Tutorial for Pop Up Archive’s Adobe Extension

How to use Pop Up Archive’s plugin for Adobe Audition & Premiere

As anyone editing spoken-word audio today knows, there’s no single tool that meets every production need. Working with raw tape often means toggling from window to window in order to align transcripts with audio editing software. With Pop Up Archive’s extension for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition, you can simplify this process by bringing audio and transcript editing into one workspace.

We’ll walk you through the steps of setting up and using the extension in Adobe Premiere. Unless otherwise stated, all features are also available in Adobe Audition. The extension is only supported in the latest versions of Adobe Premiere and Audition.

Download the Pop Up Archive add-on and open it in your editor


Once you’ve downloaded the Pop Up Archive add-on from the add-on store, you can open up the Pop Up Archive panel from the “Extensions” menu. The Pop Up Archive site will open in a new window in Premiere.

Note: You can drag the panel into a tab so that it snaps into place.


Sync a Pop Up Archive audio item with a file in Premiere

Log into your Pop Up Archive account. Once you open an audio item, you should see some new features just for plugin users. Match up your Premiere file with your Pop Up Archive item so that they’re side by side in the Premiere workspace.

From there, just press play in Pop Up Archive to launch syncing. Jump to any moment of interest by clicking the Pop Up Archive waveform or transcript — the waveforms sync up!

Note: syncing only works from Pop Up Archive to Premiere, not the other way around. Premiere will sync with whatever file is open in Pop Up Archive, so make sure you have the same file open.

The Adobe player will jump to the transcript/waveform section you select, but will not stay in sync as you play. Also note that Pop Up Archive randomly generates the waveform image, so the waveform patterns will not match each other.


Search your transcript and mark the moments in Premiere

Waveform syncing enables you to search for moments of interest in your Pop Up Archive transcript and mark that same moment in Premiere.

Note: you must be on the Adobe player tab (not Pop Up Archive) in order to add a marker to the player.


Import the transcript into the metadata of your project

Click the “Import to Premiere” button to save the Pop Up Archive timed text to the “Analysis Text” metadata field in your Adobe project.

Note: this feature is not currently accessible in Adobe Audition. The timed text will be added to the file metadata, but will not be visible through the Audition interface.


Upload more audio

Got more audio? Drag and drop audio into the extension window. The file will process just like any other Pop Up Archive file.

You will receive an email notification when your transcription is complete. In order to load the transcript, you will need to refresh the Pop Up Archive panel in Adobe Audition by navigating back to your collection and clicking on the audio item.

Note: You can drag and drop files into the Pop Up Archive panel from within Adobe Audition, but not Premiere. However, in both Premiere and Audition you can either select a file through the finder opened by the Pop Up Archive upload prompt, or drag and drop a file stored on your computer.

Expand the icon at the top right of the Pop Up Archive panel to see upload notification alerts.


Known issues (as of 5/31/16)

  1. Twitter/Facebook/PRX sign-ins may not work as expected. Email sign-in is required when logging in via the Adobe plugins.
  2. If you’re already logged into Pop Up Archive in your browser, Pop Up Archive may not automatically recognize that the plugin is being opened in Adobe. If the syncing and “Import to Premiere” button aren’t showing up on your item pages, log out of the Pop Up Archive session in Premiere. Close and reopen the panel and log back in.
  3. If you begin your Pop Up Archive session by clicking mid-waveform or on a transcript line, you’ll get an error message that says “qe.source.player.scrubTo.” If this occurs, close the error message and press the main play button before resuming.
  4. Playing or editing transcript lines occasionally crashes the Adobe session. If this happens, restart the session and try again. This should occur rarely. Email us at edison@popuparchive.com if it occurs frequently.

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