Import a Script


Supported File Formats

Currently we import the following file types:

Celtx (.celtx & .cxscript) Final Draft (.fdx)
MS Word (.doc & .docx) Rich Text (.rtf)
Text (.txt) Webpage (.html)
PDF (text-based only; pictures of scripts will not work)

 

How to Create a New Project from an Imported Script

Importing a Script from the Studio dashboard creates a New Project based around that script.

  1. Click New Project
  2. Select the appropriate project type 
  3. On the next page, select 'upload'
  4. Locate your locally saved script, and confirm your selection.

Once imported, Celtx generates a suite of tools – centred around your script – to help develop your story and plan your production.


How to Import a Script into an Existing Project

If you've already started a project and want to add imported content to it:

  1. Click the Actions menu
  2. Click Import Script
  3. Locate your locally saved script, and confirm your selection.

The content will appear inside your Project's dashboard page.

 

 
 

Before Importing – Tips & Best Practices

If you experience issues during the import process, or wish to avoid encountering them, here are some tips to consider before importing your scripts.

Keep Things Simple
Because all word processors behave differently from one another, removing extra elements that can be easily reinserted after importing will save you time and ensure a smoother import. Most notably:
 
  • Remove the title page (you can easily add it later using our Title Page editor)
  • Remove scene numbers from Scene Headings (these can be added instantly within your Celtx Script Editor) 
  • Remove marginal elements such as headers/footers and page numbers (these too can be easily generated within our Header/Footer Options)
  • Remove any cross-page parentheticals, such as (More) and (Cont'd). You can add them later (quicktip: use Find & Replace [often Ctrl+F] to quickly remove these elements)
  • Change all dialogue written in ALLCAPS (avoids creating non-Characters in your Catalog

Avoid Special Characters and Formatting from other Programs
While our importer handles many languages and common ASCII characters without a hitch, some popular word processors inject unseen data into their text. After importing a .doc or .docx file, we recommend inspecting the Print Preview version for unexpected formatting. If anything appears out of the ordinary, consider uploading a PDF version of the same file.

Importing is Better than Copy & Pasting
Copy and pasting anything more than a single paragraph into your script file is not recommended; when you Copy & Paste, it bypasses our Importer and the script is left to rely on the browser and operating system to handle the data.


After Importing – Tips & Best Practices

Review Line Spacing & Page Size
Celtx formats your script to Hollywood Standard 2nd Ed. specifications. As such, you may notice some variations after importing. Most often, this is not an issue. However, if you feel your page count "off", you can adjust line spacing and page size in Script Settings. 

Preview Print Version
In rare instances, some formatting anomalies may not be apparent within your Script Editor. If you have imported from an older .doc or .docx file or your script contains languages using a non-Latin alphabet, preview your print version upon uploading. Issues revealed in this way are most commonly addressed by replacing anomalous characters with the correct keystroke and by removing linebreaks (Shift+Enter spacing) contained within a single text element. 

 

Migrating from Adobe Story

If you are affected by Adobe’s recent retirement of Story, we wanted to make it easy for you to bring your projects to Celtx. Welcome!
 
Step 1: Export Your Adobe Story Script as a PDF
While Adobe doesn’t yet make it easy to export your Story scripts as a PDF, here’s the best current method:
  • Open your Adobe Story script.
  • Follow our "Before Importing" guidelines above.
  • Click on ‘File’ and select ‘Print’.
  • Select ‘Print’ again in the print dialog that pops up. This will open your browser’s print dialog.
  • Set your print destination as ‘PDF’. Your script will then be downloaded to your computer as a PDF file.

Step 2: Create a Celtx Account
As a new account holder, you’ll be given a 7-day trial of all studio features, after which you can subscribe to a production plan or continue writing for free in the Celtx script editor.

 

Step 3: Import Your Script
Once you’re in your Studio, you’ll be prompted to select what kind of project you want to make.
  • Choose ‘Film & TV’.
  • Click the ‘Upload’ button.
  • Select your script PDF file, then click ‘Create Project’.
Your Adobe Story script will then be uploaded and turned into a new Celtx project with all corresponding planning documents. Open the script file and take a look. If you notice any issues with the script formatting, simply highlight the problem areas and use the tab key to cycle the text to the desired format.
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