The Tools menu contains a number of functions which may be useful for authoring captions and/or descriptions

The functions include various pre-flight checks (Check timecodes, Check CEA-608 compliance) which might otherwise be flagged during Export attempts,
as well as tools for alleviating errors found by those inspections (Offset timecodes, Show ruler).

There is an additional tool for converting a Caption project with timecodes to a Description project shell.

Finally, CADET preferences are accessed from the Preferences menu item.

Check timecodes

The Check timecodes tool checks the Start/End times to make sure that there are no anomalies, like being out-of-sequence. All (non-blank) timecodes must be increasing.

  1. Select Check timecodes from the Tools menu.
  2. Errors will be displayed as links in the Status area. Clicking on a link will make the errant row current.

  3. The images to the right show a sample timecode error (Start time before the preceeding Start time) and the error that was generated.

Offset timecodes

The Offset timecodes tool allows you to easily offset the timecodes of a block of captions.

  1. Select Offset timecodes from the Tools menu.
  2. Errors will be displayed as links in the Status area. Clicking on a link will make the errant row current
  3. Click for an in-depth discussion of the Offset timecodes feature.

Check CEA-608 compliance

The Check CEA-608 compliance tool makes sure that the captions can be successfully converted to the .SCC export format. Errors currently include line-length errors. A line within a caption may not exceed 32 characters. (see Show Ruler tool)

  1. Select Check CEA-608 compliance from the Tools menu.
  2. Errors will be displayed as links in the Status area. Clicking on a link will make the errant row current.

  3. The images to the right show a sample line-length error (line is longer than 32 character) and the error that was generated.

Show ruler

The Show ruler tool displays a 32-character ruler above the current caption. Additionally, when the ruler is showing, CADET shows the caption column in a monospaced font face, so that it's easier to count characters and know when the 32-character limit is exceeded.

  1. Select Show ruler from the Tools menu.
  2. The ruler is displayed above the current caption.

  3. Depending on the alignment of the caption, the ruler will be similarly aligned.

Convert to Descriptions

The Convert to Descriptions... tool converts a Caption project into a Description project. The synthesized shell has its Start/End times and Cue columns prefilled according to the Caption project that is was converted from.

  1. Select Convert to Descriptions... from the Tools menu.
  2. The new CADET Description project is displayed, and the SaveAs dialog is shown.
  3. Save the project.

Preferences

The Preferences... tool displays all settable CADET preferences.

  1. Select Preferences... from the Tools menu.
  2. All settable CADET preferences are displayed. Edit them to your liking.