Short tutorials on how to add captions and subtitles to your media 

 

 

 
Right-click on the mpeg from the V1 track.

Select "Import Line 21 File"
 
Browse to your scc file.
 
Burn your DVD.
 
Verify closed captioning with standard DVD player or with VLC player. 
 
Please follow the below link for information on DVD/Blu-Ray closed captioning: faq.htm

 

 
Right-click on Subtitle Track 1 (S1).

Select "Import Subtitle File…"

Browse to your STL file.

Preview the subtitles prior to burning by moving over the cursor over the track.

Burn your DVD

Verify subtitles with a standard DVD player or with VLC player.


 

 
Log into your YouTube account to upload a srt file for the video.

Click on the Video Manager >> Uploads to see all the videos you uploaded. You will see a screen similar to one below.

YouTube Captioning

Now click on the little triangle icon next to the button "Edit" for the video you would like to add captions to. You will see one of the items is "Captions" in the pull down menu.

YouTube caption 

Now click on "Add a new track". Then click on "Upload a file". Browse for the .srt file for the video.

Tips:
You can delete a .srt file if you want to modify it and upload a new one.

You can upload multiple .srt files for different languages.  Just load .srt files by clicking on "Add a new track" and assigning different languages.One example is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9ifJQI7LQo

YouTube Caption


 
 

 
Click on the mpeg under the assets tab 

Then check the time code on the video asset tab on the far right side of the screen. 


 

SD/HD Captioning with FCP7 and Edit to Tape


 

Go to File, then select Edit to Tape.

Click on the Mastering Settings tab.

At the bottom of the Mastering Settings window, check the box for Insert closed captioning data from file.

Click on the folder icon below the checked box and browse to the SCC (SD output) or the DTV 608/708 mov (HD output).

Then proceed with the Edit to Tape process.


 

 

Importing the AAF

 
Go to File, select Import, then select the AAF file.

Right-click on your sequence and select New Data Track (D1).

Drag the AAF file to the Data Track and then proceed with output to tape.


 

Importing Captions (.scc) in Adobe Premiere CS5


 

Click on the sequence, and then select Sequence > Closed Captioning > Attach File.

Then browse to either the scc or the mcc.

To display attached closed captions, go to the Program Monitor's panel menu and select "Enable" under the "Closed Captioning Display" option.


 

Importing Captions (.scc) in Adobe Encore CS5


 

Once your mpeg is on the timeline, hold either Option (Mac) or Alt (PC) and left click on the video portion of the mpeg.  After doing so, the Video Clip Properties will appear on the upper right-hand side of the screen:

Under the Closed Caption section of Video Clip Properies, click on Browse to locate and load your SCC:

 

Then proceed with DVD authoring.  Test your closed captioning with VLC Player or a consumer DVD player.


 

Importing Subtitles in Adobe Encore CS5


 

Once your mpeg is on the timeline, right-click on the subtitle track located below the audio track. Select Import Subtitles, select Text Script, then browse to the text script:

 

After you select the text file, the Import Subtitles window will appear.
This tool enables the user to set the font, size, positioning…etc of the subtitles.

After the subtitle attributes are set, the import is complete and the user can preview the
subtitles by scrolling over the mpeg track:


 

Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro 7 output to tape with closed captions


 

This applies to output of SD and HD with closed captioning using AJA's Kona, BlackMagic DeckLink, and Firewire to DV tape.
 
While performing "edit to tape" a message may appear stating the following:

If this happens you will not be able to transfer closed captioning data to tape.  You must verify a few setting in Final Cut Pro in order to get past the Warning message.
 
First place to check is your sequence settings.  To go to these setting select your sequence in Final Cut Pro 7 and go to top menu Sequence>Settings…

Verify that you resolution and frame rate are closed captioning compatible.
The following resolutions are closed caption compatible.
 
For DV Firewire -
720x480
29.97
 
For SD with AJA and BlackMagic -
720x486
29.97
 
For HD with AJA and BlackMagic-
1280x720  and 1920x1080
29.97 and 59.94
 
Sometimes Final Cut Pro 7 video output may need to be re-initialized. 
To do this go to top menu Final Cut Pro>Easy Set Up.

  

Make sure that you select caption compatible frame rate and resolution.  This will also refresh your output mechanism and allow you to get past the "Warning" message. 
 
Finally, use "Print to tape" just to verify that the "warning" message is no longer in the way.  If it no longer appears then proceed to "Edit to tape" and output to tape with closed captioning.

   

For caption compatible AJA cards make sure that in the AJA control panels that VANC is selected in the format tab when outputting to HD video (720 or 1080i).  If outputting to SD video make sure that VANC is NOT selected.


 

Tape-based Closed Captions


 

For updates on this page, please check CPC/Telestream Knowledge Base

Important note:  Even if you are using a listed NLE below, these instructions are only for output to tape via that particular NLE system.  This doe not apply if you are outputting to a file instead of going to tape.

  • HD tape formats that support closed captions:  HDCAM (SR), XDCAM HD (via HD-SDI to a deck), DVCPRO-HD, D5
  • HD tape formats that do NOT support closed captions: HDV, XDCAM EX, P2
  • HD tape decks must be configured to record VANC line 9 (usually disabled by default).  For Sony decks please see Sony_HD_Deck_Settings.html.

