How do I import a document?

Have you already written a manuscript? Or do you have to merge existing subtitles with your audio description? You can import these texts when creating a document.

Prepare a new document

The first steps are identical to creating a document:

  1. Open your project.
  2. Click on “New Document”.
  3. Enter a “Title”.
  4. Select the “Language” for the audio description.

Import existing texts

Before you click on “Create”, take a closer look at the “Optional: Upload document” area. The individual options at a glance:

Document Type
There are different text formats in which, for example, subtitles can be saved. Select the format you received.
Encoding
In general, texts today are encoded in UTF-8. But some programs may use different character sets. You can see that when you import, for example, German umlauts like ‘ä’ become characters like ‘╠ê’. In this case, try the import again with a different character set.
Timecode Offset
In most cases, scripts and video are synchronized and timecodes burned into the video correspond to the information in the script. But sometimes that is not the case. So it can be that “10:00:00.00” is burned in as a timecode in the video, but the script starts with “00:00:00.00”. The importer can try to adjust this automatically. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work. But luckily you can do this later in the editor using batch processing.
File
Select the text file to be imported here.
Preview
As soon as you have selected a file, the importer begins to copy the texts and generate speech output as a test. Progress is displayed as a growing list of small dots. Once the import is complete, the first three imported text blocks appear.

Click on “Create” now. You will then be taken directly to the editor.

Note: Imports can be, well… complicated… There is no reliable importer for DOCX files or unstructured text. For subtitles, we always recommend data exchange via SRT, VTT or TTML. These formats contain structured data including time codes and text blocks. If something goes wrong during the import, please contact support. We can also talk about other formats. Please send us an example and we’ll see what we can do.

Last Update: 2023/10/05