A complete HD closed captioning and subtitling solution. No additional captioning hardware required. No generation loss.

MacCaption enables many different kinds of closed captioning software workflows for Final Cut Pro.

See our captioning comparison chart to find the configuration that’s right for you.

Closed Caption HD Tape via HD-SDI

MacCaption can create a HD closed captions track for Final Cut Pro. Simply author your closed captions (or convert a cap file from another captions source) and Edit to HD Tape with true CEA-708 and CEA-608 closed captions. Then, output via your AJA Kona or IO HD, Blackmagic Decklink, or Matrox MXO2 series video device. Telestream's unique software encoding technology means no special encoding hardware is required.

Closed Caption DV Tape via Firewire

MacCaption can encode closed captions directly into DV QuickTime files. You can then print to DV (miniDV, DVCAM, DVCPRO) tape via Firewire using any version of FCP.

File-based Closed Captioning Workflows

MacCaption can embed closed captions directly into many kinds of video files for digital delivery:

  • QuickTime:
    • Line 21 onto any QuickTime video
    • QuickTime 608 SD Closed Captions
    • QuickTime DTV 608/708 HD Closed Captions
  • MPEG-2 Elementary, Program, and Transport Streams
  • MXF Files for XDCAM1, Omneon and SeaChange servers
  • DVCPRO HD1 QuickTime files for Omneon servers and more
  • Common closed caption formatted files such as Cheetah CAP, SCC, MCC, etc.

Closed Caption SD Tape via SDI and Analog

MacCaption can create a SD closed captions track for Final Cut Pro using your AJA, Blackmagic, or Matrox hardware. You can also create a line 21 overlay video ("black movie") for any NLE including Final Cut Pro 6 and earlier.

Closed Captioning for Web and Mobile Devices

MacCaption can add closed captions to any kind of web video format: QuickTime (including for iPod/iPhone/iPad/etc.), iTunes, YouTube, Flash, Windows Media.

Closed Captioning & Subtitling for DVD and Blu-ray

MacCaption can add closed captions and subtitles to DVDs for most professional authoring programs, including DVD Studio Pro. It can also create HD subtitles for Blu-ray authoring programs.


MacCaption and CaptionMaker can create alpha channel subtitle videos to overlay burned-in subtitles for any NLE system.

Extract, Edit, and Convert Closed Captions

MacCaption can extract closed captions from an already captioned video and re-export them to a wide variety of formats. It can automatically conform the closed captions to match an edit decision list, or manually edit the existing closed captions in an easy-to-use non-linear interface. It even supports batch conversion and CLI scripting for automation workflows.

1Currently available for CaptionMaker only.