The complete software for writing, playing, printing
and publishing music notation
The latest generation of the worlds best-selling music notation software, Sibelius® 7 is sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students.
Work quickly with the brand-new, task-oriented user interface. Experience your scores in stunning clarity with the exclusive, professional-quality sound library.
Collaborate more easily thanks to full MusicXML interchange support and other sharing options. And view beautiful, print-quality scores with advanced typography and graphics support.
Designed by musicians for musicians, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music. You can even take your scores on the go with the Avid Scorch® app for iPad.
Task-oriented user interface
The brand-new Sibelius 7 user interface provides task-focused tabs that lead you through the process of creating a score from start to finish. Every feature has both an icon and a text description—which you can access via a button or a keyboard shortcut—with full contextual help available when you need it.
Professional sound library—only in Sibelius
You finesse every detail of your score—you want to hear every nuance during playback. Sibelius 7 includes more than 38 GB of professional content, including a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock and pop instruments, and much more. This exclusive sound library is only available in Sibelius 7.
Native 64-bit support—only in Sibelius
Today’s 64-bit capable hardware and operating systems provide big speed and memory advantages. Sibelius 7 is the world’s first 64-bit notation software, enabling you to unlock the full power of your 64-bit system—and work more quickly, with more virtual instruments and effects, than ever before.
Optimized for single monitor use—only in Sibelius
We understand that many of our customers favor laptops or other single-display systems. That’s why we designed the Sibelius 7 interface to allow you to focus on the music at all times—and easily hide information that you only need to see occasionally
Switch to Sibelius from Finale
There’s never been a better time to switch from Finale® to Sibelius. Sibelius now features a step-time note input method that is very similar to Finale software’s Speedy Entry method—right down to using many of the same keystrokes. So if you know how to input notes in Finale, you know Sibelius too. And because today’s workflows include a wide variety of software applications, Sibelius 7 now includes full MusicXML export capability, so you can exchange files with hundreds of other applications, including Finale.
Text and typography enhancements
Take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts, including advanced features like ligatures, and employ them in text frames with full DTP-level capabilities. There’s no need to export projects to a separate DTP application—now you can complete many of them within Sibelius 7
Graphics import and export
Sibelius 7 makes it easy to import graphics in all major formats, then manipulate them to build complex layouts for publishing, creating teaching materials, instructional books, and more. You can export the full score as publication-quality graphics in PDF format, plus individual pages or smaller sections in EPS, PNG, and SVG formats. It’s never been faster or easier to finish the job to the highest standards.
The fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music is
now even better.
Whatever your musical style, Sibelius 5
makes writing scores a breeze - giving you more time to focus on the music. Stunning new
features like Panorama mean you dont need to think about pages while youre
composing or arranging. You can just let you creativity flow. Ideas Hub is a real first
for music software. It lets you instantly capture your musical ideas, and then find them
again in a second - so youll never lose another idea. Plus new, high-quality,
built-in sounds play back your scores with astounding realism, because theres no
better way to perfect your music than by hearing it.
Sibelius 5 represents the latest advance in the worlds favorite music software.
Weve listened to what Sibelius
users have been asking for, and have spent many months adding fantastic enhancements for
writing music, the latest technologies such as VST & Audio Units, and completely new
features, such as the Ideas Hub.
Whether you use Sibelius for writing
music, teaching or just for fun, dont be afraid of getting up-to-date. Sibelius 5 is
better and easier than ever, and once youve tried it youll be glad you made
Creating music in Sibelius
Start writing music quickly and easily
Start a score from scratch specify
instruments, page size, title, tempo etc. with a few clicks. Your score is set up
instantly, all of the instruments with the correct names, clefs, transpositions and
Then you can input notes in four easy ways:
Flexi-time is Sibeliuss
unique system for notating music as you play it on a MIDI keyboard in real time.
Theres no need to tap a pedal or play mechanically just play naturally with
both hands, and Sibelius will actually follow you as you speed up or slow down.
