Avid Pro Tools: export from Simon Says and import directly into Pro Tools

Wouldn't it be a time-save if you could mark the key parts of your transcript and then have those corresponding clipsÔøΩ and their transcriptsÔøΩ available in your editing software for you or your editor to immediately start cutting with? YES! And now you can!

Friends: Simon Says (for swift, automated transcription) and Avid Pro Tools (for audio editing).

If you are working with Avid Pro Tools (or any other non-linear editing software), you can now transcribe your interviews in Simon Says and directly import the transcript into your post production software.

Here's how:

  1. Once your media file (that is, the audio or video file you uploaded) is transcribed in Simon Says, click the Export button.
Click  "Export"

2. A pop-up will appear (like in the image below). Select  "Other", then  "Avid Pro Tools AAF" from the suboptions.

Select  "Avid Pro Tools"; a ZIP file will download

Click  "Let's do this" and download the ZIP file. Unzip it and you will find an *.aaf file. Put that AAF file in the same folder as your audio / video file that you transcribed for easy re-linking.

3. Open Avid Pro Tools and create a Project that matches your file's specs. Then go to the  "File" menu,  "Import" sub-menu, and click  "Session DataÔøΩ":

Import session data and then navigate to the AAF file on your computer.

4. TaDa! You will see a timeline with the media file and markers that correspond to the transcript.

Now how much time will this save in identifying the right quotes in the right clips for your edit?!

To get started with transcribing and exporting with Simon Says, sign up and get 15 minutes of free transcription credits.

*If you have multiple files in your Simon Says project and you want to bring each one directly into Avid Pro Tools, you will need to follow the above Export steps (starting at Step 1) for each file individually.

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