Premiere Pro CC Tutorial, Part 23: Closed Captions Pt 1

Premiere ProA new Premiere Pro CC tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson in learning Adobe Premiere Pro CC, we wrapped up our look at clip based parameters that are attached to every clip in Premiere (click for part 1 and part 2). In this lesson, I’d like to switch gears, and talk about the setup of Closed Captions, and how you’re going to work with them in your timeline.

Now, before you begin working with Closed Captions, you’re going to want to make sure that you have your Record Monitor setup to view the Closed Captions, or you won’t see anything, and assume that something is wrong with Premiere.

To turn on the viewing of Closed Captions, you navigate to the Record Monitors settings, and about half way down, you’ll notice the “Captions Display” option, where you can turn on/off the viewing of captions in your timeline.


Right below the “Enable” option for your “Captions Display,” you’ll notice a “Settings” option. Once chosen, you’ll see you have the option to choose CEA-608, CEA-708 or Teletext on CC Steams 1-4. 

What’s important to keep in mind about the type of captioning you choose, is that you’ll want to make sure that if you create a 608 caption, you choose the 608 viewing option in the Settings, otherwise you won’t see the captions at all, and again, assume something is wrong. Once you’ve turned on Caption, and chosen your desired caption type, you’re all set to create your own captions, which we’ll do in the next lesson.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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