Using the Builder macOS Desktop App
Builder is a broad suite of tools for using transcripts to build stories for documentary or reality television.
Lumberjack Builder solves the problem of working with transcripts, not just obtaining them, and builds on work we did in 2010 on an app called prEdit. It also builds on our incorporation of transcripts into FCPX in 2015, and builds on Magic Keywords, which we introduced in 2016.
Which lead us to the conclusion that even a perfect transcript into FCP X isn’t all that helpful.
FCP X does not have very transcript-friendly tools.
In builder we rethought the entire workflow. Starting with transcriptions:
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Simply having transcripts and magic keywords isn’t enough. The Clip and Metadata management area of Builder is where you organize the metadata and keywords for the transcripts. In Builder, a paragraph is equal to a Keyword Ranges (and will be a Keword Range in FCP X). In the transcript and metadata window we can
Lumberjack Builder includes a brand new Keyword Manager that allows us to
Unique Story Building Tools
We could send our transcripts and keywords back to FCP X but we all know that FCP X isn’t optimized for transcript workflows. That’s why we complete the workflow design with a set of unique story building tools, optimized for building stories from transcripts.
Lumberjack Builder is part of the Lumberjack subscription. You only pay for transcription performed in the app.
Lumberjack Builder is currently in a private beta with basic functionality with third party transcriptions. If you'd like to help beta test contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be available to all before mid April, 2018.
Example footage from Born on the Island from EditStock.com
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