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You can order transcripts from within Builder (see Order Transcripts in Builder below), which is recommended, or you can use your own transcripts one one of the compatible formats supported by Builder. Builder supports a wide range of text, and document formats.
Builder is a document based app, which means that you can work on many projects simultaneously, each in their own document. Each document is self contained (other than media) and can be shared between users. Builder documents have a .ljb suffix. Each document can have multiple stories.
The footage in the Help examples is from the EditStock project "Born on the Island"
By default Builder will link to the same media location as the Clips in FCP X. This works fine if you can share the Library with a story Editor or Producer, but if they want to work remotely, it will be easier to use no media, or proxy media (for small file sizes).
The same solution - use Proxy or Optimized Media - works for media formats that require a Final Cut Pro X camera plug-in, like R3D or C300 media. These are not supported in Builder directly. You can find the details here.
The list of Builder keyboard shortcuts and Glossary is here.
You can play through all the Builder Help in this Playlist. It will take approximately 18 minutes to play through all the Help, or you can view topic specific videos under each heading.
Not every interview is gold from start to finish, so you can pre-trim an AV Clip in FCP X before sending to Builder for transcription. (You cannot trim Synchronized or Multicam Clips, and Builder does not work with Compound Clips or Projects.)
IMPORTANT: Pre-trimming Clips in Premiere Pro before sending to Builder has not been tested and is not recommended yet.
In FCP X, from the Clip menu select Open Clip. This opens the clip into a Timeline
In the Clip timeline, make edits. You can:
IMPORTANT: When editing inside a Clip, Blade All is inactive. You must blade each component directly. Having Snapping active make this easier and more accurate.
When you send this Clip (in an Event) to Builder for transcription and editing, only the remaining parts of the Clip will be transcribed, saving money.
You can import XML from either Final Cut Pro X or from Premiere Pro CC.
For Final Cut Pro X you can import XML from a file or by dragging a Library, or one (or more) Events to the Builder Clip List view direct from FCP X. You can incrementally update Events from FCP X by importing an updated XML file. The Event structure from FCP X is displayed in Builder.
For Premiere Pro export XML by selecting a Project, or one or more Bins, XML to a convenient location and import to Builder. You can incrementally update Builder by importing an updated XML export. Builder will only add new Clips. The Bin Structure from Premiere Pro is displayed in Builder.
Before an XML file is imported Builder will accept either Premiere or FCP X XML, but after first import the document is locked to the same XML format as the first import, and the Import button changes text appropriately.
To link transcripts to your clips, select the pull-down menu item next to the clip name and select "Link to Transcript" (to add a transcript). Match the first Clip to the matching transcript name. (Clip name not media file name.) Clip name can be an AV clip, audio only, Synchronized Clip or Multicam Clip. Builder will find any other transcripts that match clip names, and link to them.
Important: Make sure your transcript formatting is correct for Builder. There should be no header or title in the transcript itself. Read more about transcript format and the best options from transcription services.
If you accidentally link the wrong transcript to a Clip, or need to update a transcript already linked to a Clip, Remove the Clip, Re-import the XML containing the Clip, and link to the correct or updated transcript.
Note: Time stamps in transcripts are used to align the transcript to the clips. We break the transcript into one sentence text ranges during import. These one sentence text ranges better match the way people add sound bites to a Story.
Builder originally did create text ranges from transcript documents with text range breaks, and it was demoed that way in the early days. But those early demos spent a lot of time breaking down text ranges, and it became obvious that there should be a better way.
There are three reasons why it was changed to breaking on sentences:
- shorter sound bites are more useful to work with
- it is faster in Builder to join together two (or more) sentences than to split a text range into sentences
- there are no text range breaks in transcripts from SRT or JSON data
To order an automated transcript for any clip, click on the pull down menu beside the clip name and select “Add to Transcription Batch.” Once added to a batch, the indicator color changes to yellow until the transcription is ready.
