Knowledge Base

Adding New Visual Events

Introduction

ADR Cue Events in the Event Track

There are two different ways to manually create Visual Events in ADR Master - either in standalone using or by using Pro Tools® to define the selection of the In Point and Out Point.

Navigating & Adding New Visual Events In Standalone Mode

To quickly scroll through the entire video timeline to roughly find the area of a cue, click anywhere in the timeline, & move the timeline’s playhead (the blue arrow above the edit cursor in timecode ruler display), by clicking and dragging it left or right, which will scroll through the timeline.

Timeline Playhead in the Timeline Track

A similar effect can be achieved by dragging a selection in the timeline by hovering the cursor above halfway in the waveform, clicking and dragging left or right.

Once you are roughly in the area, to scrub the audio to find the exact start of the line, place the cursor above halfway in the waveform of the audio track associated with the video, & hold control while moving the cursor left and right.

At this stage it may help to use the zoom control above the visual event timeline to zoom into the area. Drag the zoom slider to the right for more detail or use the shortcut keys R and T respectively.

To fine tune the cursor point, move the edit cursor left or right in one frame increments using the , and . keys.

Add the Option key to move the cursor in increments of 1 second and the Control key to move the cursor in increments of 5 seconds.

To quickly create a new Visual Event with the default new event duration set in the preferences, press the relevant New Event hotkey (A, M, S or F).

Alternatively, you can also drag a selection in the timeline before pressing the hotkey to get a new Visual event with both the start and end timecode set to the selection boundaries.

New Visual Events can be added quickly to the timeline at any time while playing back or stopped through the four following ways:

1 - Using the relevant keyboard shortcut. Press the shortcut relevant to the name of the visual event type. For an ADR Cue, press A. For a Marker, press M. For a Streamer, press S, For a Flutter or Punch, press F.

2 - Using the relevant New Event command for the Event menu.

Event Menu in ADR Master

3 - By clicking the "+" button in the Event List.

New Event Button in ADR Master’s Event List Window

4 - By clicking the "+" button in the DAW Control window.

DAW Control Window

Clicking the + button options create a new Visual Event with the type that is used most among all events in the timeline.

Capturing and editing a Visual Event in ADR Master from a Pro Tools® Selection

Another option to create Visual Events in ADR Master, is using the timeline selection from Pro Tools®.

This requires that the DAW sync between ADR Master and Pro Tools® is already set up using either Avid® Satellite Link or MTC/MMC and the Accessibility API.

Capturing the timeline selection from Pro Tools

In Pro Tools®, confirm that Edit Insertion Follows Scrub/Shuttle is enabled in the Operation tab of the Preferences window.

To create a new cue, drag a timeline selection in Pro Tools®. Next choose New Event from DAW Selection from the Event menu.

You can also use the system-wide hotkey key Command+F7, or the shortcut Command+Shift+N.

Alternatively, click the corresponding +DAW button in the Event List or DAW Control window.

New Event from DAW Selection in Event List Window

ADR Master will create a new ADR Cue Event using the selection boundaries from Pro Tools® as the In and Out Points of the Event. To change to a different type, use the Type Field selector in the event list, once the event has been made.

To change the In & Out Points of the new Visual Event, first modify the current selection, or make a new selection in Pro Tools®.

Next choose Update Current Event from DAW Selection from the Event menu.

You can also use the shortcut Command+Shift+U or the syste-wide hotkey Command+F8.

ADR Master will match the In and Out Points of the selection from Pro Tools® as the new In and Out points of the selected visual event.

Editing Visual Events in the Visual Events Track Timeline

Any visual event can be moved in the Timeline by moving the pointer below half way in the visual event so that the hand symbol displays, and then clicking and dragging it along the timeline.

The in and out points can be adjusted by moving the pointer to the relevant edge so that the trim icon appears - and clicking and dragging to a new point.

Another way of adjusting the in and out points, with a Visual Event selected and showing in the Properties window - is locating the playhead to the correct start frame & selecting Set Playhead As Current Event’s In Point from the Event menu (or Shift+i); & then locating the end point & selecting Set Playhead As Current Event’s Out Point (or Shift+O).

Scrubbing the guide audio track can be a good way of identifying the correct points.

Any event can be duplicated by selecting it in the Timeline & selecting Duplicate Current Event or by using the global Apple duplicate shortcut Command+D.

Two or more events can be selected in the Timeline and merged by choosing Merge Selected Events from the Event menu, or by using the shortcut Option+Command+M.

Merge two events in ADR Master - before

The text fields from all selected Visual Events are automatically joined together in the order they appear - in the one resultant Visual Event.

Merge two events in ADR Master - after

A selected visual event can be split in half by placing the playhead at the desired point in the timeline & choosing Split Current Event At Playhead from the Event menu, or by using the hotkey Option+Command+S.

Split events in ADR Master

One or more selected visual events can be deleted by selecting Remove Selected Events from the Event menu, or by using the delete key.

To move multiple selected visual Events simultaneously by a desired amount, select Modify Selected Events from the Event menu, click the lock icon, & enter an offset amount in either or both of the In Point or the Out Point fields.

Batch Modify Events Window

The lock icon locks the duration of the cues.

Editing Visual Events in the Properties Window

Any visual event’s timeline position can be fine-tuned numerically, or have additional info like text added to it (where relevant to that particular visual event type)- by double-clicking it in the Timeline or Event List. This will bring the Properties tab in the top left section to the forefront- with all the relevant details for that visual event.

Editing Visual Event in ADR Master

To ‘scrub’ adjust the value of either In or Out timecode field, click and hold the arrow button to the right of the timecode, & drag left or right to increase or decrease the value. Drag slowly for finer changes, or drag further for larger changes.

Draggable in/out point modifiers

To retype the whole timecode value manually, click the field once so that the whole timecode is selected and type the full hours, minutes, seconds and frames timecode (excluding the colons).

To confirm after any new value is entered in any boxes, either hit Enter, or just click off that box.

To adjust just one timecode field, e.g. frames - double click just that field in the timecode- so that just that field is selected, & retype the value.

It is possible to edit one field this way, without the following fields changing or defaulting to zero.

To trim the start timecode of a visual event numerically while keeping the Out Point in place, the link button should be un-linked.

Likewise, to trim the end timecode of a visual event numerically while keeping the In Point in place, the link button should be un-linked.

Unlinked control for drag modifiers

To move the event, such that the duration of the Visual Event stays the same, click the lock icon shown between the lines that link the In Point & Out Point fields together - so that the link icon has no break between the two parts. When fields are edited in this mode, the other field will also be relatively changed to maintain the duration.

Linked control for drag modifiers

Text can also be added or adjusted in the text fields, such as Text, Notes & Eng. Notes.

ADR Cue Text Properties

ADR Cue visual events also have some selectable fields such as Character, Rec Track and Reason.

There are also some other numeric fields such as Takes & Cue# & a Done tick box to show that the recording of a specific cue has been completed.

For ADR Cue events, the in point is the first frame of the actual line, whereas the start point is the first frame of the wipe or countdown.

For Streamer events, the in point is the point where the streamer ends whereas the start point is the first frame of the wipe or countdown.

For Marker and Flutter events, the start point and in point are identical.

While is not possible to change the Visual Event type from the Properties window, this is possible from the Event list.

Editing Visual Events in the Event List

The Event list shows the same information shown in the Properties tab in the Main window, and the same result can be achieved if event properties are modified in one or the other. The only difference is that the event list shows information for several events at a time, while the properties tab only shows information for the currently selected event (or for the first if more than one event is selected).

This means it is possible to select multiple items and edit them simultaneously - for example assigning certain lines to a specific character.

Editing properties of multiple events at once

Event boundaries can be modified by dragging the timecode modifiers in the event list next to the In and Out points.

Draggable Timecode Modifiers

ADR Characters list

The ADR Characters list can be found in the PROJECT tab in the top left window. This shows all the current characters & their respective Prefix, Actor name, and number of cues in the current project.

ADR Characters List

To add a new character, use the + at the bottom of the CHARACTERS field. A new field will appear selected at the top of the list. Double-click the Character, Prefix & Actor fields respectively to add new values.

This new character will now be available in the Character field pull-down in the Properties tab, the Event List & the DAW Control window of a selected ADR Cue visual event.

New character selectable in character dropdown

Reason Codes

ADR Master provides an extensive list of reason codes to chose from to denote the exact reason why a line of dialogue is to be recorded. These can be selected from the Properties tab, the Event List & the DAW Control windows, & are divided into four main categories, each with reasons specific to that category:

  • Actor
  • Sync Sound
  • Location
  • User

These appear in the Reason field in either the Properties tab, the Event List, or the DAW Control window.

