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Adobe Updates Story CC Plus

By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS)

Adobe has updated Story CC Plus. Story CC Plus 2014 is an application for scriptwriting and scheduling projects.

Adobe Story CC Plus 2014 now includes Live Entertainment workflows, which Adobe says gives writers and directors, ". . .custom scripts for programs with music-driven scripting and camera movements." Story also offers more customizable options for formatting, and XML reporting for DPP (Digital Production Partnership) workflow.

Adobe says, ". . . the team has focused on implementing key features for Live Entertainment productions. We have worked closely with key partners in the industry to reflect recognized script elements for key production roles, while extending the unique value of the Story platform through scheduling, reporting, and collaboration. In addition to these enhancements, the team has improved the ability to customize elements in scripts and templates."

Those working with music-driven projects will now be able to cue camera shots or other visuals by allowing writers and directors to enter the number of bars or beats until the next event. These are called Vision Beats and Bars. Another option are Sound Elements. Adobe says, "Sound Elements are used when you want to cue music or sound based on a script notation. The Sound elements contain a description field for the notations, and appear on the right side of the script. A solid vertical line is automatically drawn from a sound In-Point to the sound Out-Point."

Photo courtesy Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe Story CC 2014 will now support multiple lines in the header and footer of documents. Adobe says, "You can choose what fields to display in the left, center and right side of each row for header/footer as well as how many rows of text you want. You can even choose to enter free-form prefix text for each value." Another new formatting feature is the ability to remove or add element types, as well as change the names of elements. Adobe says this new feature will help "to match the correct terminology for your production and your crew.

Adobe also says the new version of Story supports creating camera cards from either source scripts or shooting scripts. People working on projects for broadcast can now enter the Script On-Air Time, which is the start of the show in broadcast 24-hour format. Artists can use this to help time the show.

Adobe says, "The Scene On-Air time of any scene is autogenerated based on the duration of the previous scenes and duration of previous part breaks and the opening title. The Script Outline view displays the On-Air time and cumulative running time or running time based on the View > Scene Duration setting. If you hover the mouse over the time values, a tooltip would show to let you know if the time value is On-Air time or cumulative running time or running time."

Writers, producers and directors can also enter durations for opening titles and closing titles, as well as break times. Adobe says, "This feature is useful when you want to plan out the timing for an entire show including titles, commercial breaks, and ending credits."

Adobe Story CC Plus 2014 is available as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, as well as a stand-alone subscription. For more information, check out Adobe’s website here.

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