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Old July 18th, 2005, 09:17 PM   #1
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Rundown/Script software question

I believe that I've mentioned before, I'm putting together a newscast on our local access station. We're looking for a program to help us with rundowns and scripts.

When I worked at our local FOX affiliate, we used EZNews, but the price is way out of our budget. All we need is a basic program that will help us to generate rundowns and scripts.

Right now, I type up the script in Word, then make a rundown in Excel based on the script. I'm sure this isn't the most efficient way to do things, so I'm wondering if anyone has a better idea.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old July 24th, 2005, 04:19 AM   #2
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I have no idea what is used in the TV world, but I know both TV and film scripts
can be made in programs like FinalDraft (google it). I have no idea what a rundown
is.... Care to elaborate on that?
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Old July 24th, 2005, 10:04 AM   #3
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I have no idea what is used in the TV world, but I know both TV and film scripts
can be made in programs like FinalDraft (google it). I have no idea what a rundown
is.... Care to elaborate on that?
A rundown is used in TV news, and is a sort of shot list--it's a table that lists each shot, whether it's a live camera shot or run from tape, what tape number it's on, what deck it's in, the length, etc.

Rundowns are used to help the folks in the control room keep track of what to do.

I hope my description is decent.

Also--I checked into Final Draft, and unfortunately it's not going to do a lot of good for television news scripts. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
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Old February 28th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #4
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Eric, you should try a web app called Rundown Creator (Rundown Creator - create rundowns, write scripts, send to teleprompter). Maybe you've heard of it!
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