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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 25 Mar 2020 15:10 #105607

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I created captions within FCPX. Everything went smoothly and then when I exported the video I had it create a separate .SRT file. That file apparently doesn't work for Vimeo or YouTube even though they claimed it would. Vimeo ignores it and YouTube says there are errors on 2 lines (end of explanation). Is anyone doing this successfully that can give me a hint what I'm missing here? Thanks in advance.

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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 25 Mar 2020 16:36 #105608

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YouTube probably is right - from their point of view.
You could try a freeware like Jubler to verify your SRT.
One important thing: any special special character like @ or note signs will/can cause trouble.

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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 25 Mar 2020 16:44 #105609

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Thanks for the suggestion. My biggest frustration is that Apple has this very cool process to create captions and then the outputted file doesn't work on either of the top 2 video streaming services. Is this a bug? I'm going the 3rd party captioning solution for now (with deadlines & such to deal with) but I'd definitely like to know if FCPX's captioning functionality works or not. I don't think going into the code of the captions file should be necessary.

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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 25 Mar 2020 17:20 #105614

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Even though there are lot of "not so perfect things" using captions/subtitles with FCP I'd say Apple for these things is the the most reliable.
YouTube and Vimeo are very picky to have a very simplified file (Netflix very restrictive in other concerns) - so it's probably not an FCP error. But it might be an user error not be informed enough about restrictions, rules etc ;-)
Try to export SRT without formatting (YouTube and Vimeo don't like it - Facebook, etc either). Double check with another app.
For YouTube you might try an scc file.

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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 25 Mar 2020 20:58 #105622

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Okay, I finally figured it out. For me the key was exporting the SRT file with it being both unformatted and exact timing. That seems to give the file format that Vimeo & YouTube like. Hope that helps someone else down the road.

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Trouble generating valid SRT captions file for Vimeo or YouTube 26 Mar 2020 01:01 #105626

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The main thing really is to have NO formatting applied to the SRT.

Another thing I do now so one SRT works across Youtube and Facebook and Vimeo is to add a country code to the filename. eg. 'Master-Annabelle.en_GB.srt' where en_GB stands for English UK.
Country codes list here: www.facebook.com/help/1528795707381162?helpref=faq_content

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