What Kind of Captions Should You Request for Your Final Cut Pro Project?

Oct 10 2014 David Titmus
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Final Cut Pro is one of the most popular video editing software types for independent producers. But requesting the right kind of captions can sometimes be difficult, since it may depend on the type of deliverable you need. That’s where VITAC comes in.

If you have a project in Final Cut Pro and you need high-quality, affordable captions, here’s what you need to request. The list is organized by the type of final deliverable you would like.

SD Broadcast Tape

An .SCC (Scenarist Closed Caption) deliverable. This is a caption file that includes only text, timing, and placement information. NOTE: Final Cut automatically starts files at 00:00:00:00. If you have bars and tones on your file, or if it starts at the 01:00:00:00 mark, please let us know. For this format, the timecode must start at 00:00:00:00, or else we need to know, to adjust it ourselves.

HD Broadcast Tape

A QuickTime file with 608/708 included, with a closed caption track. VITAC can insert the closed caption data into an .MOV proxy. For this format, the timecode must start at 00:00:00:00, or else we need to know, to adjust it ourselves.

Digital Formats

Digital formats in Final Cut may require a variety of different caption file formats, depending on the platform on which you’d like to play the video. When ordering caption files for a project that will go on the web, we need to know:

-The resolution

-The framerate

-Progressive or interlaced timecode

-The caption deliverable you need (depends on what playback method you are going to use).

Burned-In Subtitles

Final Cut and Adobe Premier support importing of XML linked PNG graphic files for subtitling.

Need captions for your Final Cut project? Request a quote today.