If you are working with Adobe Premiere Pro or any other non-linear editing software, you can now transcribe your interviews in Simon Says and directly import the bookmarked clips, or even the entire audio/video file organized into clips, into your post production software.

Here’s how:

  1. Once your your media file (that is, the audio or video file you uploaded) is transcribed in Simon Says, click the Export button:

From the transcript screen in Simon Says, click the “Export” button.

2. A pop-up will appear (like in the image below). Select “Adobe Premiere” from the options and often you will want to check “only bookmarks” so you can just get the key parts of the interview you want.

If you don’t select “only bookmarks” you will get your entire media file broken into clips that correspond with the transcript rows.

Export from Simon Says: select Adobe Premiere and click the “Export” button to download the ZIP file. Unzip it and you will find an *.xml file.

3. Open Adobe Premiere Pro and create a Project. If you have the option to, match the settings (such as for the frame rate and resolution) of the media file you transcribed in Simon Says. Then go to the “File” menu and click “Import…” like this:

4. An Import/file chooser box will pop up. Navigate to the folder that contains the XML file and select it.

5. A Link Media box will pop up. Click “Locate” at the bottom right.

Then in the Locate File box, navigate to where the media file which you uploaded to Simon Says is on your computer. Select it.

6. TaDa! The Adobe Premiere Pro sequence will connect to the reference media file and you will see a timeline with the corresponding clips that matches what you saw (and heard!) on Simon Says.

BONUS: your transcripts come with you into Adobe Premiere Pro! On the timecode area you will notice a green bar. This green bar will have a snippet of the transcript and when you mouseover you can see the full transcript for that clip.

Or you can see all the clips and their speakers and transcripts in the Markers window. To go to the Markers window, go to “Window” menu and click “Markers.”

Open the “Markers” window to see the list of clips and their transcripts.

Notice you can search for keywords which makes finding key quotes really fast.

Zoomed in: this is how the transcripts associated with clips look. It includes speaker names too (if you’ve assigned it in Simon Says’ transcript screen).


*If you have multiple files in your Simon Says project and you want to bring each one directly into Adobe Premiere Pro, you will need to follow the above Export steps (starting at Step 1) for each file individually.
**The method outlined above is best used at the outset of an edit and to find the key parts of your clips to edit from. If you are looking to caption an edit, we suggest export to SRT and then import the SRT to Premiere.

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