If you are writing to DVCAM, DVCPRO or MiniDV (which is 720×480), Apple's Final Cut Pro 7 (and only version FCP7 or later) can make the captioning easy. Final Cut Pro 7 now allows you to directly insert .SCC file caption data at Print to Tape time, when you go out via FireWire. Note that this can also insert captions into HD material.
If you are going out to the full D1 720×486 (e.g. Beta SP, digi-Beta, DVCPro), you'll need to use Digital NLE Caption post-processing.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Select the .scc output under Advanced Settings -> Output Types, in your CaptionSync account.
- Under the Broadcast tab, set the offset to 00:00:00:00 (even if the timeline in FCP starts at 01:00:00:00).
- Make the Captioning request.
- Once results are ready, open FCP7. Under File, choose Print to Video or Edit to Tape.
- In the pop-up window that appears, select the Insert closed captioning data from file checkbox.
- Below the checkbox, select the SCC file you received from CaptionSync (you will need to select Sonic Scenarist Captioning Files, under Show).
- Click OK, to print to tape.
If you have bars and tone at the beginning of your sequence that was not in the audio CaptionSync synchronized with, you need adjust your offset by the duration of those (e.g. 00:00:01:00).
Please make sure your are using FCP 7.03 or later – earlier versions had some issues reading some SCC files.
- If you are experiencing problems making the results work on this program, check out these troubleshooting tips.