Creating Animated Captions with AI and Final Cut Pro

Storylines allows you to easily create and customize AI-generated captions, aligning them, choosing fonts and colors, adding logo overlays, and exporting the final product to Final Cut Pro or as an MP4 for seamless sharing on social media.

Robbie Janney
May 16, 2024

Fun fact: did you know that 70% of people watching videos online actually don't watch videos with the sound on?

Captions are a really good way to convey your information in your video without the viewer having to listen to the audio part as well. Most people recommend having captions on your content that is available on social media.

So let's create some captions in Storylines, and afterwards we will export them to Final Cut Pro to refine the video further.

Creating Your AI Video Captions in Storylines

To begin creating automatic AI captions in Storylines, click the CC button at the top right of the screen.


You can align your captions to either to bottom, middle, or top of your video.

To change the alignment, click the CC button, and select Alignment to choose from our alignment options.

Font Choices

Storylines has 6 different font options to choose from:

  1. Ariel Black. The meat and potatoes of fonts. It's lovely. It's normal. It's what everyone uses.
  2. Bangers Regular. Your go-to TikTok font. You see a lot of popular content creators using this font.
  3. Madimi One Regular. A little bit more Pinterest style. It's soft around the edges. Great for millennials that want to make their content look esthetically pleasing.
  4. Poppins Regular. A thinner font, if you don't want your captions to be too apparent or distracting.
  5. Russo one. If you got yourself a sci-fi podcast, this one vaguely looks like the font that someone would use in a TV show that I can't name for copyright reasons. It starts with an S and ends with R Trek.

Now, you can pick your font size of your preference.

Caption Colors

So let's talk about primary, active and inactive colors.

Your primary color is what the stasis color of your captions are going to be.

Your active color is going to be the current word that is being spoken. So that's going to make the animation. Essentially every word you speak, the active color is going to go along the captions.

So inactive color is going to be words that have not been activated yet, but they change back to the primary color once they have been activated.

Logo Overlays

A neat thing you can also do in storylines is put in a logo overlay. So if you have a logo for the company that you're editing a video for, you can upload it here.

Upload your logo by clicking the "upload logo" button and importing a .png of your logo.

You can place the logo on the top left, top right, bottom right, or bottom left.

Exporting Your Captions to Final Cut Pro

Since Final Cut doesn't have AI animated captions, Storylines makes it easy to add them to your Final Cut project.

To export the animated captions to Final Cut, click Export Project on the top right.

Then, click Final Cut Pro and then click the Include Animated Captions. Export the project.

That's going to create a transparent video layer that you can download along with your XML and your source video.

To import into Final Cut Pro, go to File > Import > XML. Then, select your XML.

And now that you're in Final Cut, you have ability to add all of your graphics, logos, whatever you would like to to make this personalized. And your own.

Exporting An Mp4 Directly From Storylines

If you feel like your video is ready to go and there's nothing else to edit within your editing software, you can also just export an MP4 video right from Storylines. That's also going to have burned in captions, so it's going to be immediately postable to any of your social media profiles.

Select mp4 video, download it, and a few minutes you'll get that download link in your email.

Why Use Storylines For Automatic AI Captions?

These animated captions can be a bore in your editing software, so storylines makes it easy to make automatic captions and bring them into your editing software.

Now everyone has accessibility to watch all of your videos without sound, and you have still maintained creative control over every single aspect of this process.

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