If you’re working with a CR/Funi script, chances are the splits/joins are terrible.
You should join lines when:
– The lines are a single sentence
– The lines have no/little audio gap between them
– The lines are very short (2.5 or less seconds)
To join lines, select two lines on the grid and right click. There will be an option to join on the dialog. I suggest hotkeying “Join (concatenate)”. You’ll be doing this a lot.
Here’s an example of lines that should be joined:
Dialogue: 0,0:00:40.97,0:00:42.22,main,NTP,0,0,0,,Would you…
Dialogue: 0,0:00:42.22,0:00:43.12,main,NTP,0,0,0,,…like some tea?
This hits the first three points. Join. Take note of the ellipses though. “Would you… …like some tea?” looks retarded. Remove all of them.
Dialogue: 0,0:07:23.92,0:07:24.79,Default,NTP,0,0,0,,Is this…
Dialogue: 0,0:07:24.79,0:07:26.74,Default,NTP,0,0,0,,…handmade, by any chance?
Okay, you get the point. CR is retarded.
First line is 19 CPS (characters per second). While 19 CPS is readable, it is rather high. Joining these lines changes the CPS to 15 which is much more readable, so we’ll do that.
You should split when:
– You have a three-liner
– There is a long pause between lines
– You just want things to look less clunky
To split, right click where you want to split the line in the editing box and select “Split”. You’ll most likely need to retime the lines.
Splitting is a bit trickier than joining since you need to split at “logical” points. This is usually at clauses/prepositions/conjunctions.
Here are some examples of “logical” splits. The pipes denote split points.
Because my coffee was too cold,| I heated it in the microwave.
I would have gotten the promotion,| but my attendance wasn’t good enough.
The movie, though very long,| was still very enjoyable.
The drought had lasted now for ten million years,| and the reign of the terrible lizards| had long since ended.
Now, the tricky part of splitting is having the audio match with the split point. Only split if you can make it look good.
Dialogue: 10,0:14:35.52,0:14:39.65,Default,,0,0,0,,I suppose you’ll be focusing on your entrance exams? Aren’t you bored?
There’s a gap between those lines. They are separate thoughts. Split.
“I suppose you’ll be focusing on your entrance exams? | Aren’t you bored?”
Dialogue: 10,0:11:21.53,0:11:27.83,Default,,0,0,0,,Well, you’ve been working together most of the time. You’re all doing very well.
Now, the pause isn’t that long and they are logically connected. It does, however, stay up for 6.3 seconds. That’s kinda lengthy. Splitting has no consequence, so might as well.
“Well, you’ve been working together most of the time. |You’re all doing very well.”
Dialogue: 10,0:11:31.54,0:11:37.25,Default,,0,0,0,,If you want to know where you three stand relative to one another, I could give you my judgmental and prejudiced evaluation.
Here, we have a three-liner. Fortunately, there’s a gap in the middle so we can time the split there.
“If you want to know where you three stand relative to one another, |I could give you my judgmental and prejudiced evaluation.”
You should add linebreaks when:
– The natural linebreak looks terrible
– You have a long single line that can be split for the sake of autism
To add a linebreak, type \N, or press Shift+Enter.
Okay, see how that “you” is dangling at the end? Yeah, it’s gross.
Again, this looks gross.
This is fine, but…
I like to call this one “The Daiz”.
Those lines are short enough as is. No need to linebreak.