Is it possible to style all open captions at once in Premiere Pro CC2017?
Since Adobe promotes the captions feature as a way to edit all captions in one place, I hope there actually is a way to style them all at once.
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Unfortunately no, and sadly there is not even an option to 'select all.'
I believe you can export the captions and load it into a program like Lemony to do you styling (better option anyways), and then import a alpha-channel file back in to Premiere (more on that below).
I have recently (about 2 months ago) started getting into subtilting or open captions for projects. And as of now I can say that I am very disappointed in Premiere's captioning system. If you are just doing 2-3 sentences its fine, otherwise I use a dedicated system for it.
My workflow is as follows
This workflow is extremely fast, and way better than dealing with Premiere's archaic captioning system. Especially Aegisub, which uses some wizardry to automagically select spoken 'text' by analyzing the waveform so that your subtitles meet an optimal length (characters per second) for reading based on the time of the selection.