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Syncing a script using ScriptSync

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Once you've gone through the steps in setting up your script for entering into Media Composer, it's time to bring it in and then sync it to the associated Master clips. So I just go to File > New Script and then in the Transcripts formatted folder I've gone through, and I've prepared and made them all Plain Text documents so that you can bring those in. So I'm just going to click BD interview.txt, and I'll click Open, and here it comes into the software. And you can see this is just a 30-minute interview, and we're going to sync our master clips to this using ScriptSync.

Syncing a script using ScriptSync

Once you've gone through the steps in setting up your script for entering into Media Composer, it's time to bring it in and then sync it to the associated Master clips. So I just go to File > New Script and then in the Transcripts formatted folder I've gone through, and I've prepared and made them all Plain Text documents so that you can bring those in. So I'm just going to click BD interview.txt, and I'll click Open, and here it comes into the software. And you can see this is just a 30-minute interview, and we're going to sync our master clips to this using ScriptSync.

So here I have six interview selects, and I've basically gone through and chosen the parts of the interview that I felt would work best for the documentary. So what you need to do is actually find the moments in the script that match with these Master clips. I'm just going to load this into the Source Monitor and play it so that I know what part of the script this covers. (BD Dautch: My name is BD Dautch.) All right, so the beginning and then we come to the end here, and I'm going to play and see how far it goes. (BD Dautch: ...in the community.) And I'm just going to back up a little bit and play a little bit more just to make sure.

(BD Dautch: ...so it's all staying in the community.) Okay, great! So I'm going to come back here. Okay. My name is BD Dautch, and it goes to, "So, it's all staying in the community." And I'm going to just lasso this, you can see it just becomes a light gray color, and you just drag the clip from the Bin and release it within that lassoed section, like so. So we have six more to go. You could definitely go through and again just test what section it is, lasso it, and then drag it, and so on.

I do have kind of a finished version here in the 4.2 folder, and I'll just show you this here. So here we go, we have all of these clips just synced to these moments, that's the longer one, and so on. So we have six moments synced to this script. Again, a lot of times it's the entire clip synced to the entire script, but for this we do have some sections of this interview.

So what I'm going to do is just click in the script and press Command+A so all of them are selected. Basically, you're looking for this little take box right here to be highlighted, and you can see that when I do that, all of the take boxes are highlighted, so we're ready to go. And if I come up to Script > ScriptSync, we have this ScriptSync dialog box. Now ScriptSync does not come without a hefty price tag. This used to be included in the price of the software for several years, the licensing ran out, and now it is $1,000.

So a lot of post houses will have like one station that has ScriptSync enabled, and that becomes the syncing station, because you can use synced scripts on any version of Media Composer. So as long as you have one station that has ScriptSync enabled, you can do that, and boy is it worth it. Okay, so you come in and enable the Language and then the Tracks that the audio is on that you're going to sync. And this is nice because I'm able to Skip lines that only contain CAPITAL letters, which, as you can see, are my speakers.

You can also skip things in parentheses or brackets or before a colon, so this is all set up to basically ignore stuff that you don't want synced. You can also come in and say Select Dialog and then basically select a line of dialog, and it's going to know that this indentation level is going to be the dialog and anything at a different indentation level is not going to be there. All right, so we were ready to go. I'm going to just go ahead and press OK, and it's going through, and it's going to sync those six clips to the script. Again, this is very, very fast.

You can do a 30-minute interview or a 2-hour interview in just a matter of seconds, and let's go ahead and just choose one of our script marks, and we'll double-click and play. (BD Dautch: ...certifying organization, and we grow about 100--) So you can see that, that worked perfect. Now we'll try one more. I just like to spot check it a little bit. So we're looking for the still of the morning. (BD Dautch: ...the still of the morning. It's a time, a contemplative time, and a good time to really--) So, a really tremendous way to find exactly what you need.

Again, you can use this with the Find tool. Just press Command+F and type in a few keywords, find that moment on the script, and then double-click the script mark and then load it and then work with it. Really, really fast, really, really easy, and if you have a station that has ScriptSync enabled, again it is $1,000, but if you have one station that has that, you can go for it, and it is included on the trial version of Media Composer. So at the very least, you can try it out.

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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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