Wooohooo. With Simon Says and a couple of clicks you can now easily transcribe clips and timelines natively in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Then receive markers (which attach to clips) and subtitles (which attach to sequences).

Transcribe clips and subtitle timelines in DaVinci Resolve with Simon Says

Requirements

  • Mac computer with DaVinci Resolve v16 or above installed. We support both free and paid versions of Resolve.
  • Latest Simon Says macOS app downloaded and installed:
  • The python scripts correctly downloaded and installed:

Install the Python Scripts

  1. Install the four Python scripts (*.py and *.pyc) to one of these locations:

All users (recommended):

/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Fusion/Scripts/Comp/Simon Says

or Single user:

~/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Fusion/Scripts/Comp/Simon Says

2. Open DaVinci Resolve and check the scripts are in the menu Workspace / Scripts / Simon Says

How-To Transcribe Clips and Subtitle Timelines

Video overview:

Make sure to open both Resolve and Simon Says applications.

1. Transcribe Clips and attach markers to them

a. index the clips in your Resolve bin

  • select a bin with clips
  • go to the menu Workspace / Scripts / Simon Says and select "1a Transcribe Clips in Bin"
attach markers to clips in Resolve with Simon Says

  • once it indexes, open the Simon Says Mac app and a new project will have been created. Simon Says then transcodes and uploads the clips for transcription.
  • click "Transcribe" in the Simon Says Mac app and pay.
  • once Transcription is complete, click Export, choose the Resolve icon, and choose "Markers".
markers in Resolve

b. reconnect transcript to the clips in Resolve

  • go back to Resolve. From its menu Workspace / Scripts / Simon Says, select "1b Attach Transcript Markers to Clips"

TaDa, markers will seamlessly reconnect!

Advanced: you can make edits in Simon Says, such as add notes and speaker names and they will intuitively and appropriately roundtrip back to Resolve.

2. Caption/Subtitle your Edit

Caption and subtitle (including translated subtitling of) your timeline:

  • make a timeline active in Resolve
  • go to the menu Workspace / Scripts / Simon Says and select "2 Subtitle-Caption Timeline"
subtitle and caption Resolve timelines with Simon Says

  • once it exports, open the Simon Says Mac app and a new project will have been created. Simon Says then uploads the exported timeline for transcription.
  • click "Transcribe" in the Simon Says Mac app and pay.
  • once Transcription is complete, click Export. (If you are looking to translate, do it at this step.) Choose SRT subtitles. It downloads to your Downloads folder. Unzip it.
Subtitles for Resolve

  • go back to Resolve and locate the downloaded SRT file and import it

TaDa, captions / subtitles will seamlessly reconnect!

subtitle your Resolve timelines

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