Whether you're scripting your next post for social media or producing the next award-winning doc, Celtx's Multi-Column AV (MCAV) Editor is purpose-designed to help you write, plan, and shoot your video projects.
MCAV Scripts are organized into "Shots", each made up of three columns: Video, Audio, and Image. Shots also contain a "Shot Details" section, which include fields to specify production specs, such as equipment, angles, and lenses: everything you need to plan out your production and communicate that plan with your team.
Table of Contents
|MCAV Project||Shot Text Elements|
|MCAV Views||Shot Image Elements|
|Tips & Best Practices|
Create an MCAV Project
From the Studio View, click "New Project" and select "Multi-Column AV". As with Film & TV, MCAV Projects can be single script or episodic productions.
MCAV Editor Views
This article is about the MCAV Script Editor, which is one of three MCAV-specific views: the Script, the Storyboard, and the Shot List. Each View is designed to help you write, plan, and shoot your project. Views can be selected from the Project page or quickly switched between within the Editor via the top 'View' buttons.
MCAV Script Editor
There are two main components to the MCAV Script Editor: the Script Header, made up of fields, and Shots, made up of Columns, Shot Details, and Shot Settings.
The Script header contains script-wide information, such as the Title, Production Company, and Version.
All of these fields are editable with the exception of 'Total Duration' which is the sum of the duration values contained within each shot. This 'Total Duration' field will change as you add durations to each shot. The Header can be shown or collapsed by clicking the arrow to its right.
Shots are the primary building blocks of MCAV. The left column contains information on the Video component, the middle column contains information on the Audio component, and the right column contains a reference image.
In addition to the three columns, a shot's Spine (it's left-most section) contains a settings menu, shot number, and shot duration – as well as an option to show or hide Shot Details.
Shot Text Elements
Text Elements can be selected via the dropdown menu on the toolbar, by striking their shortcut key, or by the default key flow designations that occur once 'Enter' is struck within an element.
A Shot's image displays in the right column. This column can be shown or hidden at the script-wide level by clicking the horizontal arrow to the right of the 'Audio' Column.
To add, replace, or remove an Image, click the Image Element. Images can be added from your local device, your Project's Image Library, or directly from the web search tool within the Image selector.
The specifics are contained within its' 'Shot Details'. An entire script's Shot Details can be revealed or concealed by clicking 'View' and selecting 'Show/Hide All Shot Details'. To view or hide a given Shot's details, click the camera icon on the settings bar of a Shot.
Shot Details contain eleven fields. For most, you can select one or more options by choosing items within it's dropdown menu. You can also create custom selections – which will be available to all shots thereafter – by typing within the field and hitting 'Enter'. To dismiss a selection, simply click the 'X' on the selection's tag:
Tips & Best Practices
- Looking for a way to move your Shots? This is done one of two ways: in the Editor, click 'Navigation' and drag the shots to reorder them; similarly, in Storyboard View, drag and drop the shots to reorder them.
- Aspect ratio for all Shots is 16:9. The Storyboard and the Shot List images display as such. The "Image" column of the script displays a 1:1 preview. It's recommend you upload 16:9 images. However, if uploaded images are not 16:9, the editor will approximate the best fit, and display this instead.
- Looking to print or download your script? You can do this by clicking 'File' and selecting 'Print'. Note that Print defaults to a "What you See is What you Get" (WYSIWYG) printout of your Shot Details' "Show/Hide" settings, but this can be adjusted with the "Shot Details" dropdown.
- There is no "right" way to go about writing your scripts. If you are going for a more "image first" approach, consider starting with the Storyboard, while a more "script-heavy" approach benefits from the Script View.
- If your experiencing small variations in Shot borders, check your browser zoom is set too 100%. Border variations will not affect your print output, though – so if it helps, go for it!
- As with other Celtx projects, MCAV integrates with Planning & Shooting tools and documents. For more information on these, search the Help Centre for more details.