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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
ScriptSync is one of the most exciting features in Media Composer. Like PhraseFind, it uses Nexidia phonetic searching capabilities to analyze the spoken word within the dialogue in your clips. But it goes a step further, and it actually syncs the spoken word to the written word. In other words, you can sync your master clips to your script, line by line. Also like PhraseFind, it's a plug-in available at an extra cost. Let's take a look at how this works. I'm in Microsoft Word. It can be any word-processing program that produces a plain text document, but there are a couple of choices I want to take you through.
I'll choose Save As > Other Formats, and I need to choose Plain Text. Notice that I've already provided you a plain text document in your exercise files, so I'm going to send this to the Desktop for our purposes. I'm going to click on Save. I want to choose Other encoding, and then I want to come up to US-ASCII, and I want to Insert line breaks. Say OK. If you get a warning, you can say Yes, and here's our plain text document. All right! Great! We're done with Word, and I'm going to go back into Avid. And we want to bring the script in, so I'm going to go to File > New Script and navigate to my transcript and Open.
And here is my script, which is a digital transcript of the interview with Kim. So I'll go ahead and open up the Interview bin, and here's our interview clip. We don't want to load it into the Source monitor; we actually want to attach it to the script. Before I do that, however, I have to tell Avid what portion of the script I'm syncing it to. Well, it happens to be the entire thing, so I'm just going to drag my mouse over the entirety of the script, and then I just drag my master clip on top, and it's now attached to the script.
It is not synced yet. It does not know where in this dialogue matches with the script. But that's what we're going to do next. So once I've attached to my master clip to my script, I come up to the Script menu, choose ScriptSync, and here I have a couple of choices. I choose the language that both the master clip and the script is in. I also choose the applicable audio tracks. In this case, I have my audio on both A1 and A2. In the middle are a lot of choices for you to define where your dialogue is versus where other things, like the speaker or stage directions.
So I happen to have my speaker with a colon defining every instance of that, so I'm going to come over and say Skip text before colon. If you put capital letters, that's what you would choose here. So I'm going to come down here. If I had already previously synced this script, I could overwrite my marks or I could sync between the first and the last mark, not applicable here. So let's go ahead and press OK and see how it works. It does take just a little bit, but it's much faster than real time. This is a six-and-a-half minute interview and this is going to be done in less than ten seconds.
So visually it might not have seemed like much happened, but I assure you, it did. If you take a look at our line here, you can see script marks along every line of dialogue. So let's go ahead and just double-click on one of these marks. You'll see that it loads the interview into the Source monitor and it places an in point and the position indicator at the point of sync. Let's go ahead and play to see how it worked.
(Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together. It brings you to a simple time.) And that was the one I clicked on. You can see it worked great. Let's go ahead and try one more. Let's double-click on this script mark. (Female speaker: For many people who swing dance, the vintage lifestyle, the vintage clothing--) Again, worked great! ScriptSync is a highly accurate application. In my experience, it's over 90% accurate.
It's very powerful, and it's well worth your looking into.
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