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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?
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.
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.
Click on Dark mode in the dropdown menu.
Multi-script productions – episodes and series
If you work with a series, please learn more about how to work with episodes and series.
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.
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. NOTE! For the import to work correctly it’s important that the Cue Pilot shot list has act / scene numbers.
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.
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:
- You only use Cuepilot for a single scene in your show
- 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.
STEP 1: Add a script
STEP 2: Rundown settings - select your content
On the script setting page, start with adding a title, and then decide which information your rundown should contain.
Settings for the rundown
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.
Note that if you turn off a content column it will not delete any content you might have put there, only hide it.
The timing section
The timing section might need some 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.
The UX section
In the action/dialogue column, formatting is proceeded by an icon indicating action, dialogue and optionally also camera. The formatting is necessary for a correct export to teleprompters, closed-captioning and subtitling. If you do not wish to display icons in the rundown, you can turn them off in the UX section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STEP 5: Adding notes
There are two ways you can add notes to your rundown.
- A scene note, optionally with a thumbnail image, that is displayed underneath the scene. It can be turned on and off by each user in the top Show/Hide controls.
- A segment note that is inline with each segment/shot. It’s one additional column that you can add in the scene settings.
STEP 6: 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 7: Copying a scene
You can easily copy or duplicate a scene by going to the end of the script and clicking on “Duplicate scene“. In the drop-down menu, select which scene you want to copy. Then click “duplicate“. 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.
STEP 8: 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.
STEP 9: 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.
STEP 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Exporting a telepromter feed
To export text to any teleprompter, click on the menu to the right (circled). Click on the menu button and select “Export” in the menu (circled). 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. 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.