You can even listen to the music youve already written as you play in more music on
It takes just seconds to set up your
score, ready for inputting notes.
Step-time lets you play pitches from your
MIDI keyboard with one hand, and choose rhythms and articulations with the other from the
keypad (see picture).
Mouse & keystrokes
To input without a MIDI keyboard, pick
note-values and accidentals from the keypad with the mouse, and click to place them in the
score. For extra speed, use the computer keyboard instead specify pitch using the
letters A to G, and rhythms from the keypad using the numeric keys (see left). There are
many other useful keyboard shortcuts for "power users."
You can get other markings such as clefs, slurs and time
signatures from menus; Sibelius even positions them in the right place for you.
Choose notes, articulations etc. with the
mouse or corresponding numeric key. There are five different sets of symbols to choose
Sibelius includes PhotoScore Lite
the state-of-the-art program for scanning printed music. It takes just seconds to
read a page, and you can then edit or transpose the music in Sibelius, play it back,
extract parts and print just as if youd input it yourself. It will also read
music in PDF files.
The advanced version PhotoScore Ultimate
(which you can buy with Sibelius) has many extra features, such as reading handwritten
music, slurs, articulations, hairpins and text.
Sibelius seamlessly opens Finale,
MusicXML, MIDI, SCORE, Allegro and PrintMusic 1.0 files in seconds
the ideal way to transfer your existing music to Sibelius.
Composing and arranging in Sibelius
You just think of the notes Sibelius does
Sketch & refine
Sibelius lets you change music whenever
you like. Sketch a solo flute piece, then add a whole orchestra to create a concerto.
Write in sounding pitch, then make a transposing score with one click. Add extra bars at
the start of a score, and Sibelius instantly reformats every page far more flexible
than pen and paper.
If you completely change your mind,
Sibelius lets you undo up to 20,000 operations, and keeps backups of 40 previous versions
of your music.
Text & lyrics
Sibelius puts different types of text,
such as dynamics, titles and lyrics, in the appropriate font, size and position. You can
edit these text styles to change text consistently throughout the score.
To input lyrics, just type Sibelius positions the words under the notes, puts in
hyphens and lyric lines, and allows extra room for long syllables. You can also copy
lyrics from a word processor.
To save typing all the lyrics into a score, you can now add them automatically from a text
file - Sibelius even splits them into syllables for you. Or if you type the lyrics in
yourself, Sibelius will check that youve split syllables in all the right places.
Arrange is a unique feature to help with
arranging and orchestration. Its ideal for students learning instrumental writing,
and saves hours of time for experienced professionals.
Just select some music, and specify how you want it to be
arranged or orchestrated Sibelius does the rest in an instant, using appropriate
instruments, doublings, etc. It handles anything from keyboard reductions and
exploding chords onto separate staves, to sophisticated arrangement and
orchestration styles, such as:
- Band, using high brass and pitched percussion
- Choir, tenor doubling soprano down an octave
- Jazz, in the style of famous band leaders including Sammy
Nestico, Billy Strayhorn and Thad Jones
- Impressionist orchestration with harp and strings.
Over 150 of these styles are provided, and you can even
create your own.
Focus on staves
Sibelius makes it easy to write large scores, by allowing
you to view just the staves you're working on.
Copying & transposing
Copying music is far faster than
re-writing it, so Sibelius copies anything with one click of the mouse especially
useful for doubled instruments and repeating figures. You can make multiple copies at
once, e.g. to put the same dynamics onto every instrument.
Sibelius transposes music instantly into
any key, and handles everything about transposing instruments for you. Write music in
sounding or written pitch, and switch between the two whenever you like.
Unplayable notes shown in bright red, difficult notes in dark red
Mark music with the highlighter pen
Checking for mistakes
Sibelius saves you time by spotting all
kinds of mistakes such as rhythms that dont add up, or notes that are too high/low
to play (see picture). Sibelius knows every instruments range, which you can adjust
for players of different abilities.
