Script-to-screen workflow

Use the document to learn the script-to-screen workflow


Adobe ended the Adobe Story CC service on January 22, 2019. Both Adobe Story CC and the Adobe Story CC (Classic) are discontinued. The Adobe Story CC offline application has also ended. See End of service FAQ for more information.

Adobe Story's script-to-screen workflow with Adobe Production Premium suite CS5 and later helps you turn project plans into efficient productions.

Export scripts in Adobe Story as an ASTX file

In the Adobe Story script, essential elements in the script are captured as metadata.

Import the ASTX file into OnLocation

To skip OnLocation and import the file directly into Premiere Pro, see Better speech analysis using imported Adobe Scripts in Premiere Pro (CS5.5).

OnLocation is a direct-to-disk recording, logging, and monitoring solution. OnLocation captures metadata information in the Adobe Story document when you import the ASTX file.

The imported metadata is used to automatically create shot lists in the Project panel. The automation of shot lists saves time and reduces errors by eliminating the need to manually create shot placeholders and metadata during preproduction.

Shot placeholders are automatically created in the OnLocation Project panel. The shot list matches the scenes in the imported Adobe Story script.

Project panel in OnLocation - automatically created shot placeholders in the shot list using scenes in the imported Story script

You can also further break out each scene according to your production needs. For example, in a three-camera shoot, you can quickly create duplicate placeholders of scenes in various shot sizes. When you create duplicate placeholders, Adobe Story copies all the shot level metadata from a selected placeholder to its duplicate placeholders.

Link movie clips to shot placeholders

In OnLocation, drag a video file onto a shot placeholder to merge the Adobe Story metadata with the actual video footage. The following formats in OnLocation support Adobe Story metadata: MPEG-2 DV, MPEG-2 HDV, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO 25,H264 DV (.mp4), XDCAM and XDCAM EX.

For tapeless cameras, ensure that you synchronize the time in the internal clocks of your cameras with the time on your computer. You can perform such synchronization using the Time Stamp feature in OnLocation. When clips are copied from the tapeless camera, OnLocation automatically merges the metadata in each placeholder with the corresponding video clip.

For more information, see the OnLocation User Guide.

Import movie clips from OnLocation into Premiere Pro

All metadata in the clips is carried over to Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro carries over correct spelling, proper names, and punctuation from the script, benefits that standard speech analysis cannot provide.

The imported metadata helps you perform the following post-production tasks more efficiently.

  • Locate media assets using details such as their filename, date, time, and camera setting.

  • While editing, Speech Search in Adobe Premiere Pro helps you search within media assets to locate and jump immediately to keywords in spoken dialogue. The ability to use the embedded Adobe Story script to assist speech-to-text analysis process makes speech search more accurate.

  • Metadata search can significantly speed the time-consuming process of wading through large quantities of footage to find relevant clips. For example, you can quickly find all clips in a project that contain a particular word.

  • You can also create rough cuts based on speech-analysis text in Premiere Pro. Add In and Out points directly in the Speech Analysis section of the Metadata panel. Marking In and Out points in text is much faster than marking them in the movie clip.

    The Speech Analysis panel in Premiere Pro. The In point starts before the word "for", and the Out point after the letter "O" in the word "you"

For more information, see the Premiere Pro User Guide.

Create engaging video experiences

Use Adobe Media Encoder to batch encode multiple versions of source content to a wide variety of video formats for delivery on various media. Media assets retain metadata captured from Adobe Story scripts or added throughout production in OnLocation and Adobe Premiere Pro.

When you use Adobe Media Encoder to deliver to web video formats such as F4V, the metadata makes it easier for users to search content. The metadata also makes it possible to build customized engaging interactive online experiences. For example, your users can look for scenes that are shot at a specific location.

Dynamic Link lets you open the Adobe Premiere Pro sequences directly in Encore without rendering.

In Encore, metadata can be used as the basis for DVD and Blu-ray Disc subtitles and chapter titles. Encore creates a search database using metadata from speech analysis text in Premiere Pro. The Web DVD interface ensures a more engaging experience by allowing users to search within a web DVD using keywords.

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