Audition Pro Controls

This page should take you through the controls, and what you need to know to use them. Please refer to the Quick start guide to get yourself up and running quickly.

Menus

In the top right corner of each screen will be either a single horizontal bar or 3 bars. When there are 3 bars that indicates that there are menu options available on that screen. If you press the three bars the menu will drop down and you can select the options. Pressing the up arrow, or anywhere on the screen that is below the menu will hide the menu again. Each menu is relevant only to the screen that it is on, so it is good to famialiarise yourself with the different menus on the different screens. Menus for each screen are explained in the purple box on the right side of the help for each section.

Now, taking the tabs in order

Scripts

The Script tab will be very familiar to anyone who has used LineLearner. It is basically the same, and is where you can manage the scripts for the parts that you are auditioning for.

You can create a new script for each audition by typing in the name of the script and pressing the ‘Create Script’ button at the top of the screen. The script that you select from the list will be the script that you are recording. When you select a script the name of that script will appear on the menu bar at the top.
This will create a basic script for you with two characters.

You don’t normally need to do anything else with the Script screen, and you can move onto the Recording tab, but there are plenty of other options should you wish to take advantage of them.

To delete a script swipe from right to left on the script and it will be removed along with all of the audio and video that you have recorded with it.

You can go into the script by pressing the info button on the line with the script, and that will allow you to change characters, edit the scenes, move the lines around, and share the scripts with your fellow actors if you want to. You can also export the script from Audition Pro and import it into LineLearner if you want to rehearse you part before recording it.

Script Menu

From this screen you can choose one of the four options provided by the buttons, or rename the current script.

To rename the script type in the new name of the script in the box at the top of the screen, and press the Rename script button.

The Scenes button (which will be called Days if you have turned on filming over multiple days) takes you to the list of scenes you have recorded for this script, and the individual lines within it.

The Characters button takes you to the Characters that you are using in the script. Initially these will be called ‘Me’ and ‘Them’, however you can change the names, and add in more different characters on this screen.

The Share script button allows you to share the script with other devices or other people, and also to export it for backup.

The Duplicate script button makes a second copy of the script, with a new name that you provide so that you can make alterations if you want to experiment with recording things in different ways.

Scenes

The first option on this screen is the selector that allows you to select either Show scenes or Show lines. What you select here will determine what you see in the list, and what you are able to move or copy when you turn on the move/copy switch. To Move a scene/line turn on the switch and use the three horizontal lines to drag it to the position you want it. To Copy it press the copy button, which is two documents one on the other. You can delete a line either by swiping it from right to left, or by pressing move copy and then by pressing the red delete button on the right followed by the delete button on the left.

This screen also allows you to rename a scene and to add in a new scene using the fields and button at the top. When renaming a scene it will rename the scene that is currently selected. New scenes will be added below the selected scene.

If you press on a line it will take you to the line screen where you can give the line to another character, or split it into two.

Characters

On the character screen you can change the name and the icon of the different characters that you record. Initially you will have a ‘Me’ character and a ‘Them’ character. Note that the ‘Me’ character has a gold star. It is important that if you change the name of the characters that you are recording, or add new ones that your character has the gold star. If you click on a character in the list then you are able to change the icon used for that character, and even use a photo if you want to. You are also able to change the pitch of the voice used for other characters. This can be either higher or lower. Note: you can change the actual pitch that is used for the higher and lower settings in the ios settings app by going to the settings for linelearner and moving the slider.

If you receive a script from LineLearner, another actor or agency you will need to go to the Character page of that script to set yourself up as the character you are auditioning for by pressing on the Star next to your part.

Recording

  • Allow swipe to delete– allows you to swipe to delete lines
  • Show multiple actors – if you are using more than two characters
  • Show PDF – if you have a PDF loaded it displays it so you can read your lines
  • High quality audio – preferred, but uses more storage
  • Insert scene at location – inserts a new scene in the middle of a scene rather than at the end

Go to the recording screen by pressing Record tab

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recordthemThe Record Them button can be used to record the lines of other characters. Pressing the button again or pressing another button will stop the recording.

 

recordmeThe Record Me button can be used to record your lines. The timing of these lines is used when recording video on in the timed mode, so it is important if you are doing that to get the timing as you would say it.

 

To re-record a line, select the line, and press the microphone button.micenabled

 

Or you can delete the line by swiping from right to left on the line (Swipe to delete needs to be turned on in the menu at the top).

Use the new scene button to create a new scene and record your next scene.newscene

 

Once you have recorded all the lines you can now record the video.

Video

Press the Video tab to go to the Video screen.helpvideo

 

If you pull down the menu from the top (the three lines in the top right corner) you will see the following menu items, which I will go through in detail.
  • Gap control - Timed gaps | Controlled gaps
  • Camera - Front|Back
  • Quality - High | Medium | Low
  • Use flash
  • Adjust timed gap size
Gap control

The gap control option determines how it moves onto the next audio line that needs to be played. If the Timed gaps option is selected, then the app will play the audio that was recorded for characters other than yourself, and leave a gap of the length of the audio recorded for you in which you say your line. If you select Controlled gaps then it will play the other lines, and then stop. The audio continues when a remote is pressed. The kind of remote that is used are the ones that you get for taking remote photos, and are available for a small price from places like amazon and ebay.

Note: The remote works by taking over the volume switches, so it is important to adjust the volume so that you are happy with it before selecting Controlled gaps

Camera

This selects which camera you want to use.

Quality

iPhones and iPads have a number of different recording qualities preset. This options allows you to select which preset you want to use. They will vary by device, with the higher levels having better video quality and higher resolution at the cost of producing a larger file. The aspect ration of the video may also change with different quality settings.

Use flash

This option is available when the camera that has been selected has a flash. When it is selected then the flash will be turned on in torch mode to illuminate the scene.

Adjust timed gap size

When you are using the timed gap setting you can use this slider to make the gaps shorter or longer, depending on your requirements.

Video recording controls

Now that we have explored the menu we can look in more detail about what is on the screen.

Initially you will see two lists, and three buttons. The lists contain the scenes that you have to record, and the list of recordings that you have made already. The buttons are for rehearsing, recording and playing back your video.

If you just recorded a single scene of audio then you will see in the Scene to record list the options Record ALL scenes and Record Scene 1 (if Scene 1 was the name of your scene). When you have just a single scene it doesn’t matter which one you pick, but if you have to record more than one scenes when you audition then you can choose to video them all in one go, or do it individually by scene.

Rehearse

When you hit the rehearse button it will play the audio as if you were recording, and you will see the video on the screen, but it will not record anything.

Record

Pressing the record button will give you a 3 second countdown and will then start recording. It will play the audio lines that are not yours, depending on how you have selected to play it in the menu, and will record that audio and your audio and video.

Play

If you select a recorded video from the recorded list and then press play it will open a full screen video player to allow you to play it back so you can see how you did.

You can delete a recorded video by swiping from right to left on it, and pressing the Delete button

Stopping the video

If you are using the timed method of playing back lines then it will stop the video when it gets to the end of the last piece of audio, whether this is you or them. If you are using a controller to move onto the next line, then it will stop recording once you have moved passed the last recording.

Export

Now you have your audition videoed you can export it and send it to the director to get the part. Go to the export tab.

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Here you will see the list of videos that you have filmed, as well as how long it is, and how large the file is. You can view each video by pressing the play button on the line of the video.

To export a video just select it and then choose how you want to export it. Your options are:-

  • Export it to another app for file sharing or editing
  • Export it to the apple Photos app
  • Send it to someone via email Note: Your email may not be able to cope with large files, so you may need to share them via Dropbox or similar
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