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Preparing a script for script integration

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Most documentaries contain many interviews, and it can often be a challenge to find that perfect bite. But when you do, it can truly make a scene glow. Now before the age of digital editing with script synchronization, editors relied upon their copious handwritten notes with exact timecode linked to every single major sound bite that they took during the screening process. Fortunately, we now have the ability to immediately find any sound bite anytime through the incredible practice of Digital Script Integration. This is a very powerful tool, but it doesn't come without some prep work.

Preparing a script for script integration

Most documentaries contain many interviews, and it can often be a challenge to find that perfect bite. But when you do, it can truly make a scene glow. Now before the age of digital editing with script synchronization, editors relied upon their copious handwritten notes with exact timecode linked to every single major sound bite that they took during the screening process. Fortunately, we now have the ability to immediately find any sound bite anytime through the incredible practice of Digital Script Integration. This is a very powerful tool, but it doesn't come without some prep work.

In this movie, we will take a look at how to set up your script in preparation for script integration. Before I do that, though, I just want to show you this in practice. In the Transcripts bin I have everyone that was interviewed for this documentary, and I am going to go ahead and open up the BD interview transcript. This is the main documentary subject, and this is about a 30-minute interview, and you can see that I've gone through, and I have made selects, basically those parts of the transcripts that I felt were the strongest and what I would add to my documentary.

So I can click on any one of these Script Marks, and it would basically link to this line. So if I double-click on this script mark... (BD Dautch: ...sell to caterers, schools, restaurants--) So as you can see, the written word is synched directly to the spoken word. Very, very powerful thing. So that's just clicking on a script mark, but mostly you would use this in conjunction with the Find tool. So we know that the Find tool is accessed via Command+F, and this time I am just going to go to Script Text and then type in here.

I want to basically bring up something about Santa Barbara. I know he talks about the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. So I am just going to type in Santa Barbara and Enter, and he talks about it quite a lot, so I can use this to really narrow down exactly where he does. But if I click on any of these and I go over to the script, you can see that it finds it. Now this doesn't have a Master clip linked to it, so if I just continue, here we go. So if I just double-click on this script mark...

(BD Dautch: ...market in Santa Barbara, the first one. And so we--) So again, every line is synched to one of these script marks which in turn is synched to the Master clip, a very, very powerful thing in documentary editing. So I am just going to close this out, and let's talk about how to bring the script in, and we'll go ahead and minimize Media Compose, and I'm going to go and get my transcript. I have it inside the Transcripts_Titles folder, and in Transcripts, and I just want to open up the BD interview document. It's a Microsoft Word document.

You will notice that my margins are fairly wide, and I've done that on purpose so that I have more lines to sync. It's just a case of simple math. The more lines you have, the more sync points you can have, which is very good for script integration. So we just need to save this into a format that Media Composer can read. So I am just going to go to Save As, and we need to save it as a Plain Text document and then when we click Save, we're going to choose Other encoding, Western (ASCII), and Insert line breaks.

Now if you're in Word, great. If you're in another Word Processing program, Final Draft or something else, you just want to make sure that get this right. You need a Plain Text document, a .txt, with the Western (ASCII) encoding and line breaks, and I will say OK. And here it's saved there right inside that Transcripts folder. What I have done is I have provided you a folder full of already formatted transcripts, so you can go ahead and practice on the Word documents if you want or just pull them straight from here. Or in Media Composer I have actually also imported all of them and they are ready to go and they also are all synched.

So depending on what you want to do, you have various levels of practice that you can perform. But basically now that we have our transcripts ready to go, in the next movie we are going to take a look at exactly how to get them into Media Composer and ultimately how to sync them to our Master clips.

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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

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  1. 6m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 36s
  2. 10m 49s
    1. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 3s
    2. Examining project assets
      3m 43s
    3. Defining the project approach
      4m 3s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Understanding the documentary postproduction process
      2m 15s
    2. Focusing on the preparatory phase
      3m 33s
    3. Focusing on the rough cut phase
      3m 27s
    4. Focusing on the picture lock workflow
      2m 37s
  4. 36m 51s
    1. Beginning a project
      10m 28s
    2. Screening and assigning qualitative information to clips
      7m 3s
    3. Looking for stock footage using the Avid Marketplace
      4m 27s
    4. Marrying high-quality audio with video
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Find tool and PhraseFind to search the audio in a clip
      5m 58s
    6. Understanding transcoding
      4m 1s
  5. 14m 11s
    1. Preparing a script for script integration
      4m 17s
    2. Syncing a script using ScriptSync
      5m 9s
    3. Manually syncing a script
      4m 45s
  6. 59m 56s
    1. An overview of the rough cut process
      3m 38s
    2. Making the paper edit
      3m 9s
    3. Using a two-column script
      3m 33s
    4. Assembling the radio edit
      7m 15s
    5. Building scenes with B-roll
      9m 30s
    6. Editing process footage
      6m 29s
    7. Using montage and parallel editing to manipulate time and ideas
      8m 20s
    8. Adding natural and environmental sound
      6m 11s
    9. Correcting audio
      6m 22s
    10. Putting it all together: Completing the assembly edit
      5m 29s
  7. 32m 52s
    1. Dealing with multiple formats in a project
      5m 2s
    2. Adding movement to static images
      6m 6s
    3. Stabilizing shaky footage
      3m 23s
    4. Changing and fixing portions of the video frame
      8m 7s
    5. Compressing and expanding time in video and audio
      5m 23s
    6. Repairing jump cuts using the FluidMorph plug-in
      4m 51s
  8. 22m 25s
    1. Getting feedback, making adjustments, and receiving approval
      3m 16s
    2. Creating multiple titles and lower thirds
      5m 39s
    3. Understanding the finishing process
      5m 46s
    4. Delivering the project
      7m 44s
  9. 1m 28s
    1. Next steps
      1m 28s

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