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Speaker labels in Scripta

Scripta includes a dedicated speaker labels menu which can be found to the right of the video player. This menu allows you to easily edit, save and create new speaker labels.

Auto formatting

When you first load Scripta, you will find that the speaker labels in the menu look something like this:

An example of Scripta’s auto-generated speaker labels. Please note that these will always need to be edited.

Speaker labels in Scripta are automatically generated by the Recorded Speech Processing Service. It assigns the speaker as male (M), female (F) or ungendered (S) and numbers them sequentially based on how many speakers it identifies.

You will need to edit the speaker labels to ensure that they conform with Ai-Media standards.

Colons in Scripta

You do not need to add colons to speaker tags in Scripta. This is because they are added automatically when a task is submitted by the processing service. For example, SPEAKER will become SPEAKER: once the task is submitted.

Chevrons in Scripta

Segment breaks

Segment breaks are required every 8-10 lines and should be broken at a natural point in the speech. This helps to ensure that transcription is easy to read and understand. To indicate a segment break, please use a chevron symbol > as the speaker label. In the example below, Kath, in blue, is still speaking until Kim begins, in red, begins.

An example of segment breaks in Scripta. Kath’s speech has been broken into three segments, two of which are indicated by a chevron. You see a new speaker, Kim, has begun when the tag changes.

Labelling music and sound effects

As well as indicating segment breaks, chevrons are used to create line breaks for transcribable audio that doesn’t have a clear speaker or source. Often, this occurs when transcribing sound effects, descriptors and music. An example of this is below. For more information on transcribing music, please see Transcribing music in Scripta.

Adding a speaker label

To edit a single speaker label, press the small x on the right side of the speaker label to clear the auto-generated label from the segment. Then simply type in the label you wish to use or select an option from the drop-down menu. Labels you’ve used previously are saved in the speaker label menu. Click on the drop-down arrow to see your saved options.

Editing all speaker labels

To edit all instances of a speaker label, simply click into the box without selecting the small x on the right side, type in the label you wish to use and press Enter. This will change all occurrences of that speaker label. This is useful if you need to change how a name is spelt, for example, or if you wish to change all the autogenerated speaker labels to SPEAKER or LECTURER

Updated on February 3, 2023

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