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My lining slates were converted... What does that mean?

My lining slates were converted... What does that mean?

What is a Converted Lining Annotation?

Certain lined scenes may not automatically transfer due to formatting or changed script text in the new revisions. To retain the lining information in your new draft, we convert your lining to a Standard Annotation.

This means that the slate box, slate text, lining, and enders are all converted to a regular annotation. This new annotation can be manipulated just like a Shape Annotation.

Can I move a Converted Lining Annotation?

The new Converted Lining Annotation can be moved just like any other annotation. Just tap or click to bring up the bounding boxes, then tap or click and drag to reposition it.

Can I modify a Converted Lining Annotation?

While the Converted Lining Annotations cannot be edited as original lining, you can modify the Converted Lining Annotation using the following steps.

Ungrouping the Slate and Lining

Each slate within a converted scene will be grouped together after the transfer so that the slate box, slate text, lining, and enders can be moved together, as seen above.

However, they can also be ungrouped in order to manipulate the slate and its lines separately. Just tap or click on the slate and tap or click Ungroup.

Modifying Individual Lines for Deletions

Once the Slate and Linings are ungrouped, you can individually modify each part of the slate box, slate text, lining, and ender to match the new script perfectly.

In the example below, a Converted Lining Annotation is Ungrouped and the Eraser Tool is used to eliminate lining that corresponded to dialogue cut in the revised draft.

Then, the Selection Tool is used to include the line and enders...

... and the cam line is Copy & Pasted.

The top of the duplicated segment and the bottom of the original segment is erased using the Eraser Tool.

Finally, the two segments of lining are lined up to match the revised script!

The Lining Annotation can be Copy & Pasted as many times as needed to either erase lining for content that has been removed or to create space for content that has been added.

Modifying Individual Lines for Added Content

In addition, you can modify the lining for added text by following the same steps and lining the segments up, but not joining them in the final step. Just add some arrows with the pen tool as seen below. This lining is now “split” so new lining can be added for coverage of the new content.

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Updated on: 24/10/2022

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