I need to add closed captioning to a short video that will be broadcast on our cable TV system. The cable system will accept MPEG-2, QuickTime MOV, or AVI/DV formats. This is in the United States, and I'm guessing that we will need both EIA-608 and CEA-708 formats. Because I am not actually producing the video itself, and I don't have it yet, I don't know whether it will be in a standard-definition or high-definition format. I am presuming the latter, but information on either could be helpful.

What software (preferably free and/or open-source) can help with this task? I have tried Google, and I have tried skimming the documentation of some of the packages out there (e.g., Kdenlive) to no avail. I can use Linux or Windows software for sure, and I can probably find someone with OS X if needed.

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You could check out these links to see if they provide what you need:


Caption Maker Pro:


And of course Scenarist and Encore, although both are DVD oriented you should be able to produce at least MPEG-2 with closed captions embedded:

http://www.rovicorp.com/products/distribution/content-production-tools/scenarist-bd.htm http://www.adobe.com/products/encore.html

Closed-captioning support

Import line 21 files to add closed captions to your DVDs (NTSC titles only).

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