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Subtitling longform productions with Subtitle Edit Pro and FinalSRT


Subtitling isn't one of the most glamorous sides of post production, but is has to be done. These inexpensive tools should make the task easier and cheaper.

We don't do much subtitling, just the odd set of translations when a different language interview appears. You can of course use one of the built-in templates in FCPX or, as we do use the 14:6 and 16:9 subtitle tool in the XEffects Toolkit.

That might be fine for a few, but what about the task of subtitling a larger production or even a movie?

The key here is making and using a SubRip or .SRT file.

There are two applications from Somac that when used together will provide an inexpensive and quick way to get production subtitled.

Subtitle Edit Pro creates an SRT by the user selecting a range on an imported movie and either tapping in the text or correlating it to an imported text file. This $30 app from the Mac App Store looks incredibly easy and quick to use. The name and the logo attracted us to their product and although it doesn't directly work with FCPX, you will see the benefits later.




  • Waveform Operations: Double click to play, one click to stop. Dragging to make timecode. Drag the edge to adjust timecode. Double click on subtitle to edit text. —Text View Operations: It’s a standard Plain Text Editor. Click timecode to jump. Use arrow key on keyboard to shift timecode forward or backward.
  • Warning Triangle: Too many letters per line OR Too many letters per second.
  • Delete timecode to merge subtitles and hit return key to split up a subtitle to two subtitles.
  • Command+JKL to step forward/backward specific frames.
  • Option+JKL to fast forward/backward.
  • MP4, MOV, M4V without DRM, 3GP and most audio format supported.
  • Subtitle overlay to the movie for reference.
  • Support multiple line subtitles.
  • Basic formatting supported: Italic, Bold, Underline and Font Colour.
  • Set starting timecode.
  • Adjust timecode to any HHMMSSFF.
  • All drag and drop supported.


Having successfully built an SRT file, you have two options, soft or hard subtitles. Soft subtitles use the SRT file when a programme is transmitted or built into a DVD or Blu Ray with the viewer having the option to turn the titles on or off.

Hard subtitles burns in the text to the movie. This is where the second application from Somac helps. Final SRT is a $15 application that merges an SRT file with Final Cut Pro X or FCP7 XML. 


So by using a combination of Subtitle Edit pro and FinalSRT, you can have an inexpensive and elegant way of getting subtitles onto a movie in FCPX. All for just $45. Got to love the FCPX ecosystem!

One caveat here, it all looks very cool, especially Subtitle Edit Pro, so before buying the apps we suggest you watch the videos and take a look the respective website pages. We have not tested the combination out.

If you do use these apps, we would love to hear from you in the comments.



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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