Cut lines

Use the document to learn how to work with cut lines


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Available for: Adobe Story Plus

Cut lines let you enter shots on a script and assign them to cameras.

Now you can add the following types of cut lines in a script:

  1. Camera Shot: You can add a camera shot in a script along with a solid or dashed line. This information helps studio personnel identify and prepare for changes to camera, camera position, or effects at the specified point in the scene.

  2. Video Tape: This break gives information of any videotape to play in between two scenes.

  3. Recording Break: Insert a recording break to indicate a break such as a tea break or tape stop.

Insert a camera shot

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

  1. Place the cursor where you want to insert a cut line.

  2. Select Production > Camera Shot.

    The Camera Shot dialog

  3. Select the appropriate shot type.

    • Shot Line: In the script, a cut mark (cut line) appears at the cursor location and extends as a shot line toward the page margin. Shot Information is displayed at the end of the shot line. If you do not want Adobe Story to assign a shot number, deselect Shot Number. Enter information for visual effects (Vision FX), camera number (Camera), camera position/location (Position), and description of the shot in the respective options.

    • As directed: Use this option it is for the Director to decide later how the shot should proceed. When you choose this option, Adobe Story adds the text As Directed in the camera field.

    • Shot Development: Use this option when you want to change the camera and shot information in the middle of a dialogue. The options for effects and camera position are disabled when you choose this option. For example, you want the camera to zoom out of the object when the dialogue is being spoken. Enter the camera number and a description of the shot in the respective options.

    • Camera Reposition: Use this option when you want to change the camera position in the middle of a shot. Enter the camera number and description after you select the option.

    • Isolated shot: When a camera is idle (not filming a scene in the script), the director or camera operator sometimes shoot something spontaneously as backup/ interesting alternative. Such a shot is an isolated shot. Isolated shots are prefixed with ISO in description. In general camera operators tend to film something random when their camera is not required, such as in between two shots.

    • Pickup Shot: A pick-up shot is a relatively minor shot filmed after the main footage is already shot. A pick-up shot has a dotted line. Pick-up shots do not get numbered. Pick-up shots are prefixed with PICKUP in description.

  4. Select Solid Line or Dashed Line as Line Style.

  5. Apply a Sub Shot, if required.

    A scene shot in one go is called the first pass. If the director wants to move the cameras and shoot the scene again, the scene is called a second pass. This second pass needs a camera script. The only way to put the second pass on the script again is to put sub shots. Sub shots are numbered by using an alphabetic suffix with the previous shot’s number. If the previous shot’s number is 203, the sub shots are numbered such as 203a, 203b, and 203c.

  6. If you have a requirement to start Camera Shot numbering from a specific number (say 200), enter the number.

    Custom camera shots in the Camera Shot dialog


    While creating reports such as Shooting Order Script, you can choose to maintain the custom shot numbers assigned in the source script or let the shots renumber automatically. Shot number settings from the Shooting Order script are carried forward in other reports created using the script. 

Story lists details of cameras used in the scene on the upper left of the script page beside the scene heading. Details include the number and position of the camera used for each shot in a sorted manner. If you make any camera-related change for any shot, Story updates the list at runtime to reflect the changes.

Manage camera shot numbers

When you assign camera shot numbers, numbers are sequentially assigned to the camera shots in a script. You can choose to reset the camera shot numbering to 1 for every page or every scene.

  1. In the Authoring view, select Production > Manage Camera Shot Numbers.
  2. Select Assign Camera Shot Numbers.
  3. As necessary, choose one of the following:
    Reset Numbering On New Page: Story resets the camera shot number to 1 on every new page.
    Reset Numbering On New Scene: Story resets the camera shot number to 1 with start of every new scene.
    Do Not Reset Numbering: Story does not reset camera shot numbering on new pages or new scenes.
  4. If you already have camera shot numbers in the selected script that you want to retain, select Keep Existing Camera Shot Numbers. When you select this option, the present camera shot numbers are left undisturbed even when you insert new camera shots. The new camera shots are numbered alphabetically and take the previous existing camera shot's number as a prefix. For example, if you insert two camera shots following camera shot number 3, they are numbered as 3A and 3B.

Additional Information

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

To display any information in the script, you can add additional information to a script. This information appears on the left side of the printed page.

Add additional information

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

  • Select Production > Insert Additional Information.

Keyboard shortcuts for camera shot

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to select options for Shot Type in the Camera Shot Instructions dialog. Each option under the Shot Type section is associated with a keyboard number key. The keyboard shortcut appears in parentheses beside the option.


Windows® shortcut

Mac Shortcut

Launches Camera Shot dialog

Ctrl+Shift C

Cmd/Control+Shift C

Launches Video Tape dialog

Ctrl+Shift V

Cmd/Control+Shift V

Launches Recording Break dialog

Ctrl+Shift R

Cmd/Control+Shift R

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'Shot Line' selected

Ctrl+Shift 5

Cmd/Control+Shift 5

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'As Directed' selected

Ctrl+Shift 6

Cmd/Control+Shift 6

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'Shot Development' selected

Ctrl+Shift 7

Cmd/Control+Shift 7

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'Camera Reposition' selected

Ctrl+Shift 8

Cmd/Control+Shift 8

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'Isolated Shot' selected

Ctrl+Shift 9

Cmd/Control+Shift 9

Launches Camera Shot dialog with type 'Pickup Shot' selected

Ctrl+Shift 0

Cmd/Control+Shift 0

For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Story, See Chapter 14: Keyboard Shortcuts.

Edit Camera Shot information

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Double-click the cut mark of the cut line in the script.

    • Click the cut line on the left side (where the shot info is displayed).

  2. In the dialog that appears, edit the information.

Insert a recording break

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

  1. Place your cursor anywhere in the line after which you want to add the break/tape stop.

  2. Select Production > Recording Break.

  3. In the Recording Break dialog, enter recording details.

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