Closed Captioning DV Video
A complete closed captioning and subtitling solution.
No additional hardware required. No generation loss!!!
New - Auto Time Stamp
DV (CaptionMaker & MacCaption) supports the new Auto Time Stamp add-on, which can drastically reduce the time it takes to closed caption a video.
Note: Final Cut Pro 7 uses a new workflow to closed caption DV video for output via Firewire. You can still use the same CPC software, but the export has changed. FCP7 users please see this video tutorial for more information.
To closed caption a video, you need the transcript of the video. There are many ways to transcribe a video. After obtaining the transcript, you will then import the script to the CPC software and format the script. Finally, you will listen to the video and synchronize the closed captions to the video by associating timecode to each closed caption manually. For details, see the closed caption preparation page.
With CaptionMaker-DV (Windows) and MacCaption-DV (Mac), you can closed caption any DV video sitting inside your computer without using any external closed caption encoder.
Once you have a time stamped text file, you can add closed captions to a DV video by a simple mouse click. Then you use a print to tape function to dump the video to a tape (DV or BetaSP) via FireWire. The closed caption data is transferred to line 21 of NTSC video by most DV tape decks or digital to analog converters like the Sony DVMC-DA2.
Closed caption data sits in the VAUX Data area of a 720x480 DV video. On the other hand, closed caption data sits in Line 21 of NTSC (525 lines) video. When you transfer the DV video to NTSC, you must use a deck which can transfer the closed caption data from the DV VAUX data area to the NTSC Line 21.
You can check out two sample 720x480 DV videos and see the closed captions on your TV.
You may also download our Windows or Mac demo software and try it out yourself. The demo software has all the features of the licensed version with some limitations. To protect the software, we replace a few characters in each closed captions with "?" marks and limit the total number of closed captions to around 25.
Encoder version - Encoding only
The Encoder version is for encoding closed captions only. It does not have the capability to prepare time stamped closed caption file from raw script. It has the same look and feel as the DV version. See Feature Comparisons on the right hand side bar for details.
You can not prepare a time stamped closed caption files using the Encoder versions. You have to get a prepared time stamped closed caption file from a different source (e. g., CPC *.cap, DVD *.scc, Cheetah *.cap or *.asc etc.) and then use the Encoder versions to encode the closed captions on the video.
What else does the DV version do?
Beside closed captioning DV videos, you can also export files to closed caption
- Web and mobile devices (Post Production)
- Live Closed Captioning
For details, click on the item on the sidebar on the right.
DV video is a compressed video. If you are concerned about the quality of DV video and want to closed caption your uncompressed video directly inside your NLE system, you should get our NLE software. NLE version can closed caption in DV method too. If you want to closed caption your HD videos, then you should get the HD software. The HD version has all the features of the DV and NLE versions.