Simon Says has added share destination support so you can easily caption, title, and subtitle your Final Cut Pro X project.
Simon Says has supported just dragging the FCPX project to the Simon Says FCPX extension but because of complex project structures, the FCPXML can get incredibly complex with numerous permutations. It isn't as reliable and thus we have added Simon Says as an FCPX share destination.
Share destination, on the other hand, first exports our an FCPX project to a file and then Simon Says takes over and transcribes and translate it. Then you can roundtrip back to FCPX by dragging the Titles or Captions icon.
Install Simon Says share destination for FCPX
- Open the "Simon Says" application from the "Applications" folder. You need v2.9 or later. If you haven't downloaded or upgraded it yet, do so here.
- Open the menu "Simon Says Transcription" and select "Add to FCPX share destination" and follow the messages/steps. Once installed, restart FCPX if it is open.
If you don't see the add share destination option: you have already installed Simon Says as a share destination in FCPX and you should go to step 3.
Or you are on an older version of the Simon Says application and you should upgrade it.
Use FCPX Share Destination to caption, subtitle and translate your FCPX Project.
3. Once you've successfully installed Simon Says share destination: Open the Simon Says application from the "Applications" folder. Open Final Cut Pro X and select your FCPX project that you want to caption and title.
4. Click the share destination icon in FCPX. This icon looks like an export icon and is in the upper right of FCPX. Click it and then choose "Simon Says Transcription".
5. For speed to transcode and upload, we recommend choosing "Audio only" in the "Settings" option.
6. Then go to "Roles" and enable the "Dialogue" roles and disable all other roles such as Music. You will have much better transcription and translation accuracy if the audio is clean dialogue rather than a mix with sound effects and music.
7. Click "Next". FCPX will render the export and you can see the progress in the background tasks window. Once complete, FCPX will send this file to the Simon Says application (not the Simon Says FCPX extension) which should be open.
8. Click Transcribe when ready. Pay or use credit. Cost is based on the duration of your project.
9. Once Simon Says has transcribed the file, click export in Simon Says. Choose the FCPX icon and the option (titles or captions) that you desire.
If you want to translate the subtitles to other languages, you can also do it from the export screen and then choose the relevant languages and click export.
Drag the purple circle icon back to your FCPX event which contains the relevant project. The metadata and media should reattach. Click the FCP project and you should see the light blue captions or purple titles on the timeline.
TaDa!! Your FCPX project now has subtitles, captions, and titles!!
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