Sounds in Sync EdiCue V3

Sounds in Sync EdiCue V3

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Sounds in Sync EdiCue V3

Create ADR and Department Notes within Pro Tools easily with EdiCue

EdiCue is an application that allows sound editors and supervisors to create ADR cues and department notes within Pro Tools. These cues and notes are generally created after a spotting session and ideally before anyone starts working on the sound for the project - including the scheduling of actors for record.

Once all cues and notes have been created, EdiCue exports a range of files including ADR scripts and files to aid with the recording process. These files can be loaded into our partner app EdiPrompt while actors are recorded. EdiPrompt displays the cues on-screen and helps automate the recoding process when using Pro Tools.

What's New in EdiCue V3

  • New 64bit app with updated user interface that is macOS dark mode and HiDPI compatible
  • PDF layouts that can be designed to customise every element including adding logos and selecting which fields to display
  • Controls to style the ADR cue 'Line' text to bold, italic, underline or set the color of the text
  • A 'Segment List' to allow cueing of multiple reels or episodes in a single session
  • The option to export PDFs with editable fields so that TBW PDFs can be edited
  • Detail rows in the ADR summary to breakdown each character by Priority, Cue Status, Reason or Reason Category
  • Additional fields in each cue including a new BVox (Breaths and Vocals) checkbox
  • New 'token' setting fields to customise the contents of the exported filenames and cue numbers
  • Updated Import ADR Data window that automatically aligns the destination fields
  • New PDF data import option to import data from edited fields in an EdiCue PDF. E.g. TBW PDF
  • Production settings file can now be stored in a custom location. E.g. external or network drive

Creating Cues in Pro Tools

EdiCue has been designed around storing ADR cue and department note data in a Pro Tools session. A separate audio track is created for each character and department, and the data for each cue is stored in a clip or empty clip-group. Data for specific fields are stored within 'tags' in the track names and clip names.

By storing the cue data in a Pro Tools session, the timing of each cue can easily be checked and cues can be re-conformed with our application EdiLoad when picture changes occur. These cue tracks can also be shared with other editors or mixers so they can see where ADR will be supplied, or see their supervisor's notes in the timeline as they work.

Session Interface Window

The EdiCue Session Interface window allows sound supervisors to prepare ADR cues with minimum fuss. Character lines can be copied from a shooting script with a single click (see Script Window below) and if required, the line can be amended while spelling is checked. Attributes like a reason, scene number, priority and notes can then be assigned along with styling the text of the cue before sending the cue data to a Pro Tools clip.

Script Window

To save typing character dialog from scratch, line and scene data can be extracted from standard PDF shooting scripts. The filter controls are used to find a line within the production, or to show just the lines for a specific character and scene. Simply clicking any line arrow button will copy it into the Session Interface window where it can be amended while playing the reference pictures. This work-flow provides a fast and efficient way of creating cues.

Import ADR Cues

When ADR cues have been created in a third-party application, EdiCue can import this data from either a tab, comma or semicolon delimited text file or an Excel file. When cue numbers are being imported, EdiCue checks that these are all present and unique.

If the imported data is ready for record, EdiCue can simply export the required files. If the cues need to be amended in some way, they can be exported as an AAF and manipulated in Pro Tools. This provides a valuable way of confirming all cues are correct and allows for cues to be re-conformed for picture updates. If the imported cue data only has a start time, EdiCue can create AAF clips with a default duration so that the end points for each cue can be found in Pro Tools.

Cue Numbers

The configuration of cue numbers is a very important step in creating cue sheets as these link the generated paperwork with the associated recordings. With EdiCue, cue numbers can be customised to contain different elements and count by various methods, depending on the requirements of the production. For most counting methods, EdiCue will also save the last cue numbers generated, so any subsequent exports will create a unique number.

The cue numbers generated by EdiCue can contain the following production elements: Reel or Episode Number, Picture Version Number, Scene Number, Character ID, Cue counter and any alphanumeric character.

The cue counter can be assigned to a cue during each export so cues count sequentially, or a custom cue number can be assigned while logging cues so each cue retains the same number, even when cues are inserted or removed.

Export PDFs

A range of PDF layouts are provided that can be customised along with the band designs. Set the title, orientation and sort order of each layout. The height of each exported cue is automatically extended for cues with extra-long lines. View sample cue sheets.

The cue data used to generate the PDFs is also embedded within each PDFs. This data can be used by the studio recording the ADR if they require the data in a different format by loading the PDF into either EdiCue or EdiPrompt.

Additional Exports

While exporting PDFs, EdiCue can also export a range of files for loading into various cueing systems or recording devices. It can also create a complete ADR cueing session as an AAF with the data stored within EdiCue tags.

It can create a separate file for each character in the following formats:
  • MIDI files: used by EdiPrompt to display text and cues on-screen as well as automate the recording process
  • XML/XLS/text files: formatted for ADR Studio, AV Media Pyxis, Colin Broad VS-1, ADR Manager, Sound Master and Euro Taker

It can also export all cues in a single tab/comma/semicolon delimited text file, XML file, XLS file or SubRip file. SubRip (.srt) files are used to subtitle movies stored as Quicktime files or YouTube movies.

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