 

 

 

Tape output Via FCPX (using 3rd party playback software)

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

QuickTime DTV 608/708 track via AJA VTR Xchange software

Black movie via AJA VTR Xchange software

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

Matrox 4VANC file via Matrox Vetura software

Matrox 4VANC file or black movie via Matrox Vetura software

Blackmagic

N/A

Black movie via Media Express software

Other hardware / unknown

N/A

Black movie via 3rd party playback software

Tape output Via FCP7

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

QuickTime DTV 608/708 track

*only 1080i 29.971 or 720p 59.94 in FCP7;

other formats like 24p 30p etc. can be output via AJA VTR Xchange software

SCC file or black movie

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

Matrox 4VANC file

Matrox 4VANC file or black movie

Blackmagic

QuickTime DTV 608/708 track

*note: 1080i 29.971 or 720p 59.94 only; other frame rates not possible

SCC file or black movie

Firewire (DV)

N/A

SCC file

Other hardware / unknown

N/A

Black movie


Tape output Via FCP6 or earlier

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

N/A

Black movie

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

Matrox 4VANC file

Matrox 4VANC file or black movie

Blackmagic

N/A

Black movie

Firewire (DV)

N/A

Encode DV movie (full res)

Other hardware / unknown

N/A

Black movie

Tape output Via Premiere Pro CS 5.5 or later

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

MCC file

SCC file or black movie

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

Windows: MCC file

Mac: Matrox 4VANC file

Windows: SCC file or black movie

Mac: Matrox 4VANC file or black movie

Blackmagic

MCC file

SCC file or black movie

Firewire (DV)

N/A

SCC file

Other hardware / unknown

N/A

Black movie


Tape output Via Premiere Pro CS 5.0 or earlier

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

N/A

Black movie

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

N/A

Black movie

Blackmagic

N/A

Black movie

Firewire (DV)

N/A

Encode DV movie (full res)

Other hardware / unknown

N/A

Black movie

Tape output Via Avid Media Composer 6.0 or later

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

Avid Mojo DX and Nitris DX

AAF file

Black movie

AJA Kona 3/LHi, Io HD, Io XT

N/A

Black movie

Matrox MXO2 / MXO2 LE

(not MXO2 mini)

Windows: N/A

Mac: Matrox 4VANC file

Windows: Black movie

Mac: Matrox 4VANC file or black movie

Blackmagic

N/A

Black movie

Other Avid hardware (Adrenaline, etc.)

N/A

Black movie


Tape output Via Avid Media Composer 5.0 - 5.5

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

Avid Mojo DX and Nitris DX

AAF file

Black movie

Other Avid hardware (Adrenaline, etc.)

N/A

Black movie

 

Tape output Via Avid Media Composer 4 or earlier

 

To HD tape

To SD tape

Avid Mojo DX and Nitris DX

N/A

Black movie

Other Avid hardware (Adrenaline, etc.)

N/A

Black movie

Other NLEs like Media 100, Edius, Newtek Video Toaster (VT), etc. typically support the black movie method as long as you are using a 720x486 video format (not DV which is 720x480).

1 Some documentation or menus (like the AJA or Blackmagic output setting) refer to 1080i format as "1080i 59.94" (59.94 fields per sec).  Some other places (e.g. QuickTime Player, MacCaption) refer to 1080i as 29.97 (29.97 frames per sec).  As long as it is 1080i (interlaced) and not 1080p, these are just 2 different ways of referring to the same thing.


 

File-based Formats with Closed Captions


 

For updates on this page, please check CPC/Telestream Knowledge Base 

(Most common) If you use a transcoder or ingest software to receive the video, looks in the "Used For" column below.  If they requested a specific format (e.g. MXF), look on the row for that format.

(Less common) If the file will be uploaded directly to a video server (and not go through any transcode or recompression process), find the server on the list below, or the specific format if requested.

Exports listed as "Captions only" are standalone files (full res video not required), whereas those listed as "Embed (full res file)" require the captioner have access to the full res video file.

Generally the important thing to know is the file wrapper type (QuickTime, MPEG-2 Program stream, MPEG-2 Transport stream, etc.), rather than the video codec (ProRes, H.264, MPEG-2 video).  E.g. if the client says "I need a H.264 file" this alone is not sufficient information; you need to ask them what kind of wrapper they need, because captions are usually specific to the wrapper not the codec.  For example, H.264 video can be delivered in a MOV, MP4, or Transport Stream wrappers (and many others).  Most wrappers can hold different kinds of codecs and most codecs can be contained in several different types of wrappers.
 

 
 
HD / SD
Insertion Method
Required CPC Version
Compatible Playback Server Hardware
Used For
 
MXF - XDCAM HD (OP1a type)
HD
Embed with CPC
(Full res file), or use Avid AAF file in Avid MC 6.0+
HD Enterprise
Omneon (SMPTE 436m) 3, Seachange, Harris Nexio
DMDS, many video servers
 
QuickTime DTV 608/708 Track (MOV)
HD
Add track to MOV file
DTV
Mac-based servers (e.g. Tools On Air)
FCP7 HD tape output
 
QuickTime 608 Track (MOV)
SD
Add track to MOV file
WebPlus
 
FCP7  SD tape output, iOS mobile devices
 
MPEG-2 Program Stream
with ATSC 608/708
both
Embed with CPC
(Full res file)
DTV
Omneon (Internal) 3,
Harris Nexio , Telvue, Masstech, many others
Many video servers
 
MPEG-2 Transport Stream

 

 with ATSC 608/708

both
Embed with CPC

 

(Full res file)

DTV
( + Manzanita)
Seachange, Harris Nexio, iTX, Vela, many others
(HD) DG Fast, Extreme Reach, Pathfire