Overview: Transcripts

TRIAL DIRECTOR gives you plenty of flexibility when working with transcripts in a case. Once you've added a new transcript, you can apply issues and designations to it, link exhibits, and create clips. For more information about supported files types and what items can be included during import, see Supported Transcript File Types.

Open a Transcript

You can open a transcript in TRIAL DIRECTOR EVIDENCE using the Transcripts Explorer.

To open a transcript, use the following steps:

  1. Click the EVIDENCE tab in the left navigation panel.

  2. Open the needed case by double-clicking the case name in the Cases table. Alternatively, you can select the appropriate case name, then click the Open Case button in the ribbon bar above the table.

  3. Open the Transcripts Explorer.

    If the Transcripts Explorer is not visible, you can open it using the Explorers dropdown in the TRIAL DIRECTOR EVIDENCE Main Menu.

    Click the drop-down arrow and then click Transcripts.

    By default, the Transcripts Explorer tab is found on the left of the window.

  4. Select a transcript from the list.

  5. Click the Open button in the ribbon bar in the Transcripts Explorer.

    The transcript opens and appears in the work area.

    If there are any synchronized exhibits attached to the transcript, they will appear in the Synchronized Exhibits Preview window.


Note: You can double-click a transcript to open it. Alternatively, you can open the transcript directly to a referenced item, such as a designation, by expanding the transcript and respective item folders and double-clicking on the page and line reference.

Work with the Transcript Work Area Ribbon Bar

When you open a transcript from the Transcripts Explorer, the transcript appears in the Transcript Work Area. A ribbon bar appears above the transcript in the work area that allows you to perform several actions on the transcript.

View the following descriptions of each action to learn more:




Copy selected transcript text to paste elsewhere.

Copy Formatted

Copy selected formatted transcript text to paste elsewhere. Instead of plain text, the selected text will retain the formatted page, line, and timecode references of the transcript.

Page Prev

Click this button to navigate to the previous page from the page currently shown.

Page Next

Click this button to navigate to the next page from the page currently shown.


Enter text into the Find box and press the Enter key on the keyboard. The Transcript Work Area will find any matches to the entered text in the transcript.

Find Prev

Click this button to jump to the previous result in the transcript that matches the text entered in the Find field.

Find Next

Click this button to jump to the next result in the transcript that matches the text entered in the Find field.

Show Annotations

Use these options to show or hide items added to the transcript in the Transcript Work Area. The following items can be shown:

  • Clips - Shows where a clip begins in the transcript

  • Context - Creates more differentiation between questions, answers, and non-spoken text

  • Designations - Designations added to the transcript

  • Issues - Issues added to the transcript

  • Linked Exhibits - Linked Exhibits added to the transcript

  • Notes - Notes added to the transcript

  • Synchronization - Shows the highlight bar that scrolls with synchronized multimedia as the multimedia plays

  • Synchronized Exhibits - Synchronized Exhibits added to the transcript

  • Timecodes - Timecodes referencing the associated multimedia


Use these buttons to enable the different tools available for the transcript. The following items are available:

  • Issues - The Issues Applicator allows you to quickly add issues to the transcript.

  • Word Index - Opens the transcript's Word Index panel where you can browse all the terms found within the transcript. Click on the plus button next to each term to see the list of page and line references where the term is found. Then click on the reference to go to that word's location in the transcript.

  • Add Linked Exhibit - The Add Linked Exhibit allows you to link exhibits directly to a transcript.

Edit Transcript

Use this option if you need to edit a line of the transcript text. Lines need to be free of any Issues, Redactions, Designations, Notes and Linked Exhibits.


Closes the Transcript Work Area.


Related Topics

Add a Transcript to a Case

Supported Transcript File Types

Remove a Transcript from a Case

Edit Transcript Properties

Open Entry Location in Transcript

Open the Word Index

Apply a Designation to a Transcript

Add a Redaction to a Transcript

Apply a Quick Mark to a Transcript

Link an Exhibit to a Transcript

Attach a Synchronized Exhibit to a Transcript