[FFmpeg-user] How to embed SCC closed caption file into a video file mov/mp4/mpg

Henk D. Schoneveld belcampo at zonnet.nl
Tue Aug 11 17:36:51 CEST 2015

On 11 Aug 2015, at 17:21, Marcelo Boufleur <mboufleur at gmail.com> wrote:

> Indeed, this can be used to add SRT subtitles into MP4, but the original
> post mentioned if ffmpeg could handle SCC Closed Caption files, and if it
> could embed these into MOV/MP4/MPEG files.
> This can be achieved with MacCaptions / CaptionMaker, but the original
> poster is interested in open source solutions for this workflow.
Sorry, I interpreted/assumed, that’s where things go wrong, that because of the MOV/MP4 part of the question that QuickTime and compatible players should be able to play those captions. I’m not aware of players that support SCC Closed Caption files, that’s why I suggested a ‘workaround’.
> The problem with Closed Caption is that there are many standards (CEA-608,
> CEA-708, SCTE-20), and different implementations depending on which final
> file format you will be choosing.
> For Elementary MPEG and Quicktime ProRes files you may choose CEA-608 to be
> embedded into Line 21 of the original video, without reencoding. For HD
> content, CEA-708 Closed Caption is inserted into VANC data of the original
> video. You may also choose to use a particular Quicktime track for the
> Closed Caption for other codecs that use Quicktime container, or if you go
> through MPEG TS container, you may use a particular PID for that Closed
> Caption.
> To my knowledge, there are no open source solutions that handle all (if
> any) of the above situations.
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