russell, President, Bona Vista Media, Inc"

"Awesome! Thank you so much! I love the app, thank you for making it!"

"Thanks for the fantastic tool!"

"Fantastic Andreas, what a brilliant community. I haven’t forgotten how, when I simply wanted an “untimed” version of XTitle, importer, you added it, as a feature there and then."

"OMG what a nice applcation!"

"So I love the formatting automation in the sugarfx plug. And the lesser steps. But having individual titles from XTI is such a plus. Now if I could just import the sbv with XTI that would be great."

"Congrats for the software, it really works well and better than FXFactory Subtitle."

"TEP, XTI and XTE are brilliant little applications that just work. In an elegant way too, with all the time hands on preview, so you’re sure you’re subs are there.These tools are the only ones that talk with everything. Even in the unstable landscape which FCPX is, XTI and XTE are the only safe havens. Actually, the subtitle templates Andreas developed are more stable than Apple’s!!!! - Patrick Janssens, long form documentary editor, Amsterdam."

"Fantastic! And as always with your products you can learn so much invaluable background stuff from the manual - an amazing resource. You're a hero."

"It’s a fabulous tool, exactly what I’m looking for "

"Your app is going to save me a lot of work - thank you for developing it."

"Thanks for your great work, It´s really helpful."

"Every day I get more and more smart about my decision of buying your software!"

"Thanks again for the magical software and your support!"

"I tried out your app and when I realized how easy it made subtitles in FCPX I had to donate. Thanks man! Super helpful."

"I love the X-Title importer. This is what i need for FCPX."

"Good job you did with creating this app."

"tried your software for an educational project and got immediately caught by its functionality and flexiblility. Adding subtitles to videos is always a boring process but now, thanks to X-Title Importer, it all became fast and effective. It definitely works like a charm. Great job, really!"

"We are approaching the end of our series, and couldn’t have done the subtitles at the speed at we did without XTI. Thank you for a great application! It genuinely simplified the mundane job of subs tremendously and allowed us precious time on other aspects of the creative process."

"I wish you good luck with your great program, that can safe people a lot of time."

"Thank you so much Andreas !!! I feel grateful knowing you, really... "

"OMG I finally can move out of SugarFX, I don't know how much time I've lost with them. Thank you !!!"

"My suggestion is to A) listen to Andreas Kiel - and B) find something he makes to BUY. We need to keep him financially viable so he stays around a long time to keep developing cool stuff for X. He's a treasure. My 2 cents. Bill Davis on Creative Cow"

Andreas Kiel
spherico (dot) mail (at) gmail (dot) com