captions - shortcuts, etc

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I've read the Techsmith help section, and found nothing that helps me in the captions area. It says it is flexible, etc, but I find it hard to work with. I'm using Camtasia 2018 with Windows 10. 

1. I want to show 2 lines instead of 3.
2. How can I autosplit long script into equal parts (2 lines)?
2. How can I use some settings for some captions, but not global settings?
3. Flexible positioning. (which I understand Techsmith does not care about).
4. Missing shortcuts (start/pause/stop) while Syncing Captions.

I hope someone can help me finding the settings I'm looking for. I love Camtasia, but I'm afraid I must look elsewhere to fulfill my needs.
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Unfortunately, subtitles are generally not burned in anymore and are a function of the player.  Camtasia is good for basic synchronizing and playback; it's javascript based and doesn't fully implement everything in the 'their' code  (I assume Techsmith licensed it). Captioning should probably be thought of as a post production process. I think it's expected that 'most' video captioning is handled by the video portal player now.

Subtitle Edit is great external editor for converting subtitle formats. To my knowledge it doesn't offer much for customizing font formatting. It is good for correcting errors and line adjustment and export to SubRip (.srt) for Camtasia. I use Scenarist (.txt) or Avid DVD (.txt) [source view] to copy and paste between Excel for editors.

You might try Aegisub for formatting. Premiere has some ability to customize captions. FCP users have a extension (for purchase). There is no perfect solution and every solution seems to be sparse on documentation.