Transcriptions ordered from within Builder will be charged to the credit card on file at 35c per minute. You will only be charged for the minutes in each transcription batch. The credit card charge will show Lumberjack Transcript and the Builder Project name so you can more easily apportion costs to each project.
If you accidentally add a clip to a transcription batch by mistake, you can remove it from the batch from the same menu.
You can add multiple clips that will be processed in one batch.
When you’ve added all the clips for this batch, click on the Batch button to open the batch manager.
You’ll see the clip names and status in the main interface.
At the bottom of the window you’ll see the total duration for the batch, and how much you’ll be charged. We charge only the amount required for each batch to the card on file at Stripe. You can change that card by following the link from Builder’s Preferences.
Choose the language from the pop-up menu. For all English leave it at the default Global. Global has proven to be more accurate than any of the region specific English options.
When you’re ready, click Submit to start the process.
IMPORTANT: Do not close the Builder document or quite the app while files are uploading. Doing so will stop the batch uploading and can lead to duplicate transcription charges.
If you have mixed languages to process, create a batch for each language.
Every item in the batch is handled in parallel, so it takes very little time to get the transcripts back. Any batch will only take as long as the longest clip’s processing time.
When the transcript is complete the indicator will turn green and the transcript will be available, aligned to your clips.
The entire process is usually way faster than real time.
Three clips, with 14 minutes in total took 1’45” (one minute, 45 seconds) from when I clicked submit. That’s upload, transcribe and return the results.
You can export Transcripts ordered (and corrected) in Builder to a Text file with time stamps. If the original media has Timecode, the exported time stamps will match the media Timecode.
In order to replace a clip (with an updated version from FCP X); to link to a different (updated) transcript, or to simply remove a Clip from the Builder Project, click on the orange/green button at the right of the Clip and select Remove Clip.
The Clip will be removed from the Builder Project. If this is the last Clip in a FCP X Event inside Builder, the Event header will also be removed.
After removing the clip you want to update, import an updated XML for that FCP X Event. Only Clips currently not in the Builder Project will be added.
After removing the clip you want to update, import the original (unchanged) XML for that FCP X Event. Only Clips currently not in the Builder Project will be added.
Then link an updated Transcript to the newly imported Clip
IMPORTANT: There's only one problem with the new Delete Clip function in Builder. It will lose any keywords applied to that clip's text ranges. The keywords remain and will autocomplete in the Keyword entry box, and be visible in the Keyword Manager.
If you want to retain those keyword ranges, first Export Clips to send the logged Keyword Ranges to the FCP X Event.
When you're ready to add the Clip back to Builder (perhaps with an updated transcript) then export new XML from FCP X (or drag and drop the Event). When you link the updated transcript the keyword ranges from FCP X (that originated in Builder) will be applied to the new Clip/Transcript combination.
While there are powerful clip logging tools in Lumberjack Builder, you can go straight to story building after linking transcriptions and filter from all the source material.
With a text range selected you can play by pressing: the play button, the space bar, J, K, or L keys (although L won't do much at the start of a clip). Multicam Clips will play the active angle selected in FCP X when the XML was exported.
A text range is a Keyword Range
You can split a clip into two text ranges/keyword ranges by inserting the cursor and pressing RETURN on the keyboard.
You can merge contiguous text ranges by selecting the two (or more) text ranges to be and clicking on Merge Selected
You can merge a selected text range with the following text range by pressing ]
You can merge the selected text range with the previous text range by pressing [
When you merge text ranges the new joined text range retains all People and Keywords from the original text ranges.
IMPORTANT: If you have trimmed a text range and added it to a Story, or have trimmed a text range in a Story, and you merge that text range with an adjacent one in Transcript View, the instances of that text range in a Story, or all Stories, will also have the additional, merged, transcript and associated audio and video.
If you split a text range in one story, the split text ranges will be used in all other stories that use that text ranges. The story will be the same (unlike with merging text ranges) but will comprise two or more contiguous text ranges to keep the story intent the same.
