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Text-Based Editing in Premiere Pro

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Learn how Text-Based Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro makes editing video as simple as copying and pasting text.

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Assemble your rough cut using Text-Based Editing
Follow along with a sample file to learn how to use Text-Based Editing in a few simple steps.

Text-Based Editing is an entirely new way to edit that makes creating rough cuts as simple as copying and pasting text. Included with your subscription, you can use it to edit a transcript and view the corresponding changes in the visuals.

Learn more about how to use Text-Based Editing.

Text-Based Editing begins by transcribing source footage. You can then select the text in the source transcripts to add video clips to the timeline, build the sequence, and switch to the sequence transcript to work on the rough cut. With Text-Based Editing, you can also copy and paste text to move clips in the sequence, delete pauses, and remove dialogue of any particular speaker in the transcript for faster cleanup.

Once you’re happy with your rough cut, you can use the video editing tools for trimming and refining your cuts and pacing, as well as for color grading, audio sweetening, and adding titles or graphics. Throughout your workflow, the sequence transcript serves as a handy navigation tool, and you can use it anytime to perform edits on your sequence.

Once you're done editing, you can use the sequence transcript to generate captions for your video.

How to transcribe source media

Follow these steps to transcribe all of your source footage.

  1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro and create a new project.

  2. Select the media you’d like to import.

  3. Under the Import settings panel in the upper-right corner, enable Automatic transcription and set the Transcription preferences to auto-transcribe all imported clips. You can also update your Language and Speaker labeling options as per your requirements.

  4. Select Import.

  5. Once your transcription is complete, open the Text-Based Editing workspace to review your transcripts. 

How to transcribe individual files

Transcription is required only for videos that include spoken dialogue. If you don’t need to transcribe all your source media, you can import the media normally and then transcribe specific files.

  1. Select the media you want to import and select Window > Workspaces > Text-Based Editing

  2. In the Project panel, double-click the clips you want to transcribe.

  3. Select Transcribe in the Text panel.

  4. In the Create transcription for source media window, select the Language and Speaker labeling based on whether or not you want Premiere Pro to separate speakers.

  5. Select Transcribe.

How to edit transcripts within Premiere Pro

  1. After transcribing the source clip using the Text panel, double-click the text you want to correct.

  2. Make the required corrections in the source text.

  3. Click away from the Text panel to save your changes.

Edit transcripts outside Premiere Pro


Use this method to make minor corrections, such as spelling. Don't delete or add new sections, as the imported file will not work.

  1. After transcribing the source clip using the Text panel, select the more menu   and select Export > Export to text file.

  2. Make the required corrections in the source text without changing the sequence of the text file.

  3. After the corrections are done, open the more menu   and select Import > Import corrected transcript (txt).

Add clips to the Timeline

Text-Based Editing allows you to perform three-point edits to build a sequence on the Timeline.

  1. In the Transcript window, read through the text or use search to find the content you'd like to use.

  2. Highlight the text in the transcript you want to use.

  3. Select Insert   to add the text into the sequence. 

  4. To add or replace (overwrite) a portion of the sequence with a new clip, select Overwrite   .

  5. Continue adding clips from source media until all clips you want to use are on the Timeline.

Just like three-point edits with source video, you can use the comma key (,) to add clips to the Timeline.

How to edit a sequence

As you add clips to the Timeline, Premiere Pro creates a new sequence transcript. You can use this new document to edit your rough cut.

  1. Select the Text panel to switch to the sequence transcript to continue editing.

  2. Copy or paste the transcript text to alter the clips. Your text edits will automatically be applied to the timeline.

  3. You can also cut or delete text to remove clips from the sequence. Premiere Pro automatically applies a Ripple Edit in the Sequence.

You can use the sequence transcript throughout your workflow to perform edits on your sequence.

Edit speaker names in transcript

Use the built-in spelling checker or search and replace feature to correct the spelling of uncommon words or names.

If there are multiple voices in a source file, select Speakers to add their names to the transcript.

Use the Edit speakers feature to update the names of dialogue speakers in your transcripts.

Multichannel audio support

With multichannel audio support, you can choose to transcribe an audio file using a specific channel or a mix of all channels. Some audio files have different microphones recorded on separate channels. This feature works with audio files in a multichannel mono format.

  1. Select the more menu   in the upper-right corner of the Text panel.

  2. Select Generate static transcript and open the Transcription Preferences dropdown.

  3. Under the Audio analysis option, select the microphone on which your audio was recorded.

  4. Select Transcribe.

UI showcasing the 'Generate static transcript' dialog box with the 'Mix' option selected for transcribing audio files with different audio channels.
You can choose to transcribe an audio file using a specific channel or a mix of channels.


Select the Mix option if two different speakers were recording on two separate microphones.

Filler Word Detection with bulk delete

Text-Based Editing allows you to detect “uh” and “umm” filler words and bulk delete them in transcripts.

  1. Select the   icon in the Transcript panel.

  2. Choose Text, Filler words, or Pauses to bulk delete.

  3. You can then choose to delete single instances or bulk delete any searched text, filler, or pauses. 

The Transcript tab of the Edit panel of Premiere Pro is shown. The filter icon is selected, which provides options to choose from Text, Filler words, and Pauses. The Text option is checked.
Find and delete text, filler words, and pauses in the transcript to make your clip sound cleaner and crisper.


You can adjust the minimum duration of pauses that Premiere Pro will detect by clicking on the three dots   in the top-right corner of the Text panel and selecting Transcript View Options.

Remove all instances of one speaker in the transcript

You can select all dialogue by a particular speaker in the transcript and choose to delete it from the video.

  1. Open the Transcript tab of the Text panel. Select the Filter   icon on the top-left corner and select Speakers.

  2. In the speaker drop-down menu, select the person whose dialogue you want to delete.

  3. Select Delete.

UI of the transcript tab shows the highlighted dialogues of the selected speaker.
Remove irrelevant dialogue from your timeline, especially interviewers or other off-camera conversations in unscripted content using Text-Based Editing.


You can only delete dialogue on a sequence or timeline. Footage cannot be deleted from source transcriptions.

Add markers in the Text panel

You can use markers in the Text panel to leave notes and place bookmarks in the transcript. 

  1. Select the three dots   in the top-right corner of the Text panel.

  2. Select Transcript View Options and make sure the box next to Markers is checked.

  3. Right-click the text you wish to highlight in the Transcript panel and select Add Marker.

UI showas a highlited text in the Transcript panel with Add Markers selected from the menu.
Create markers in the Text panel to quickly find moments of interest and share those with other collaborators.

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