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INTRO

Images courtesy of AV3 Software As any documentary producer, director, or editor will attest, the most timeconsuming and labor-intensive aspect of documentary post-production are the days, weeks, and often months, that are spent tediously and meticulously logging, organizing, and sifting through hours and hours of recorded interviews, searching for the comments and statements that will give our work meaning.

Hunting for those elusive sound bites, through page upon page of logs and transcripts, is a process that really hasn't changed much since the beginning of time. The old adage, "you're only as good as your logs," has remained as true as ever.

While the advent of computerized non-linear editing in the late 1980's did help to speed-up the process a bit by integrating logging, marking, and database search functions, even now, some twenty-plus years later, the process is still timeconsuming and labor-intensive. Searching for clips today is still primarily based upon searching typed text that's either transcribed or entered during logging and video captures.

However, things are finally looking up. Advances in speech recognition technology, combined with today's blazingly fast computers, have given rise to a number of exciting new applications, including AV3 Software's aptly named Get, for Final Cut Pro, that is able to turn the information in recorded dialogue tracks into useful and searchable digital data.


HOW IT WORKS

Get is a standalone application that works in conjunction with Final Cut Pro. It enables your Mac computer to quickly index, search, and find virtually any spoken word recorded on the audio tracks of any media file.

Just imagine, with no transcripts and without typing a single log entry, Get makes it possible to search intelligently through hours and hours of interviews in a documentary for any word or combination of words you choose. And, Get is really fast; it took under seven minutes to index every audio and video file in a client's entire documentary, containing approximately thirty-five hours of recorded interviews.


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Nothing yet devised replaces or eliminates the need for accurate timecoded transcripts, however, when time is short, or budgets won't allow them, Get is worth its weight in gold -- blindly scrubbing through hours recorded interviews can take hours, while Get takes only seconds. Images courtesy of AV3 Software


After creating its word index, keyword searches through all media in the project take only seconds. In my case, searching through every file in a documentary about animal rescue, Get was able to find every occurrence of the word "dogs" throughout the entire project in less than four seconds. It uncovered fifty-six distinct uses of "dogs," and found occurrences where it was used in about three hundred and five instances in the project.

Get generates a list of what it finds, noting every occurrence of the chosen keyword(s) in every source file, and in every sequence where it's been used. And that's not all; Get also searches Finder-level data such as file names and creation dates, and FCP browser-level information, listing that information as well.


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Images courtesy of AV3 Software


The entries Get lists can be instantly previewed in the Get preview player with just a mouse click, or simply export to Final Cut Pro in just about any way you could ever want. You can send the results to the current project or to any other project you choose; you can place them in an existing bin or in a new bin; or you can have Get open a new sequence with the chosen clips inside. It's all fast, easy, and very user-friendly.


PRICING & AVAILIBILITY

Happily, after a recent 50% price reduction, Get is available immediately for only $249. It's a quick download from: http://www.av3software.com/products/get-for-fcp-application-v1-1-us-english, and there is a ten day free trial offered. Every FCP user should at least give it a try.



CONCLUSION

If locating clips and sound bites is an important part of your job as a filmmaker, let Get find them for you. Get makes your life easier by handing the hardest and most mundane parts of searching over to your computer. Get enables your computer to do what it does best; thereby freeing you to do the myriad of other things that you do best.

I use Get in my day-to-day work on documentaries, and it's had a huge impact on the way I work. With deadlines looming, Get helps me get to the finish line. Get significantly improves my ability to find those elusive clips and sound bites now, when I need to find them instantly.

Get is one of the essential tools that should be in the arsenal of every Final Cut Pro user. It works very simply, and it simply works well. I find Get is indispensible, and it easily deserves the Creative Cow's highest Five-Cow rating.










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Comments

Re: Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors
by David Roth Weiss
That's a cool sounding feature and something that would be very nice to have on any system. Right now Get is the ticket for FCP, and as I wrote, it really helps to get FCP editors to the finish line faster right now. I'm hoping Get evolves as the technology improves, and that it will eventually do it all, including accurate transcript creation.

While we're at it, let's not forget, Adobe released a highly touted function (Speech Search) way back in CS4 that promised to do the same thing you mention about Story. In addition, Speech Search was supposed to actually generate real transcripts via its speech recognition engine. Unfortunately, it wasn't accurate enough to be terribly useful for most users.

Ultimately, I think we all need to hope that speech recognition reaches the level of accuracy that will make manually typed transcriptions a thing of the past.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

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A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.
Re: Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors
by David Cherniack
Speech Analysis was never intended by Adobe to generate accurate transcripts in all, or even most, situations...only to provide a useful aid. Personally I only found it marginally useful.. and not nearly as useful as the ability to add timecode indexed human generated transcripts to metadata that I mentioned above.

As far as useful generation of transcripts from sound file analysis goes...I think we're still a fair ways off. But then again, technological evolution always surprises.

David
AllinOneFilms.com
Re: Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors
by David Roth Weiss
[David Cherniack] "Speech Analysis was never intended by Adobe to generate accurate transcripts in all, or even most, situations...only to provide a useful aid."

That's not what I was told when I covered the big pre-release press shindig at Adobe HQ for CS4, where SS was first rolled-out and heavily touted.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.
Re: Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors
by David Cherniack
I have to point out what my good friend David didn't: namely that Adobe CS 5.5 can take one of those ùnequaled`human generated transcripts into Adobe Story and then Premiere Pro will analyze the file and attach the Story transcript as meta data. This gives a running word by word moving-finger-like playback of the file in the meta data panel that's searchable, as well.

David
AllinOneFilms.com


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