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3 Rarely Used Final Draft Movie Script Software Tools You Should Use

 

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December 2, 2014 2 comments
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You paid a pretty penny for the program, so you might as well know how to use all its features. Here’s some lesser known Final Draft movie script software tools that might be helpful to you:

(These tips are applicable to both Final Draft mac and Final Draft for PC versions)

Assign Voices & Speech Control

Many people aren’t aware that their Final Draft movie script software can read your script out loud for you.

Hearing your words read aloud can help you improve your narration and dialogue, and also help you become aware of grammatical errors.

Here’s how to use Final Draft and it’s voice control feature:

First, you need to assign the voices. Go to Tools > Assign Voices to choose the “actors,” or voices that will do the reading.

Final Draft uses the system voices that are installed in your Mac or PC. Unfortunately, for PC, if you have an earlier OS than Windows 8, only one voice generally works—Microsoft Anna.

However, you can change her pitch and speed to make her sound like a man, or a child. In Windows 8, more (but not all) of the voices generally work. In Mac, the voices should all work.

After assigning your voices to the different Actors (Man 1, Woman 1, etc.), then you cast the Actors as the different Characters in your script.

Press Preview to hear the voices, and use the sliders to adjust pitch and speed. You can also assign a voice to your Narrator, who will read your scene headings and action.

Once you’ve assigned the voices, then go to Tools > Speech Control. Make sure your cursor is at the top of your script, press the Play button, and it will begin reading out loud.

Final Draft Movie Script Software “ScriptCompare” Feature

In Final Draft, you can also compare a current version of a script with a past version to see where the differences are, which is useful if you want to track the changes in your script.

First, open the most current version of your script. Then go to Tools > ScriptCompare, and you’ll be prompted to open another version of your script.

ScriptCompare will analyze both and create a new document that will show the differences between the two crossed out in red.

Access the Names Database

Having trouble thinking of a name for your character? Go to Tools > Names Database, type in a few letters to see suggestions from a database of 90,000 names.

Some of them are pretty out there, but using the database may help spark an idea that you hadn’t thought of before.

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I hope that in this post you found some other areas of your Final Draft software that you may not have known about!

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2 Comments
  1. Misty says:

    This is really helpful, I don’t know much about Final Draft the program I use every day to write with.

  2. Lucas Johnson says:

    Nice tips, I never knew this.

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