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  • Add closed captioning files to sequence in FCP7?

    Posted by Tom Matthies on July 29, 2010 at 4:23 am

    It’s late and I’ve been editing all day so I’m going to have to forgo an extensive search for info tonight and just throw this out to the herd.

    I have a client who just called me (at 11pm) and needs to add closed captioning to a program as quickly and cheaply as possible (what else is new?). I can get either a .cc or a .scc file from a local company quickly. Although I have Final Cut 7 (the entire Studio set) in house, I haven’t loaded it up yet. I just never seem to have the time. It’s my understanding that it’s possible to add a closed caption file within FCP7 and output a complete program to a master TAPE(NOT a DVD). Is this correct? This is, of course, a total rush project hence the lack of time for proper research. If this is possible, I’ll clone my system drive and update the clone with the new studio package. (no time for a clean install-I’ll attempt an upgrade of the software-yikes!) If this is possible, can someone point me to a quick work flow to save time? I’ll do more research tomorrow morning when I re-enter the world of the living after I get some sleep tonight.
    Thanks in advance…G’night.

    Matthew Campagna replied 12 years, 7 months ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    July 29, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Well, sorry to say that you aren’t going to be able to do this with FCP alone. Nope. You will need to purchase MacCaption, and that runs about $8000 for the HD version. And you will need a capture card like the Matrox MXO2 or AJA Kona LHi or Kona 3.

    You will need to use MacCaption to embed the caption file into the QT, and make sure that the captions hit correctly. for more info you need to contact these guys:


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  • Shane Ross

    July 29, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Oh, and you might get better assistance on this forum…


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  • Bouke Vahl

    July 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

    FCP 7 does allow for this!

    Haven’t tried it with HD, but in SD, you DO NOT NEED cpc stuff.
    And it works just fine over firewire.

    Make sure your SCC file is zero based.
    (Meaning, even if your tape starts at 10:00:00:00, your CC file needs to start at 00:00:00:00.

    If you use ‘print to video’, you get an option to point at your .SCC file.
    Dump to tape, monitor the output of your recorder with a CC enabled monitor.

    Simple as that.

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  • Shane Ross

    July 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Really Bouke? That’s cool to know. Dv only then, via FireWire?


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  • Bouke Vahl

    July 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    No idea if it’s DV only, but DV is all i had to test.

    Run a test yourself. Get the demo from Subbits from my site.
    Switch it into CC mode, and create a few titles.
    Export to .SCC (you’re limited to 8 titles with the demo), and spit it out…

    (I don’t have to tell you that you should disable blanking on your deck….)

    Funny thing is, i’m from the Pal side of the world where there is no CC 🙂

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  • Chris Borjis

    July 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I use automaticsync for that.

    submit a transcript and an audio clip, they send you an animation quicktime with the cc data on line 21. import and edit to tape. captioning has never been easier (SD ONLY)

  • Jason Livingston

    July 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Shane,
    Thanks for mentioning CPC! I just wanted to chime in that you mentioned the price of our highest end Enterprise-level software. CPC does have a lot of HD closed captioning software which is much cheaper than this! We also offer captioning and conversion services for smaller jobs. Please contact us directly for more information.


    Jason Livingston
    CPC Closed Captioning

  • Tom Matthies

    July 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for the responses.
    This is a standard Def project to be distributed to stations on Beta SP.(it’s a regional show running in 5 markets) I can output to master either thru an AJA IO or a Kona LHi wia component analog. I have a sample .scc file from the caption company so I’ll clone my system drive and attempt the upgrade to Studio 3 on that disk. If there are problems, I can revert back to the original disk. If it works, I’ll simply boot from the clone when I need to layout to tape and do the proper upgrade path when things settle down a bit. If it doesn’t like the upgrade I will use the cale cloned disk, wipe it and do a clean install of the OS and Studio 3 along with the required drivers, utilities and stuff. I’ve also been sitting on my copy of Snow Leopard. Might be a good time to give that a try also.
    I do happen to have a broadcast closed caption decoder (don’t ask)to check the output from the deck’s composite video out after layout.
    Sounds like a simple solution. I’ll post back how it works in a few days.

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.–Ferris Bueller

  • Matthew Campagna

    September 7, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I have been out of the analog video world for awhile, so I would like to refresh my memory regarding blanking and closed captioning (some could say I’m blanking on blanking).

    Does blanking surpress the transfer of CC?

    If I am exporting a FCP sequence with line 21 already embedded in the quicktime video, then is there a setting I need to enable/disable to allow the output of the CC?

    Thank you in advance for your insights,

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