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Adobe Story Plus CC: Fall release

In the past few months, the engineers working on Adobe Story CC have been pretty busy. In our June release, we added features like Vision beats and bars, Sound elements, Script On-Air Time, and the Ability to rename/add/delete element types from a template. The Fall release of Story is another update to bring just a little more customization to the script format, and better efficiency when adding Shots for camera direction.

The first thing is what we’re calling Text Box Customization. When users have sticky notes or additional info they want to add into a script, you can change the font size and style to enhance the visibility of the notes. Users also have the ability to add borders around the boxes as well as the ability to change font attributes. These new features ensure that the production crew sees your notes and never misses critical information.

Using Custom Shot Number, you can now add one or multiple shots to a script using a custom number, like 200, and have subsequent shots auto-increment from that anchor point. This allows shots to be assigned to scenes as the notes come in from the director without worrying about the order that the notes arrive in.

The beauty about Creative Cloud is it gives Adobe the ability to constantly update our applications—fix what doesn’t work and make what works even better. You can see this happening in Adobe Premiere Pro with its project and media management enhancements and in Adobe Prelude where logging metadata is now even easier. Plus your content is easier to focus on with a refreshed user-interface across all our video applications which includes support for HiDPI displays for both Mac and Window.

For more details on these and other features in Adobe Story CC, please visit our New Feature Notes page.

For information about purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription, go here. For more information about other Adobe video tools in Creative Cloud, see our Creative Cloud blog and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.

If you can’t make it to IBC, please join us for a special Ask a Video Pro session on Friday, September 12 at 10 am PT (7 pm CEST). Live from Amsterdam, Jason Levine will present the new features coming to the CC video apps.





What’s coming next in Adobe Story CC Plus

In the next update to Adobe Story CC Plus, 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.

Let’s take a look at the new features:

Vision beats and bars are a new element used when you want to cue camera shots or other vision items using a piece of music. This element allows you to enter the number of beats and/or bars until the next cut or effect. The Vision beats and bars element appears on the left side of the script.

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.

Moving on to formatting, Story now supports multiple lines in the document Header and Footer. 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.

You can also decide to add or remove element types in your script and can give them customized names to match the correct terminology for your production and your crew.

Camera cards can now be generated from shooting order script and from source scripts.

For European distribution, users can now capture AS-11 compliant metadata and export to the DPT XML format, which can be imported into the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) application for a streamlined broadcast workflow.

Adobe Story continues to grow as powerful platform both for script writing, and planning and managing on set production workflows.  As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you gain access to Story’s pro level features and integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Prelude CC.  Make your next shoot easier—check out Adobe Story today!

For a sneak peek of all of the new features coming in Adobe’s professional video and audio applications and services, go here. Also, we have an NAB presentation that shows Adobe Story in action as well as the release notes.

If you join Creative Cloud before May 30, 2014  you can take advantage of our special promotional offer. See this page for details. For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ.