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- Working with Compressor
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- Uploading videos to the web
- Setting up workspaces
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Hi, this is Jeff. Welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. Nick, sadly, isn't here this week. We're going to talk about something that has actually crippled me as an editor, text based editing. I early in my career got a chance to use some tools, particularly PhraseFind and ScriptSync in Avid, and they change you as an editor fundamentally. They make it smarter for you to edit. You can actually see and think in the actual text, and SpeedScriber does a lot of that for Final Cut X and does it at a pretty inexpensive price.
I'm really blown away by it. The key concepts we're going to cover is just this idea of text based editing to Final Cut X. The software itself is free and comes with a 15 minute trial of transcription. It does transcription something like three to four times real time. So on the App Store you can download it, try it, and it's 50 cents a minute, and if you buy bulk minutes it's even cheaper and you don't have to wait for like overnight or a day. So... Let's take a look at how it works, and what's kind of exciting about it.
Here I've got a clip that I've synced with dual audio, and to make SpeedScriber work, we've got to follow the following process. We have to add a keyword, drag the library itself to SpeedScriber. It'll automatically return. And now the keyword's set to SS Processing. We clean it up in SpeedScriber, set it to Verified, and then it populates inside of Final Cut X. All right, so... Let's do that first step.
SS Pending. And now I'm ready to take this entire library over to SpeedScriber which is on my dock. When you drag it over and you begin to hit the dock, Final Cut X will automatically sense and export an XML file. And here it is over in SpeedScriber. It's a synchronized clip, you can pick which audio you want from it. I'm going to only take one audio track. No need to send two.
Okay, we're pretty good there. And then we say Transcribe. Just a tip warning me about the time I have and the remaining time I'll have left on my free account. I'll hit Transcribe. Converts it, uploads it. And this happens so fast, it's already back. I'm going to tell it when it comes back here, it's sending an XML back to Final Cut. Do you want to replace the existing items? I'm going to say Replace.
It now shows up in SS Processing. Let's go back to SpeedScriber and see what's going on there. You can see it says Processing there. It's two minutes of clips, and this is going to happen about three times real time, so I expect it to do this in about 20 to 30 seconds. Looking back at the process where we've added the SS keyword, we dragged it, it's transcribed, it's auto-returned. We're going to wait for it to be done. When it's done in SpeedScriber, we're going to do a little bit of cleanup. And it's finished. So with the clip transcribed, I'm going to go ahead and clean it up by double-clicking on the clip, putting in people's names, and I'm now going to use the playback controls, it's Spacebar and a number of punctuation items, and basically what I'm doing is just making sure things align correctly.
It doesn't need to be perfect, and I'm able to highlight sections I like and favor it, so I'll just try a little bit of it now. We'll pick up, say, somewhere here. Play. (voices on audio file speaking) So this needs to be in Joe's line here. I'm just going to hit this down arrow. (voices on audio file speaking) (voices on audio file speaking) So this needs to be with me.
And starting here, that must be Joe, and let's take a listen. (voices on audio file speaking) (voices on audio file speaking) That should have a period. (voices on audio file speaking) (voices on audio file speaking) I need to insert me as a speaker here, so I'm going to go ahead and just push that down.
I'm going to take this one section here, highlight it, and then I'm going to favorite it down here with the star. And you'd need to through and take care of it. I'm going to do that and speed all this up. (audio playing rapidly) (audio playing rapidly) okay, I've gone ahead and I've cleaned up most of this edit.
And I go back to Files. And you go through all of your files this way. It does a pretty good job, something like 99%. So we adjust the speakers' names, we've set some favorites, all we have to do is set it to Verified, and then drag the library back from Final Cut. SpeedScriber will update and export. It does the same thing, I'm going to say Replace it again.
Now we've got some magic. We've got Joe's lines all keyworded, and when you click on any line and hear him. (Joe speaking in audio file) when we go back to our processed clip, we go to List View, something else happens that's magic. Let's make this as wide as it can go and hide the timeline. And I'm just going to scroll over to the Notes column after I roll open the clip.
Look at this. All the text is there that he's said, or that I said. In fact, I'm going to take this Notes column, drag it to the left, because the keywording I can see who speaks. Hey, there was that favorite line. (Joe speaking in audio file) (Joe speaking in audio file) And you can see how this will make you a faster editor, because you can go to a specific line somebody says and edit it directly into Final Cut based on its keyword, based on the text that's there.
As I said, to the List mode, you need to se the Notes column, and then you can click on a keyword and boom, you're ready to go. And that's SpeedScriber. Thanks for watching Final Cut Pro X Weekly.
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