Final Draft Inc., makers of the popular screenplay software Final Draft 5.0, has expanded their product line with Final Draft AV (Audio Video), a self-contained, full-featured word processor specifically designed for dual-column, audio/video scriptwriting.
Marc Madnick, president and CEO of Final Draft, said the goal of Final Draft AV is to transform the way dual-column scripts are written. The application combines word-processing with a variety of industry formats. The dual-column, audio-video script format is used by writers, producers and directors who create commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, music videos, radio spots, news, infomercials, speeches, corporate presentations, etc.
“Now, a writer never has to retype, rearrange or repaginate manually since Final Draft AV lines up the columns and handles it all automatically,” he said in a press announcement. “Previously, to keep these segments aligned properly, users with generic word-processors had to use text boxes or tables, or use third-party formatting software. Final Draft AV solves this problem.”
Final Draft AV comes with both Mac and Windows software on a single CD-ROM. Besides the ability to keep columns aligned, Final Draft AV also includes a customizable header and footer, spell checker, thesaurus, and import/export capabilities. Mac system requirements are a Power Mac, Mac OS 8.6 or higher, 32 MB of RAM, 20 MB of available hard-disk space, and a CD-ROM drive
Final Draft AV retails for US $249.00, but is available now at an introductory price of US$149.00 from
Also, the next version is already in the works. Look for such upcoming features as automatic scene/ shot numbering and renumbering, edit decision lists (EDL) that can be imported (and exported), as well as the ability to send text to teleprompters. You’ll even be able to insert your company’s logo in the header, interact with non-linear editing systems and have text- to-speech/speech-to-text capabilities, according to the folks at Final Draft, Inc.