In Transcript Mode Builder has three playback options:
For Playback the Space Bar will start and stop playback, while JKL behave as expected. High speed scrub supports pitch corrected audio during playback.
There are no restrictions on editing text. Select the text to edit and typ in the replacing text. Similarly you can add punctuation as you would normally. There are no special tools for punctuation or editing. Speakers/People are named in the People filed (Command + p)
Each text range can have an unlimited number of content keywords. Each text range is a keyword range. The People filed is also a Keyword Range. There must always be a Person keyword.
Select the People field with Command + p. Select the Keywords field with Command + k.
When multiple text ranges are selected, adding a Person or Keyword adds these to the existing values. If you wish to remove unneeded Keywords, use the Keyword Manager to do it globally.
Each text range can have a "paper color" applied to identify the person speaking in that text range.
With transcripts that have only infrequent time stamps, there can be some inaccuracies at the text range boundaries. You can click the "Show Trimming" button to trim the head or tail of the clip, relative to the transcript.
When a text range is selected, and the Playhead is not at the start or end of the Clip, you can trim the Head, or Tail, of a text range to the current Playhead position, without activating Trimming.
With the Playhead in the position you want:
Trim the Head to the current Playhead by clicking Trim Head, or press Option + [
Trim the Tail to the current Playhead by clickign Trim Tail, or press Option + ]
Note: If you attempt to trim more than half the duration you will be warned and given a chance to cancel.
Builder includes a powerful, global (to the document) Keyword Manager. Keywords can be deleted without affecting other applied keyword ranges. Keywords can be merged by dropping the correct keyword on the incorrect one.
The Keyword Manager can open Keywords from Lumberjack System's web application and use those to update keywords in this document.
While not recommended, the corrected transcripts with added keywords can be exported to FCP X and will update the original Event with the new metadata. The transcript will appear in the Notes filed of the Keyword Range. You can send direct to a copy of FCP X running on the same computer, or export zipped XML to send to another computer with FCP X.
We do not update Premiere Pro Bins with the Builder logging.
It is not immediately obvious in FCP X, how to Filter to the Keyword Range containing the word. If you select the Event, every instance of the Clip will show in the Filtered result.
For successful Filtering you need to select the Keywords - Lumberjack folder (after importing metadata from Builder) before Filtering., or other Folder containing the Keyword Ranges that have text in their Notes field.
In Story Mode you can filter selects using the Filter box at the top of the Selects column. Builder supports both "OR" and "AND" searching. You can use either type of search and limit it to Favorites only. Selects filter on the words in the transcript and Keywords added to a text range.
You can change the search type for the Filter in Transcript and Selects view. The options are to filer either All fields; or just People, Keywords or Transcript.
When a search field is active there’s a little arrow to the right of the magnifying glass, which is the Mac’s subtle way of telling you there’s a menu there.
You can change the search type before doing a search or change to a different filter type re-filters with the same terms.
Stories are built by adding text ranges from the Selects LIST to the Storyline on the right. You can press the 'e' key to append the text range, or drag the text range to the location in the Storyline where it fits the story. You can select multiple text ranges and add them to the story together.
If a text range is selected in Selects or Story view, the same text range will be selected in the Transcript view. Simply return to Transcript view and the same text range will be highlighted in context. When searching in Clip Logging Transcripts or within the Select List, if you select a text range within a search result, then clear the result, the text range(s) will remain highlighted in context in the Selects list.
To add temporary narration or voice over in the Storyline, select the clip before the narration should start.
Builder will use the System Voice and Language to create an audio file that will be used in FCP X.
Builder can export:
The Story to FCP X as a Project (directly or via zipped XML) OR to Premiere Pro as a Sequence (directly or via zipped XML)
The script of the Story as a text document
The script of the temp narration pieces for approval and recording
An MP4 Preview of the Story.
If you export to a watch folder for Frame.io or into DropBox the preview MP4 can be shared for review.
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