I'm trying to find a tool or library (possibly an open-source tool) to parse or convert .scc closed caption subtitle files to a human readable text, say .srt or xml or any text formats. Is there a strong tool or library to do that?

Previously, I was trying to use PyCaption library in Python. But it fails to parse certain .scc files.

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Subtitle Edit can convert to/from .scc, .srt, and many other formats. It is GPLv3 (and possibly also LGPL licensed). It also has a BSD licensed DLL. The downside is that it is C# code.

  • Problem is that there is not a perfect tool. For instance, I had examples that PyCaption couldn't parse and SE parsed, and yesterday I had a sample that SE parsed, but for some reasons it concatenates multiple captions together as a single one.
    – Tina J
    Mar 13, 2019 at 22:46
  • SE's developer is pretty responsive, or at least was several years ago, if you can get a sample to them. It may be worth investing in MacCaption/CaptionMaker for the paid support. Mar 14, 2019 at 1:00
  • yeah they are pretty responsive. No paid support.
    – Tina J
    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:14

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