Working with multi-camera live/studio scripts & rundowns!

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Working with multi-camera live/studio scripts & rundowns!

Our scripts and rundowns for multi-camera live and studio scripts are unique on the market. Here is how to efficiently work with them. 

Where do I find the script functionality?

Just click on Scripts in the sidebar menu, and select “Create live/studio script”.

In which languages can I write?

Even though the Dramatify interface is in English, you can add or write a screenplay in any language, including right-to-left languages like Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.

Customise your script view

In the live/studio script, you can customise your script view by showing or hiding elements. Click on the Show/Hide button in the top right.

Customising multi-camera live & studio scripts

Dark-mode view for shooting

Often, you don’t want a set brightly lit by the light from a number of screens. That’s why we created the darkmode view for crew to be able to read the live & studio script on their tablets or phones, without a disturbing glare.

To switch to dark-mode, just go to the Edit menu to the right and click.

Add dark mode to your entertainment script and rundown

Click on Dark mode in the dropdown menu.

Add dark mode to your entertainment script and rundown

Multi-script productions – episodes and series

If you work with a series, please learn more about how to work with episodes and series.

CuePilot integration

CuePilot is the “The first ever dedicated software for live TV shows and events”. You can see the result of CuePilot in the “music video editing” of large shows like The European Song Contest. Cue Pilot allows you to test and plan visionmixer edits, as well as cues to performers and stage staff.

You can now upload and attach CuePilot files to Dramatify’s live & studio scripts to have everything readable in one place. You can upload a CuePilot shot list to the entire script, or just specific scenes.

CuePilot integration

How to add a CuePilot shot list

You can attach a CuePilot shot list either to an entire script, or just to a specific scene. A Dramatify scene is equal to a CuePilot act.

1. Uploading a CuePilot shot list for an entire script

First, export the CuePilot shot list for your entire project according to the CuePilot instructions.

In Dramatify, click on Episodes & Scripts (or just Scripts if you are not using Episodes) and select the script you want to attach the shot list to. In the upper right hand corner, click on the menu icon and select CuePilot Import.  Follow the instructions in the popup importer.

CuePilot import step 1

CuePilot import step 2

2. Uploading a CuePilot shot list for a single scene

There are two occations where you might want to import or replace a shot list for a single scene:

  1. You only use Cuepilot for a single scene in your show
  2. You want to replace an already uploaded shot list, with a new version but do not want to replace the shot lists of all scenes.

To upload the shot list, first export the CuePilot shot list for the relevant scene in CuePilot.

Find your script in Dramatify, and then the scene the shot list should be added to. Click on the pen icon to edit an exisiting scene, or create a new scene. At the bottom of the scene editor, you’ll see a button marked “CuePilot act”. Click the button and follow the instructions in the import window.

Import a single CuePilot act

STEP 1: Add a script
To start writing your script, click on Scripts in the sidebar menu, and then Create Live/studio script.

Add scripts

STEP 2: Script settings - select your content

On the script setting page, start with adding a title, and then decide which information your technical script should contain. The script settings contain settings for the columns and content for the technical script.

Settings for the technical script

Scene number and scene heading are default information. Synopsis will only be shown in scheduling and call sheets to differentiate scenes with similar scene headings.

Source is the source from where the content is coming; live, music, EVS, studio, speaker, and so on. You can also add scene notes, set, and cast and character information if you’d like.

In the scene content section, you can show information in the order you like by selecting column order. You can also turn off columns that you don’t need. You can at any time add another content column, should you need it.

The timing section

The timing section might need som explanation.  Scene length is self-explanatory while running time is all scene time added together, scene after scene so you can keep track of total length.

Instead of running time, you can use real time. That means if you have a show starting at 8 pm, you can add that start time, and Dramatify will track at which time each segment should start – in real time.

Say that the show starts at 8 o’clock at night with a 10 second intro, then a thirty second promo of today’s show, followed by the 60 second opening scene

Real time will then be:

Intro: 20:00.10
Promo: 20:00:40
Opening scene: 20:01:40

You can also use reverse time to see exactly how much time you have left after each scene, that is, it counts the time backwards. To use reverse time, you need to know the exact total length of the finished material. Reversed time can be added after you have written the script if you are uncertain of final total length.

When you are done with your settings, you just click save.

Multi-camera live & studio script settings

 

STEP 3: Write a scene

f you have just added a script, you will automatically be forwarded to the script page, and just click “Add scene” to begin.

If the script already has been added, you click on Scripts in the sidebar menu.

Start writing

To start writing, add the scene number and the scene heading, then the other information – as much or as little as you need.

