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Check that each caption line is less than a maximum width

When making captions, you currently have to guess and see if your caption is actually going to fit in the allocated space, through trial and error. It'd be great to be able to determine a standard width and have InqScribe automatically set the window width so you could see if you're going to break the caption line without having to repeatedly export and scroll through the entire movie.

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  • Ted Maynard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The issue with setting the Transcript width is that you can't easily tell if the lines are breaking because you added a return in the right spot or because they are wrapping naturally. A guide that you could pull out would be much more useful. That way you could leave the window set wide, easily see what lines have carriage returns on them, and not have to add returns to all of the time codes.

  • Kirsten S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Wow, I can't believe I didn't clue in to that before. *facepalm*
    Thanks very much for the heads-up - I'll give it a whirl next time.

  • AdminEric Baumgartner (Developer, InqScribe) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can do this now, although it's not perfect.

    Set the font and size in your transcript to what you will use for your subtitles. Then use the Transcript > Set Transcript Width... dialog to set the width, in pixels, for the text field in the main window. This should give you a good feel for where your captions will wrap.

    This works best if you add a return after each time code, so the time codes aren't included in the line (they will throw off the wrapping). For example:

    [00:00:00]
    My first caption
    [00:00:05]

    [00:00:10]
    My second caption
    [00:00:15]

    We're open to exploring better ways to preview captions, but this approach works in many cases.

    Hope that helps.

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