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  • Trouble Importing SCC files into Premiere Pro

  • Brian Quass

    June 5, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Hi. I have created scc caps for many years (using Swift Create) and recently thought I’d import my scc files into Premiere Pro (2022) and see how they look when I play them back there (partly because I’m now using PP to convert my scc-608 files to scc-708). To my surprise, the timing of the caps is out of sync after import. I’m trying to find out why. Tried many things, spent 2 hours with an Adobe rep, who didn’t seem to know much about scc encoder build-up times and 608/708 variants. Poked around all possibly relevant settings on PP for an hour. Really beginning to think that a Zoom session would be great with someone who knows both caps and PP. But as this isn’t a job forum, I’ll just ask if someone has any idea why the SCC-608 caps are out of sync after importing into PP.

  • Brian Quass

    June 6, 2022 at 2:14 am

    It’s not just the timing that is screwed up when I import scc files to Premiere Pro. It also messes up the words! Some of this seems to be due to the fact that the first caption with text is “roll-up,” not “pop-on” like the rest. PP can’t seem to handle that.

  • Brian Quass

    June 6, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    I almost feel like I’m the victim of a practical joke.

    PP utterly DESTROYS my scc files:

    When I import scc files:

    Center-justification is changed to left.

    Italics are removed.

    Roll-up captions “blend over” into the captions that follow them, creating typos.

    Timing is changed so that 2-second caps have less than 20 frames of appear time.

    It makes me think that PP is not designed to work with real Line 21 scc captions,

    just with whatever the user creates inside PP itself.

  • Brian Quass

    June 6, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Okay, I finally got a callback from Adobe. It turns out that Premiere Pro is not designed to import SCC files UNLESS those SCC files were created in Premiere Pro.

    I wish they had told me that up front. I do not think they make that clear in their documentation either — or at least I never noticed that clarification. Adobe seemed to be defensive about this. To confuse matters, they kept blaming it on my software, without telling me that PP won’t import SCC files from ANY outside caption creation system.

    So in some sense, Adobe doesn’t use real SCC files at all, since legitimate SCC files cannot even be imported into Premiere Pro.

    They use a format that is tweaked to be proprietary, I guess.


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