The pre-production camera scripting required for a live music production is extremely detailed and, using current methods, can take up to 12 hours to produce the script for a typical three-minute music item. We describe a new approach based on automatic music analysis coupled with a standard video editing system used, not to edit video, but, in effect, in reverse to produce the script required to shoot the video later in the studio.

Although experimental, the system has been used for a number of pop music productions and is beginning to revolutionise how the planning for such programmes is carried out.

This document was originally published in the Proceedings of the International Broadcasting Convention, September 2005.