Creating Animated Subtitles in ContentFries 2.0

Elevate your videos with Advanced Subtitle Animations

Choose from an array of sophisticated animation styles, incorporate refined word highlights or elegant backgrounds, and tailor them to seamlessly align with your content's core.

This feature is still in development, has a few limitations and is available only in ContentFries 2.0.

Workflow (In-depth Workflow available below)

1. Open up the beta version of ContentFries from your profile by clicking on "ContentFries 2.0";
2. Upload your video to ContentFries;
3. Proofread your video's transcript in legacy Context Editor;
4. Adjust caption timings and/or split captions by charaters/sentences/words in "Change subtitle timings" window if deemed necessary;
5. Click on "Fries" in the leftmost panel;
6. Hover over the fries icon next to the video;
7. Click on the "2." number in grey circle (with the grey circle in, in turn, yellow rounded rectangle);
8. Either click on the "Subtitles" layer or subtitles themselves;
9. Click on "Animations" tab;
10. Choose an animation style of your liking;
11. (Optional) Toggling "Apply word highlighter" recommended, toggling "Apply Word Background" optional;
12. Finally, click on "Export".

Not satisfied with captions displaying frequency or perhaps you noticed a typo?

1. Either click on the "Subtitles" layer or subtitles themselves;
2. Expand the "Subtitle source" option under "Text" tab in the rightmost settings panel;
3. Click on "Open in V1";
4. Make the necessary changes in the legacy context editor;
5. Repeat step 1. and 2.;
6. Click on "Sync subtitles".

In-depth Workflow

Accessing the second version of ContentFries

The second version of ContentFries provides more options and features than the first version of ContentFries.
It is accessible from your profile by clicking on "ContentFries 2.0", as highlighted in the picture below.

Uploading your video to ContentFries

Once you navigate to second version of ContentFries (as laid out in the previous step), you might notice that the interface is different.
Still, the process of uploading videos is similar or almost identical to uploading videos in the first version of ContentFries.

Click on "Upload New Content"

You can either click on "Upload New Content" or "Add New" to upload your file.

Click on "Contextualize (Upload as a Fry)

A window will appear. Choose the "Contextualize (Upload as a Fry) option.

Select your file to upload it

You can upload your video/audio file from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox or YouTube. You can also drag and drop your file(s) to the white outlined area (applies only to files you would upload from your computer) if you feel like that speeds up your workflow.

Proceed with uploading your file

Click on the little white arrow in the red rectangle to proceed with uploading your file.

Leave the "Generate Subtitles Automatically" toggled on, choose context(s) and click on "Finish"

In this last step, leave the "Generate Subtitles Automatically" toggled on (by doing so, we can almost guarantee the timings will be optimized for subtitle animations), choose any contexts you desire (choosing more than 1 context is fully optional, but might be beneficial—this depends on whether or not you are uploading your video(s) to more than one social media) and finally click on "Finish".

Proofreading video's transcript in legacy Context Editor

Now that your video has been uploaded, it is imperative to proofread the entire transcript. Fortunately, the transcript (given that it is in English) has an estimated accuracy of 90% and upwards, so it should not be necessary to make many adjustments or typo fixes. However, it is advisable to keep your eye on punctuation. Sometimes, periods will appear in place of commas and vice versa.

Advanced options in "Change subtitle timings" window

Once you proofread the transcript, you can click on the "Change subtitle timings" tab. This will open a window with various settings. Options include, but are not limited to:
Adjusting the number of words that appear in each subtitle;
Adjusting number of lines in each caption;
Forcing subtitles re-sync (applying this option removes spaces empty in between captions and also generally fixes incorrect or outright glitchy timings);
And perhaps even toggle "break words" (applying these will result in enforcing new caption wherever the set words are, e.g. if you set the word "on" as a break word, then one caption "There was a man on the hill" would be split to two captions—"There was a man" and "on the hill").

For the sake of this tutorial, we will take advantage of the "Split by words" option and split the captions into 3-word long captions each while toggling "1" in the "Max Lines Per Subtitle" option.

Since the total amount of words in the transcript is not divisible by 3, slight adjustments have to be made—1 caption will have to be 4-words long. The following image outlines the final structure of captions. Naturally, it is up to you to adjust or not adjust the structure of captions after taking advantage of some of the options in "Change subtitle timings" window.

Saving, locating and opening your video in new Context Editor

Once everything is done, be sure to save your video by clicking on the icon outlined in picture below and clicking on "Dashboard" afterwards.

Locating your video is extremely easy, since the newest video will always be on top of the list. Do make sure you are browsing the first page. Next, hover your cursor over the little fries icon. Number two will appear in yellow circle—click on it. Doing so will open your video in the new version of Context Editor.

Selecting the subtitles layer

Once you open your video in the new Context Editor, select the subtitles layer in the layers panel at the bottom of the application.

Further, you can remove or edit the headline to your liking. We will remove the headline for the sake of this tutorial.

Increasing font size, repositioning captions and accessing subtitle animations options

Before we proceed with applying animations, it might be beneficial to increase the font size and reposition the captions to the center. It might also be necessary to make the captions' background transparent.

Once done, click on "Animations" tab.

Applying and adjusting subtitle animations

Choose any of the animations available. For the sake of this tutorial, we will choose the option in green square.

Animation has now been applied. There are two ways of adjusting your captions—toggling on "Apply Word Highlighter" or toggling on both the aforementioned and also "Apply Word Background". While this choice is completely up to you, we will toggle on both of these options for the sake of this tutorial. Naturally, you can set the highlight color to any you like.

If you stumble upon an issue or if something does not seem to cooperate, refresh the page—it might resolve the issue.

Saving. exporting and downloading your video

Job done! Now all that remains is saving, exporting and downloading your video.

Updated on: 30/08/2023

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