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Let Final Draft 11 Read Your Script Back To You

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Oftentimes when you’re writing, especially with a dialogue line, it’s not easy to judge how this line will sound if someone says it out loud.

That’s why Final Draft 11 includes a so-called “Narrator”.

The narrator – as the same suggests – can read your script back to you so you can get a better feel for it. Of course this is not a substitute for a real actor saying those lines, but still, it’s a nice addition to only seeing the written text.

Before you can really use the Narrator, you need to assign the voices you want.

To do that, go to “Tools – Assign Voices”.

Narrator tab Actors Final Draft 11

You can choose which of your characters will be read by Man 1, 2, etc. Via preview you can test what the voices sound like.

In the “Narrator” tab you define which elements are read by a narrator voice.

Narrator tab Actors Final Draft 11

In the “Actors” tab you can assign voices for Man 1, 2, Woman 1, 2, etc. And also play with the pitch and the speed settings until you’re satisfied.  

Narrator Actors Final Draft 11

Once you’re done, click OK and then choose “Tools – Speech Control”.

Speech Control - Final Draft 11

If you hit play the voices that you assigned earlier will read your script back to you. You can fast forward and backward if you want.

If “read along” is activated the text that is being read is marked so it’s easier for you to follow along.