Tricks for Closed Captioning Files: MacCaption’s Assemble Caption

MacCaption's Assemble Caption








MacCaption, made by CPC and one of the applications we use for captioning, has a new feature called Assemble Caption that allows you to work more closely with a final cut pro timeline and automatically edit an existing caption file.

It’s a efficient tool that gives you beautifully transcribed and timed caption files.

Say, for example, that you have a 90-minute movie and you sell it to a network, but they only want to broadcast a 46-minute version. So you edit down the movie and, while you’re at it, you want to do a minor story edit and re-order some of your story segments.

From a captioning perspective, that would involve rebuilding your caption file with a (senior) caption editor working through your new media, looking for your edits, calculating the changes that have been made, and then applying all those changes to the cc file.

This process is really laborious, and somewhat inefficient considering you probably do have all your changes recorded in an edit decision list.

Assemble Caption tries to use the “assemble” logic of a nonlinear editing system to automatically edit an existing caption file. To try this out, you need either your original .scc file or a captioned quicktime clip, and an exported Apple Interchange XML file from Final Cut Pro which represents your changes.

A nifty tool! For more information, read about Assemble Caption.

September Recipe: Apple Peach Crisp

Recipe for delicious Apple Peach Crisp










September is the perfect time to combine late summer fruit with a classic Fall dessert.


3 apples and 3 peaches, cored/pitted and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 375F degrees (190 degrees C).

In a 9 inch square baking pan, mix sliced apples and peaches with brown sugar. In a large bowl, mix together flour, white sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, beat together egg and melted butter. Stir into flour mixture. Spread evenly over apples and peaches.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until topping is golden and crisp.