Restore Standalone .scc file export
In PP 2020, you could export a standalone .scc file by selecting the set (timeline, clip or anything that contained Captions) and selecting File>Export>Captions... Now in 2021, the only way to export a .scc file is using the media export panel as a sidecar, an which case you must also export media. This takes what could be a 3-5 second process and turns it into a long process which includes a render.
There are countless reasons why one may want to export just the .scc file, but I'll give you my top three.
- You want to use it for some other processing, and that processing doesn't require exported Media yet.
- You need to make a change just in the CC file, and the accompanying media already exists.
- You need the sidecar to have a different starting timecode than the media asset. For example, you may want your QuickTime file to have hour 1 timecode, but need the .scc file to align at Hour 0, which is very common in professional workflows that use broadcast payout servers, or Enterprise transcoders such as Vantage or AWS Elemental.
Currently, in the captions edit panel, the only export options are .SRT or .TXT, neither of which allows for stable positional data to be able to do a secondary process to create the .scc. The first option would be to place the export to .scc option within this panel's export options.
The better solution would be to put it back in the file>Export menu like it was in 2020, as it is much faster than opening the timeline followed by selecting the captions, opening that panel and then selecting the format from the dropdown. I often have to prepare full series for a new platform or something, which could mean several hundred exports to .scc. The file>export option (which could be mapped to a keyboard shortcut) meant it was possible to export hundreds of .scc files in a few minutes.
The third option, would be to add standalone caption formats as an export module in media encoder, which would allow for better Queing. This could be accomplished by simply enabling the ability to disable Both Picture and Audio in a Quicktime export (currently you can only disable one o the other). Thank you.
Aaron Schillinger commented
This would be most helpful to have!
Pj Perez commented
Agree so hard. I was very disappointed in this change in the latest version and it seems kind of arbitrary, as in it didn't improve anything, just removed helpful professional features.