Use the document to learn about audio visual (AV) scripts


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Audio visual (AV) scripts separate the audio and video components of the script into two columns. The Audio column contains information about the narrator (character) and the dialogue. The Video column describes the scene or shot corresponding to the narration in the audio column.

AV scripts are commonly used in movies with voice overs such as advertising, corporate videos, and documentaries.

Create AV scripts

  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Projects view, click New.

    • In the Authoring view, select File > New.

  2. In the Create New Document dialog, select AV Script (Two Columns).

  3. Type a title for your script, and click Create.

Write AV scripts

Rows in AV scripts can belong to any of the following types:

  • Rows for scene information containing scene elements

  • Rows for shot information

  • Rows that cannot be classified as any of the above types, specified as none

Lines separating rows in AV scripts are called row markers. Row markers for rows specified as scenes, shots, and none are colored black, gray, and light gray.


Only elements relevant to AV scripts are displayed in the elements menu when you open an AV script.

  1. In the Video column, type the description of the scene. Press tab or Ctrl 2.

  2. Type the name of the character. Press Tab or Ctrl 3.

  3. Type the dialogue for the character. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you want to move to the next shot/scene.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To add a row for a scene, select Add > New Scene. Depending upon whether you want to start the new scene from the scene, character, or dialog, choose the corresponding option.

    • To add a row for a shot, select Add > Row Type > Shot.

    A row is inserted below the current active row where you can enter details for the next scene/shot.


Press Shift+tab to move to the previous element in the script.

In addition to the default elements that are enabled when you press Tab, the elements Parenthetical and General are present in the elements menu. The elements perform the same function as in single-column movie scripts.

View/hide row markers

  1. To view or hide row markers for scenes/shots, select Add > Row Marker. Select the required option from the submenu.

Change row type

  1. Select Add > Row Type, and choose the desired option.

Insert images in AV scripts

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

The procedure and conditions to import or copy images into AV scripts is the same as that for multicolumn scripts. For more information, see Using images in multicolumn scripts.

Copy content from movie scripts

When you copy content from a movie script to an AV script, the formatting is retained. Element information is retained for Character, Dialog, and Parenthetical elements. For other copied elements, Adobe Story assigns the General element.

Import AV scripts

You can import Final Draft AV 2.5 scripts into Adobe Story. The element information in the Final Draft AV Script is mapped to elements in Adobe Story.

  1. Select File > Import.

  2. Navigate to, and select the Final Draft AV 2.5 script that you want to import.

Export AV scripts

You can export AV scripts in the following formats:

  • Adobe Story Interchange Format (ASTX)

  • PDF

  • Text

The procedure to export AV scripts is the same as that for movie scripts.