Add characters/cast and sets

To add characters/cast and sets to your production, you can either do it before or during writing by adding characters/cast and sets under Characters and Sets respectively in the sidebar menu. Learn more through our tutorials on Characters and Sets.

You can also add characters/cast and sets, along with scene items, breakdown notes, and director’s notes, in the breakdown after your script is done. That is the most efficient method for larger productions. Learn more in our tutorial on breakdown.

Add scene content

Then click in the script text area to start writing. Now you will see the styles menu appear, where you can select Action or Dialogue. This will put an icon before any action or dialogue, letting team members know what each line is, but also selecting this content for later teleprompter export.

You can write without using the action and dialogue styles, but you will then not be able to select only dialogue for teleprompter export but will get all text.

To add more action or dialogue, just hit enter and the marker be on the next line with a new icon in front of it. Use the styles menu if you want to switch from dialogue to action, or the reverse.

You then tab or click to add information to the camera, audio, graphics and screen columns.

Add typography

You have several typography selections if you want to format your text in a way that stands out. You can make the text bold or italic, make it bigger or smaller, as well as making indentations.

Live/studio scripts, typography

Add segment – keeping content inline

To keep scene information inline with each other, you add a new segment by clicking on the Add segment link underneath the editor.  Each segment’s information will then line up with each other.

Add scene in live & studio scripts

The scene editor

When you put the cursor in the action/dialogue field, the script editor automatically will appear. By selecting action or dialogue you will get an icon in front of each paragraph. It will also help you when exporting to teleprompter (see more below). Scene text that is neither action or dialogue but only plain text will NOT be exported.


Move segments

To move segments within a scene, grab the cross in the left-hand side of the segment, and simply drag and drop in the new order.

Drag-and-drop-segments

RTL languages

If you write in a right-to-left language, like Arabic, Hebrew or Farsi, click on the right-to-left button to the right in the editor toolbar. As you see the cursor moves to the right-hand side of the textarea.

Scene editor for live & studio scripts for RTL languages, arabic, hebrew, farsi

STEP 4: Editing a scene

To edit a scene, just click on the pen icon on the right hand side of the scene. If you can’t see it, it means that you do not have Admin permissions and therefore haven’t the right to edit the script.

Live & studio scripts, edit scene

STEP 5: Adding a new scene between two existing ones

Sometimes you realise that you have missed a scene, and need to add a new scene between two existing scenes.

Just add a new scene and give it the scene number where you want to add it. All following scenes will be pushed down in order.

STEP 6: Copying a scene

You can easily copy or duplicate a scene by going to the end of the script and clicking on “Duplicate scene“.

Duplicate scene

In the drop-down menu, select which scene you want to copy.

Copy / duplicate a scene - live/studio script

Then click “duplicate“.

Copy / duplicate a scene - live/studio script

The duplicated scene will automatically get the last scene number. To add the scene between two previous scenes, just add which scene number the scene should have. All following scenes will be pushed down automatically.

Copy / duplicate a scene - live/studio script

STEP 7: Re-ordering scenes

If you simply want to reorder scenes, or switch the order of two scenes, click on Reorder scenes. Here you can simply use the cross-shaped icon to drag and drop your scenes in the order you want them.
Click to save the new scene order.

Live & studio scripts, reorder scenes

 

Reorder scenes

STEP 8: Deleting a scene

To delete a scene, click on the pen icon. In the scene editor, click on the red “Delete scene” button at the bottom right of the editor.

Delete a scene in a live / studio script

STEP 9: Deleting a script

To delete an entire script, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings.

You’ll find the delete button at the bottom right of the settings page.

STEP 10: Change script title

To change the script title, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings. At the top of the page you can change the script title and then save the change.

STEP 11: Adding, re-ordering or removing columns in the script

To change any column settings in the script, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings. 

Make the changes you want to the columns and save.

STEP 12: Printing the script

If you want to print a script, you just use the print command in the web browser. You can choose to print your script in portrait mode or landscape, and also if you want background colors or not.

STEP 13: Exporting a telepromter feed

To export text to any teleprompter, click on the menu to the right (circled).

Live/studio script menu

Click on the menu button and select “Export” in the menu (circled).

Teleprompter export of live/studio script and rundown

If you only want to export dialogue, check the box, otherwise, all script text with an action or dialogue icon will be exported. If text is missing in the export, you have not formatted it correctly with action or dialogue. Click “Export” when you have made your selection.

Selecting teleprompter export

In the following window, right-click on the link and select “Save link as…” and save it on your computer. You have now a text file that you can import into almost any teleprompter.

Copy / duplicate a scene - live/studio script

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