Untimed Caption Tool

Working with NLE and captions using untimed text from a transcript, song text, lyrics, poem etc will be a tedious job. So I thought it would be handy to have a simple app which will handle the basic things simple and fast.

The app allows several working modes.
In the "Conversion Mode" you can convert text files either as "line by line" or as "text blocks" divided by a blank line to SRT, VTT or AVID Subcaps. Additionally Final Cut Pro ITT or SRT Caption XML are supported.
This will work with a simple "Drag'n Drop" of a file.

In the "Edit Mode" you can split text by sentences, wrap by "line length" and edit the transcription text with standard text tools before you "add timing".

In a third mode you can use an existing caption text file (SRT, VTT, AVID etc). Just paste the text into the app's text editor window, select the "character per lines amount" and fine tune. Then save the "wrapped" file.

A more detailed description with some help and examples is available here.

Supported file source formats

  • txt
  • rtf
  • doc
  • docx

Supported Caption formats

  • SRT
  • VTT
  • FCP Caption XML ITT
  • FCP Caption XML SRT

Related applications:

X-Title Exporter (XTE) allows to export titles or any type of captions from FCP X to WebVTT, Subrib SRT, Adobe Encore script, Avid DS Caption, Texas Instruments DCP and Spruce STL. Even more exciting: you can convert any closed caption track into an open caption track using the TextUp Motion Titles or a template of your choice. This makes it the perfect companion when working with Facebook or other social media. Last not least, Motion Title based open captions can be converted to SRT or ITT closed captions tracks with a snap of the fingers.
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X-Title Importer (XTI) allows to create 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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The app is free. You might think about a donation to save some time for yourself and to support development.

Download Untimed Caption Tool app (for OS 10.12.0 +)

  • 1.0.0 (8)

Known issues:

  • Saving/Converting already timed captions to timed captions will create useless results.
  • 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 Untimed Caption Tool

Wow, as always....great stuff!!!

this looks fab!

As always very creative, original and useful tools to make workflows easier. Thank you for this new tool.

After the Untimed Caption Tool please. Thank you for developing these great tools! :)

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