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How do I import closed captions in Premiere Pro CC?

Jun 21, 2013 2:21 PM

Now that Premiere Pro has close captioning we can import text as a layer in the timeline.


However, it only takes certain types of files. In the top video of this page:

Jeff Sengstack says that Premiere can accept 4 different file types for close captioning but he only mentions Scenarist.


I have my close captioning file in a .txt format but Premiere will not allow that type of file. So I have a couple questions:


1. What are the other file types that can be imported for close captioning?

2. Is there a way to convert a .txt file to a Scenarist format (scc)?

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    Jun 21, 2013 3:28 PM   in reply to mabehr1234

    The short answer is that PPRO CC will import the following types of caption sidecar files: .scc, .mcc, .xml, and .stl.


    More specifically, here's how the support breaks down:

    • 608 captions
      • .mcc
      • .scc
      • .xml
      • embedded in a QuickTime file (unless the video is an MPEG format)
    • Teletext
      • .xml
      • .stl


    Enhancing support for captions and improving the workflow is a work-in-progress. If you have specific requests, please submit it here: Of course, you're also welcome to post your requests on these forums, too.

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    Jun 21, 2013 4:40 PM   in reply to mabehr1234

    And here I thought I was giving you more info than you asked for, but fair point ;-)

    So first of all, 608 and Teletext are different standards for encoding captions. In general, 608 is for NTSC (the video standard in the U.S., Japan, and several other countries), while Teletext goes with PAL (Europe, China, Australia, and elsewhere.) There are a number of differences between them. To learn more, you might start with this Wikipedia article:


    As for how to convert your .txt file to one of the supported file types, I don't have a direct answer, but you might start by searching the Web for "captions convert txt to scc." I have limited experience with a few of the third-party captions authoring apps, which I expect can ingest a txt file and encode it in the given app's preferred flavor. On the 608 side, the ones I know of are CaptionMaker (for Win) and MacCaption (I'll let you guess which platform that's for). For Teletext, you might try Annotation Edit. Note that I'm merely listing the ones that I'm familiar with. I really don't know enough to recommend any of these programs.


    One final note: The captioning features that we added to PPRO CC are geared toward providing a flexible workflow with imported captions--i.e., captions authored in some other program. PPRO CC now supports editing caption content (say to correct a typo or expunge swear words) and trimming caption track items just like any other assets.

    You can also create synthetic caption assets and populate them from scratch, which could be handy for short projects or for filling holes in the imported caption sidecar. However, I would not recommend attempting to author all the captions for a project of any substantial length within Premiere. It's simply not designed for that, and there are dedicated programs that do this far better.

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    Aug 25, 2013 9:00 AM   in reply to Mark Mapes

    Hi all,

    I've seen the video, too. But in my case I can't import it the way it is done in the video. The files are not even recognized. What am I doing wrong here?

    Any hints are really appreciated since I relied on that information for an ongoing project....

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    Aug 25, 2013 1:40 PM   in reply to mabehr1234

    <<<2. Is there a way to convert a .txt file to a Scenarist format (scc)? >>>
    I use Subtitle Edit ( ), it's free and open source.

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    Aug 25, 2013 6:00 PM   in reply to Paul@NYSMSC

    Wow Paul, thanks!

    This is actually the first converter who seems to work for me.

    Does anyone know how the scc import was done in this video?



    The scc file seems to be imported as normal footage, so it is editible in Premiere.

    When I just go via the sequence menu, I can't find anything to edit them.

    Unfortunatley I have to change a pile of captions according to timing and I really wouldn'T like to do it by tyoing in hundreds of new timecodes...


    When I try to follow the tutorial video I already fail at the importing stage, since in the importing dialogue there is no such fille as scc offered....

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    Aug 26, 2013 8:57 AM   in reply to Herr van Tast

    So are you saying you do not see the scc option in the import dialog?


    This is what I see.


    Import scc.png

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    Sep 2, 2013 7:53 AM   in reply to Jerry Klaimon


    I have the exact same problem, I work on Premiere Pro Cs6, and in the import dialog I can't see or select my .scc file so I can't even import it... I don't see the scc option you are showing in your message Jerry, apparently the scc files are not considered as supported format.

    so strange to be stuck at the very first step without any clue of what to do...

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    Sep 8, 2013 11:20 AM   in reply to Jerry Klaimon

    I'm load in scc format, but subtitle no visible in program monitor. How to make them visible. Visible on manual make in format stamdart CEA-608, stream -CC1.

    SSory my bad English

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