Speech to Script


Our focus is on using the Speech to Script function on your Mac. Final Draft 11 takes
advantage of the Apple dictation feature to allow you to use your voice to write
instead of your fingers. Using natural language voice commands you can dictate Scene Headings, Action, Dialogue and Transitions. Saying Return and Tab is now
the same as pressing those keys on the keyboard. For best results using Speech to Script in Final Draft, first make sure your
Mac’s microphone, either internal or external, is picking up your voice. Go to
System Preferences, sound input test to make sure your mic
is picking up your voice. You can adjust the level if necessary. If you’re not
getting good results with your built-in mic, try an external USB microphone. A
good external mic can improve the quality of this feature quite a bit. Next,
check that the speech commands feature is turned on: go to Final Draft 11,
Preferences, General and if the speech command box isn’t checked, check it now. Note that English is the only Apple supported language at this time. Apple
controls the interpretation of the user’s speech so some regional accents may not return results as accurately as others. To try out Speech to Script just open a
new script in Final Draft, then press the FN (function) key on your keyboard
twice or you can press the microphone icon at the bottom of the status bar. You’ll see a microphone icon come up and initialize. When fully initialized, start
speaking. We’ll start the script with a Scene Heading: say Interior, House, Day,
Return; say “Jill walks in and sits down on the sofa period”. To create the
Character and Dialogue say “Joe says hello comma everybody exclamation mark”. Say “Sue says what are you doing here question mark, Joe says I’m just waiting
for a friend semicolon I hope she gets here soon,” and say “Character, Sue, Tab, Angry, Return.” “Do you mean marry question mark.” You can see that the Return and Tab voice commands work in the exact same way as they do on the keyboard. Say “new paragraph” to move the cursor to a new
paragraph. Say “Action” to create a new action line. You can also do this for
other elements such as Scene Heading Character Dialogue or Transition say “Sue
takes off her coat period.” Now maybe it’s better if she leaves it on until later
in the scene. Say “undo that” for undo. No, on second thought her coat should come off. Now say “redo that.” Once you’re familiar with the voice commands you’ll
be writing faster and easier than ever. Now you know the basics of using a
Speech to Script in Final Draft!

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