Script-Based Editing is Avid’s Untapped Ecosystem

One of Avid Media Composer’s shining gems for narrative editing is its Script-Based Editing interface. It allows editors to click on words in a film, TV show or documentary’s script and jump right to the corresponding video itself. Scripts or interview transcripts are synced-up manually by an assistant editor, or automatically using ScriptSync (an option in Media Composer). Editors discover this often-overlooked aspect of Media Composer, and never look back.

  • What editing is like without Avid Script-Based Editing
  • What is SBE?
  • How to produce for an edit using SBE
  • How an edit can "live inside of the script"
  • Under the hood - how it works
  • ScriptSync and PhraseFind
  • Does it seem outdated? Or is it just me?
  • SBE scripts as reference materials
  • Tips, tricks and troubleshooting
Chris Bové is a craft editor, story editor and consulting script editor. He has edited over 400 hours of broadcast programming, independent documentaries, web content and bonus material.