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Caption Greyed Out Adobe Premiere Pro - 1 SIMPLE Fix!

If the option to turn on captions in Premiere Pro is greyed out, it can be due to a variety of issues. In this guide, we'll go over how to diagnose the problem in order to be able to enable captions again.

January 26, 2023
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Troubleshooting greyed out captions in Adobe Premiere Pro

Captions can be a helpful tool for adding subtitles or closed captions to your video projects in Adobe Premiere Pro. However, if the captions are greyed out and not showing up in the program, it can be frustrating and make it difficult to edit your video. There are several possible causes for this issue, and fortunately, there are also several steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.

One possible cause of greyed out captions in Premiere Pro is that you don't have a caption file imported into your project. To add captions, you will need to have a caption file in your project. Make sure that you have imported a caption file, and that it is in a supported format such as SCC, MCC, or SRT.

Another possible cause of this issue is that the caption file is not properly formatted. Caption files need to be formatted correctly in order for Premiere Pro to recognize and display them. Check the formatting of your caption file to ensure that it is correct.

In addition, you may need to enable the captions in the Essential Graphics panel and the Timeline panel. To turn on the captions, select the caption file in the Project panel, then click the Toggle Animation button in the Essential Graphics panel and the Toggle animation for the Caption component in the Timeline panel.

If you are still having trouble with greyed out captions in Premiere Pro, you may want to try resetting the preferences for the program. To do this, go to the "Edit" menu and select "Preferences > General." Then click the "Reset Preferences on Startup" button and restart Premiere Pro. This will reset the program's preferences to their default settings, which may resolve any issues you are experiencing. Overall, troubleshooting greyed out captions in Premiere Pro may require a bit of trial and error, but by following these steps and examining the possible causes of the issue, you should be able to resolve it and get your captions working properly.

Why can't I add caption in Premiere Pro? - Captions option is greyed out

There could be several reasons why you might not be able to add captions to Adobe Premiere Pro. Some possible causes include:

You don't have a caption file imported into your project

To add captions, you will need to have a caption file in your project. You can create a new caption file by going to the "File" menu and selecting "New > Captions."

The caption file is not in the correct format

Premiere Pro supports a variety of caption file formats, including SCC, MCC, and SRT. Make sure that your caption file is in one of these formats.

The caption file is not properly formatted

Caption files need to be formatted correctly in order for Premiere Pro to recognize and display them. Make sure that your caption file is formatted correctly.

You have not enabled the captions in the Essential Graphics panel

To turn on the captions, you will need to select the caption file in the Project panel and then click the Toggle Animation button in the Essential Graphics panel.

You have not enabled the captions in the Timeline panel

To turn on the captions in the Timeline panel, you will need to click the Toggle animation for the Caption component.

How do I turn on captions in Premiere Pro?

To turn on captions in Adobe Premiere Pro, you will need to make sure that you have a caption file imported into your project. If you don't have a caption file, you can create one by going to the "File" menu and selecting "New > Captions."

Once you have a caption file in your project, do the following:

  1. Select the caption file in the Project panel.
  2. In the Essential Graphics panel, click the Toggle Animation button.
  3. In the Timeline panel, click the Toggle animation for the Caption component.

This will turn on the captions and display them in the Program monitor. You can then use the controls in the Essential Graphics panel to adjust the appearance and timing of the captions.

If you don't see the Essential Graphics panel, you can enable it by going to the Window menu and selecting "Essential Graphics."