Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the script-to-screen workflow, part of Premiere Pro CS5 New Features.
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New to CS5 is something called the Script to Screen workflow. It's so new that I think it's more like a solution in search of a demand but I think the more you work with it, the more that demand will grow. Let me give you a basic overview here and then we will talk about each product individually. It involves five products inside the Creative Suite: Adobe Story, OnLocation, Premiere Pro, Encore and the Flash DVD Player. You don't have to work with all five, but the workflow is most effective if you do work with these guys from beginning to end. I will explain each one in turn. Now we will start with Adobe Story.
This is a brand new product from Adobe. It's still under development but it is available to the public. It's a script writing product and the basic thing is that you can create the script here and the script has little headers. If you right-click any of these things, you get a context menu saying what kind of headers you can have. And these things are actually metadata tags that help down the road as you use this text and as you associate the script with individual shots. So we will save this file as an Adobe Story Script, which just goes File > Export As > Adobe Story Script.
It's an ASTX file. I have already done that so I am going to jump to OnLocation now. Inside OnLocation you can import the Story script, by going File > Import > Adobe Story Script. Find that particular script you are working. It's a two scene script, and so those two scenes will show up inside the Project panel. And there they are, the Intro and the Close, and right now they are just XML data in this file, but I want to associate a clip with each scene and that will then basically put this XML data inside the file. I don't have to save it or anything else. I just associate it that way.
So I am going to right- click here and say Link Media. I am going associate a clip with that, so this is the Intro. So I will do this little intro here, and that changes the icon as you can see. So now I have associated that XML data inside the clip. I don't have to save this project. It does it instantly. I will do this next one as well. Close, Link Media, hit the Close. So now we are done. I can close OnLocation or keep it open. It doesn't make a difference. I am going to flip over now to Premiere Pro. So in Premiere Pro, you can import those assets that you have just linked that script to.
I will go over here and do that, import this one and this one, and select one of them. I have the Metadata panel open over here. We will open up this image inside this Source Monitor over there, and here we will do what's called a speech analysis, but before I do I want to take a look at the metadata itself. We added metadata inside OnLocation. Then the metadata will be down here on under the Dynamic Media section and there is that metadata. The scene number, for example. I will go to this one and see that it's Scene 2.
I will stick with this one right now, Podcast 1. I want to do a speech analysis. Right now this is just metadata. It's just text stored inside the file. It's not connected by a time code to the spoken word and that's a very powerful tool now inside Premiere Pro where you can analyze the spoken word and connect the text to it using the embedded Adobe Story Script. So I when you have it embedded already, this option will be checked when you go to Analyze Content and if I click OK, it does take a little while. It opens up the Adobe Media Encoder and then compares this spoken word here with the script and then connects the words via time code here.
I am not going to go through that process because it takes a little while, but once that gets done, then all that text is connected to time code and you can jump to the text and edit based on the text. So we will cancel out of this and I will go to the next step in this process. That's Encore and here in Encore we have a finished project where we imported those projects from Premiere Pro. We actually use dynamic linking here to import that particular video with the backdrop set in there, and dynamic linking is one of those great powerful tools in the Creative Suite programs where you can just connect things together without rendering them.
So here we have that project brought in and despite the fact that it's a dynamically linked thing, the metadata, the searchable text, is inside this project. So if I export this to Flash DVD, on the build side of things if I select Flash, and export it to Flash DVD, that searchable text remains in the project. And so if now if I go to the new Adobe Flash DVD Player, which is right there, you can now search on the text. Let me just show you how that works. Click on the Search tool here and all the hits for let's say for the word "explore" will show up.
Not only the subtitles that we have inside of this project, but the embedded speech that's linked directly to a particular spot in the project. (Man 1: I hope you and the gang at Explore California?) (Man 1: Welcome to this week's episode of Explore California?) (Man 1: ?package booked through Explore California.) So there is the word "explore" at the three different places, all immediately accessible simply by doing a search on the word "explore." By the way inside here, you can also search on button names and search on subtitles, but the really cool thing is now that embedded Adobe Story Script is showing up here as searchable metadata inside the Flash DVD.
So that is the five product Script to the Screen workflow, new to CS5.
- Importing assets from DVDs
- Importing from tapeless formats
- Automatically finding gaps between clips
- Playing video with the Mercury Playback Engine
- Importing Adobe Story Scripts with the script-to-screen workflow
- Stacking effects and playing effects back in real time
- Working with Ultra Key
- Searching through footage using face detection
- Moving projects among Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid