Knowledge Base

Bulk ADR Cue Import


Bulk Visual Event import from other platforms is supported in a variety of formats which can be divided into two categories: ordered and unordered file formats - each with different import procedures - that both begin from File > Import Events From File.

Wherever possible, all text formatting is maintained, including text colour.

Ordered Formats

Ordered Formats allow for much more detailed control and smoother or automatic mapping import of all cues at once. Upon importing ordered format cues, ADR Master will parse the file and display the content in a table-like manner.

Ordered formats include the following fully parsable & fixed mapping file formats:

  • .txt Pro Tools® Session Info Text
  • .ttal Netflix TTAL
  • .srt SRT Sub-title format
  • .stl STL Sub-title format
  • .docx Microsoft Word (only if in the same format as exported by ADR Master)

For these formats, ADR Master can clearly identify how the information contained in the file needs to be used- as it's clearly defined by one standard layout where information about the actor, text, notes etc. can be found for each cue - so the column headings are locked, allowing for quicker & easier import.

Ordered formats also include the following parsable but less standard formats which offer suggested logical mapping with the opportunity to manually correct any mismatched field headings before importing. These include:

  • .csv Comma separated text files e.g. from Edicue
  • .tab Tab separated text files
  • .xlsx Microsoft Excel
  • .xml Gallery ADR Studio XML
  • .dbf dBase database file

For these formats, ADR Master can only guess what information it may contain (using keywords in the first line of the document) - so the resultant column mapping may not always be correct. In these instances, the table has a dropdown menu on each column, which lets you map the information a column contains to the correct property for each event (e.g. start timecode, text, comment, etc). For easily-parsable formats like e.g. ADR Studio XML, these dropdown menus will be pre-selected with what ADR Master thinks is correct. Though it is still advisable to scan through the columns and make any corrections in the heading columns if needed.

Unordered Formats

Unordered formats cannot be parsed automatically, so they require more user intervention and selection / confirmation of the correct fields & adding of each event manually one by one. This should be seen as more of an assisted manual logging process. This is usually the case for Shooting scripts, Dubbing scripts, Director/Production notes, or ADR stored in following formats:

  • .docx Microsoft Word (non-standard formatting)
  • .pdf PDF