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Need To Open PDF in Audition In Order To Read Narration While Recording

Engaged ,
Dec 11, 2018 Dec 11, 2018

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Windows 10 64 bit; Audition CC 2019

The title of this discussion says it all. I have to record myself reading a script which is in a PDF file. I was hoping to import the PDF and be able to read it while seeing the Audition interface and record my voice. Can this be done? I can convert the text to another format such as Word or even a text file, if PDF isn't supported. It would just be very helpful to see it within Audition.

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Community Expert , Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

Audition is an audio editor - it doesn't support formats that have no relationship with audio, or at a stretch, video. And the video support is also somewhat limited - what you are asking is well beyond its remit.

The normal approach to doing something like this is to employ a second monitor and extend your desktop onto it. Then you can open Acrobat Reader at the same time as Audition, no problem.

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Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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Audition is an audio editor - it doesn't support formats that have no relationship with audio, or at a stretch, video. And the video support is also somewhat limited - what you are asking is well beyond its remit.

The normal approach to doing something like this is to employ a second monitor and extend your desktop onto it. Then you can open Acrobat Reader at the same time as Audition, no problem.

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2020 Mar 04, 2020

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Wait a minute... I was watching a tutorial video from the Audition Product Manager (I couldn't understand his name... but go to Help/Audition Learning and then click on the Punch and Roll screen).  He clearly has a window integrated into Audition with his script there.  The window name is hard to read... I think it says "Audition Script".  Maybe it's an extension?

Punch and Roll Tutorial, showing Audition Script windowPunch and Roll Tutorial, showing Audition Script window

 

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Mar 04, 2020 Mar 04, 2020

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Whatever that is (and I'd have to check with Durin) it's not a normal part of Audition (it's not the notes extension). And if it's an internal scripts handler, it almost certainly won't handle .pdf files.

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2020 Jun 21, 2020

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Any updates on this?  I do like how it's bascialy it's own window within Adobe.  This could be very useful for VO talent, easily staying within the software for scripts, and not having to open other apps.  Any links for this extention or how to's would be much appreicated.  Thx!

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Community Expert ,
Jun 21, 2020 Jun 21, 2020

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Yes, actually, there is an update on this; a careful look at the top left hand corner of the screen reveals that this is Screenflow he's using for the presentation - so as I said, not part of Audition at all.

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New Here ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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Thank you for following up on this, as I had noticed the same thing as well in the tutorial and was trying to find this feature.  Given that keyboard presses are often picked up in the audio while recording, it would be nice if a feature like this was included in a future realease.  I frankly found it somewhat deceptive the way it was presented here.  As someone who does video tutorials, I think this should have been called out more explicitly as a third-party app.

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Engaged ,
Dec 20, 2018 Dec 20, 2018

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Thanks Steve. I ended up halving the Audition and Acrobat apps on my screen and it workEd fine.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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This is July, 2020, I read this thread in almost the same need you were having. I wish Adobe Audition had this feature that we are looking for. I had to dub few videos and for that I wanted a text script open all the time while recording, I am an avid  user of Adobe Audition. Thus, I searched on google, found nothing usefull. came to this thread, but it was also useless. Finally I found this software named as Reaper, which lets you open SRT (for pdf you will have to convert it to srt or DOT TXT format.) and you can record and read your script altogether inside the application/software.

I wish Adobe come up with some feature to make ease in dubbing/ voice over. Reaper is a good software for recording Voice over and Narration. give it a try if you havnt already.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Have you ever tried doing the really simple thing, and opening Acrobat and placing it on an unused bit of Audition layout whilst recording? I somehow doubt it, because it works fine:

Acrobat in Audition.JPG

You can start recording, and then scroll Acrobat if you need to. Better yet, use a dual-screen display and have one next to the other. This is not an issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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Adobe also has a really neat auto-scroll feature I sometimes use for other purposes but could be useful for this too.

Shortcut: ctrl+shift+H

Arrows: Up/down to change direction/speed.

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New Here ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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I disagree, depending on your OS, you will have to tab back and forth between them and there will be audio that is picked up during that process.  I did this myself today between Word and Audition, on a massive monitor, and it was still an issue to juggle it.  Punch and Roll does help somewhat, but it is still somewhat awkward.  It would be nice to have a text window in the application where plain text could be dropped and paced through at some designated speed.  I can't imagine that this feature would require an onerus amount of programming, and it is a step in the production process for voice-overs.  The third party app that was used in the Adobe tutorial is Mac-only, from what I can tell.  Given Adobe's commitment to providing a complete production and post-production toolset, this is an obvious feature for studio recording.

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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Well I also looked for this type of script, but I use google chrome, for my voiceovers. So I just install extension i chrome which allow to get window without toolbar and then used Free "DeskPins" app, to always get it on top, while recording, i can scrool with mouse wheel text and, use keyboard for "start/cut/razor" at real time... Well you need silent keyboard like logitech mx or craft, so you dont get any sound to mic. Silent mouse is not neccesary because, you edit after recording, so simply just "silent start/stop recording button" 🙂 

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2021 Aug 04, 2021

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It would be a huge benefit for Audition to have the ability to add text to read (script).

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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"You can start recording, and then scroll Acrobat if you need to. Better yet, use a dual-screen display and have one next to the other. This is not an issue."

 

Nice, thanks for letting us know what is not an issue in our own work, that's really helpful.

Wait, then why did the Audition Product Manager who created that tutorial need to install a third-party app?

Steve, make sure you let him know that this is not an issue!

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Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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The answer is because it was a live-streamed event, which is not something Audition can handle natively. And that's a Mac-only app. It's still not an issue, as such. But if you really think it's an issue, then make a suggestion here. 

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