If you haven’t taken a look at the Adobe site yet, make sure you sign up for Adobe Story. It’s a collaborative script development tool that has been available on Adobe Labs since IBC 2009. The last 6 months have been fantastic for the Adobe Story team as we’ve received a lot of input and kudos from testers to make it a fantastic tool to speed production and post production. We already have a good community on labs and also on our facebook page and twitter feed.
Educational institutions, scriptwriters and independent producers are intrigued by what Story is bringing to the table and how it leverages the metadata from your script to get you from script to screen faster. I had the opportunity to validate this workflow with David Harris, a producer and editor at MTV New Media. By following our Script to Screen workflow, David was able to search 100s of hours of clips based on location, character and dialog to quickly find relevant takes and put together his sequence in Premiere Pro CS5. Speech to text in Premiere Pro CS5 is also almost a 100% accurate when you use the embedded Story metadata in each clip.
“”Editing and producing documentaries involves hundreds or thousands of hours of sifting and searching through footage. The Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium workflow saves me weeks on my documentary project by making all my footage immediately accessible and searchable so I can focus on storytelling, not on clip hunting. With Adobe’s script-to-screen workflow, the gap between a script edit and a rough cut is smaller than I ever imagined it could be.”
You can use Story as a part of the CSLive suite of services or as a standalone application. You can work online and offline on your scripts. We also support creation of AV Scripts, free form documents, tagging and breakdown reports in Story. We will updating Story every eight weeks after the launch of CS5 later this month so I encourage you to try the application. Its free for one year after you sign up.