Here is a complete description of all the available reason codes, categories & their intended use:

CODE REASON CATEGORY REASON Use for:
AR1 ACTOR New Line Production Request for a new line.
AR2 ACTOR Line Change Production Request for a line change or amendment.
AR3 ACTOR Alt Delivery Production Request for a change of delivery or performance.
AR4 ACTOR Clarity Loss of clarity or intelligibility due to lack of projection or swallowing of words.
AR5 ACTOR Pronounciation Incorrect Pronunciation
AR6 ACTOR Projection Instances where the addition of diegetic music or sound would change the required voice projection level, eg talking over loud music in a club
AR7 ACTOR Accent Incorrect Accent
AR8 ACTOR ADR Continuity Additional adjacent lines for editorial continuity on the same camera angle
AR9 ACTOR Dialogue Overlap Coverage of lines where another actor’s overlapping lines are being replaced with ADR
AR10 ACTOR Breaths/Efforts Additional breaths and efforts presence for close sync without words, or exertion like running or fighting.
AR11 ACTOR V.O. Voice Over Addition
AR12 ACTOR Temp ADR Replacement for poor quality Temporary ADR added in the video edit
AR13 ACTOR Swearing Cover for Obscenities & swearing for Syndication, Airline & TV Safe Versions
AR14 ACTOR Revoice Production request to replace with another voice actor.
AR15 ACTOR Foreign Dubbing Foreign Language Re-versioning & Dubbing
SR1 SYNC SOUND Mic Off-Axis Microphone placement off-axis from source. Lacking body.
SR2 SYNC SOUND Low Level Source recorded at excessively low level. Low signal-to-noise ratio.
SR3 SYNC SOUND Distortion Oversaturated or distorted recordings
SR4 SYNC SOUND Wind On Mic Mic capsule distortion caused by wind on the microphone
SR5 SYNC SOUND Radio Mic Rustling Excessive radio mic clothing or costume rustle
SR6 SYNC SOUND Boom Handling Boom pole handling Noise or bumps
SR7 SYNC SOUND Mic Drop-Out Sudden mic drop-out mid-performance- resulting in loss of audio
SR8 SYNC SOUND Mic Interference Electromagnetic Interference or RF Induced Mic Noise
SR9 SYNC SOUND Missing Channel Missing Boom or Radio Mic channel(s) for scene sound editorial continuity.
SR10 SYNC SOUND Audible Sound Edit Undesirable or obvious audible sound edit of two separate takes from video editorial
SR11 SYNC SOUND Incorrect Sync Correcting unmatching sync sound used in the video edit
SR12 SYNC SOUND No Sync Sound MOS, Slow-motion, corrupt sync sound, no sync sound used in video edit
LR1 LOCATION Noisy Background Excessively loud background room tone, skyline, hums, wind, waves, rain, cicadas, chatting, pedestrians, traffic, passing cars, airplanes, etc or other continuous layers.
LR2 LOCATION Camera & Crew Undesirable audible crew background movement or chatter. Loud Camera or Dolly movement, as well as camera fans, mechanisms, beeps, clicking & buzzing
LR3 LOCATION Footsteps Dialogue over excessively loud or undesirable sounding actor footsteps, or surfaces such as creaky or reverberant floors
LR4 LOCATION Props Dialogue over sync with loud undesirable sounding props
LR5 LOCATION Modern Sounds Where modern sounds recorded in the background of the dialogue are too modern for the timeframe of the story - eg mobile phones in Historical or Period Dramas

Adding User Reason Codes

To add your own specific reason codes, go to the PROJECT tab in the top left & scroll down to the bottom & select the Edit Reasons button under ADR CUE USER REASONS.

Show ADR Cue User Reasons Edit Window

There are eight additional User Reason fields which can be added in this Edit ADR Cue User Reasons window.

Edit ADR Cue Reasons Window

These will appear in the the Reason field tab in Properties or the Event List- under the User Reasons sub-category from the Reason list.

Event Selection Playhead behaviour

There are a couple of general options which dictate how the playhead behaves when any visual event is selected. These can be found under the General tab of the Overlays Preferences.

General Overlays Preferences

When an event is selected - (Go to Start or Go to In Point) - dictates whether the playhead moves to the Start or the In Point of a visual event that is selected.

If Events are Selected - (Show Only Selected or Show All) - Selects whether only the selected events are shown (if at least one event is selected); or whether all events are always shown- independent of those selected.