Create them as titles.
Let add some extra information here. I have 33 minutes that have been translated into spanish and made into the closed captioned file. Even though the CCs work here, our client says they won't work on their TVs. A little research tells me that CCs on DVDs will not display on all TVs due to standards issues. I want to find out if the CCs can be permanently displayed so we can add a second DVD video track that has the spanish CCs up full time. Recreating them as titles is a last resort due to time constraints.
I don't know of any way to make CC or subtitles show up without user intervention, meaning they can always be turned off.
I think the only way possible may be to make them titles.
Not very elegant but you could make a dvd using black instead of the film, turn on the captions and record the dvd back into Premiere. Then Luma key over your film.
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The heck with elegant if it would work.
But I think the scc is not visible in the vob stream. Its appearance is turned on or off by the TV itself.
Sorta like subtitles are not in the stream.
Edit: I think you have to convert the scc to text. Try googling: "convert scc to text."
Then you have to use a utility to create a bunch of PR titles out of that text file.
Even though Premiere Pro cannot burn in captions, it is actually quite easy to do using screen capture software. It takes a few extra steps once the cc file is done, but saves a lot of work especially if you already have your cc file or are getting it from another source.
1. In a new sequence place the cc file above a color matte. This is to make it easy to key out the cc background when you burn to your movie.
2. Open the screen cap and position over the program monitor. You may have to adjust the size of the monitor.
3. Capture the cc as it plays in the program monitor.
4. Convert this cap to the desired format -- avi, mpg, mov, etc.
5. Import into Pr, place over your movie, and export.
Since you are only capturing the cc, quality of the capture is not really an issue.
Solution found. I had the captioning company send .srt files, converted them to .txt, then used the "Subtitles" plug-in by SUGARfx. It turned the closed caption files into open captioned subtitles with such ease I forked over the $49 it cost as quickly as I could. Much time saved.
Its cool that you came back and advised of a solution you found so that others can benefit if in same need.
Doesnt always happen around here.
Very true! Also, mark your post 7 as correct; it will increase the chances others will find it.