Learn the AV Script Editor in Celtx

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Learn to use the AV script editor of the Celtx screenwriting software in this free screenwriting software video.

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DREW NOAH: So now I'm going to talk about another script editor in Celtx and that is the A/V Script. To add it just like any other item, I'm going to go to Add button and pick an A/V script, which means an audio-visual script for your project, and there it is. And what an A/V Script is it's a--imagine like a documentary with voice over, and that's basically the most basic A/V script. You have your footage and then you have dialog that maybe is recorded separately as in, like, what a voice over would be. It's also maybe useful for something like an ad which is also include like a voice over, and then maybe a music video. You can write out the lyrics and the dialog, and then you have what's supposed to be on video as you go along. So basically, it's going to separate your audio and video, and it does that because you'd either be recording them at separate times like a voice over in a documentary. So our options are Scene Heading, Shot, Character, Dialog and Parenthetical. And just like the Screenplay Editor, it all kind of works real conveniently. You got the same tool bar and everything. So let's enter a Scene Heading, do INTERIOR COMPUTER DESK. And then if I hit return, you see I go to shot, and I can enter in what those shot is or like what the visual is. If I hit Return again, I go to Character, and this would be whoever is talking, the audio part of the script. I hit Return again and I get to Dialog. And from here, I hit Enter again, I go back to Character. And remember, Return is going to take me backwards in this setup, and Tab is going to take me forwards. So I'm in a parenthetical but if I Return, I'm going backwards to Dialog, backwards to Shot, backwards to Scene Heading. If I Tab, I'm going forward to Shot, forward to Character, forward to Parenthetical. So just remember that, and you can navigate easily that way. If I want to go back to go to a new character, that's how I would do that, and then Return takes me to the next logical thing which, of course, is Dialog. So to see what this script is going to look like when it's done, you need to go to the TypeSet, and it's going to format the script. And this is what your A/V script will look like. It is going to separate out video and audio, and this is why it's convenient for something like a voice over. So that's what an A/V script is and how you use it in Celtx. You still got your scene navigator over here as well as the same features from the Screenplay, Title Page, Index Cards, Reporting and then your Script Editor which is what I just showed you, so that's the A/V Script Editor in Celtx.


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