Sibelius comes with various proof-reading
plug-ins, including ones which add cautionary accidentals and even mark parallel fifths
Reprise: Reprise is the latest in
Sibeliuss growing range of elegant fonts. In fact, Reprise is a whole family of 9
fonts that produce an astonishingly realistic simulation of handcopying. Its music symbols
are drawn with a fixed-width nib (rather than the italic nib used in Inkpen2), and
additionally it includes two rubber-stamp fonts for titles and other large text. Special
characters and plug-ins are included for adding hand-drawn lines and boxes to text and
rehearsal marks, and house styles for incorporating Reprise into scores. Overall Reprise
is a beautiful reproduction of traditional hand-copying, in a style particularly suitable
for jazz, lead sheets, big band, and show music.
Note Names: The new Opus Note Names font lets you write the names of notes inside
the notehead ideal if youre writing music for students who are just taking up
an instrument, particularly those learning piano.
Chord symbols: There are
two new fonts for chord symbols Opus Chords Sans and Opus Chords Sans Condensed
with regular and narrow sans serif characters, similar to Arial / Helvetica. Plus
various extra characters can now be included in chord symbols.
Functional analysis: Musicologists and students can now write
functional analysis in Sibelius 5, thanks to the new Opus Function Symbols font and text
Early music & avant garde:
Sibelius 5 now includes over 200 extra music symbols for early and contemporary music,
such as prolations, Bach ornaments and clusters.
Fits lyrics to music
To save typing all the lyrics into a
score, you can now add them automatically from a text file Sibelius 5 even splits
them into syllables for you. Or if you type the lyrics in yourself, Sibelius will check
that youve split syllables in all the right places.
You can now undo plug-ins, so you neednt be afraid
of trying them out!
Whats more, the ManuScript language
used to write plug-ins now supports tuplets, object deletion, notehead types, bar number
changes, cue-sized objects, blank pages, time positions, score duration, and lyric
syllabification. This makes current and future plug-ins far more powerful. With a total of
over 100 plug-ins, the latest ones in Sibelius 5 include:
Split, join and modify tuplets, e.g. turn two triplets into a sextuplet, or a sextuplet
into a quintuplet. Many other plug-ins now work with tuplets, too.
Cleans up music input from Flexi-time or a MIDI file by adjusting note values, split
points, voicing, etc..
Film scoring: Fit a
passage of music into an exact time by adjusting tempos, and show the exact rhythmic
position of all hit points.
Transform Scale: Turn music from one
scale into another, e.g. minor to pentatonic.
Sibelius comes with more than 70
plug-in features which do useful things to your score, such as:
- Check for mistakes, e.g. parallel 5ths/8ves
- Harmonise tunes
- Add brass/string fingering
- Automatically create sets of scales and arpeggios (see
- Halve or double note values
- Realize figured bass and chord symbols
- Automatically generate drum patterns
- Highlight all occurrences of a motive.
Sibelius includes a complete programming language called
ManuScript, so you can even write your own plug-ins.
The Properties window lets you view and
edit advanced information about markings in your score everything from numerical
positions to notehead shapes and text sizes.
The information is divided into panels,
which you can open and close to reduce screen clutter.
Properties window shows advanced information divided into
Sibeliuss smart rulers show you
individual position measurements for each marking and staff ideal for making fine
adjustments to layout.
Multiple rulers (this score uses the Inkpen2
Find & filters
Sibelius lets you search for notes, text
and other markings, e.g. find the word "mute." Filters let you find and edit any
number of these occurrences at once. For example, you can easily find all C#s in a harp
part, then change them all to Db with a single keypress.
Just click the play button to hear your
music performed with surprising realism. Sibelius reads, understands and plays back all
standard markings including trills, repeats, cresc./dim. hairpins, 8vas,
glissandos, percussion and drum sets, guitar tab, and even quarter-tones.
Sibelius understands musical words and
phrases such as: rit., pizz., Allegro, mute, swing, and change to
Piccolo. Musical terms in various languages are already defined in a built-in
dictionary and you can add new words to it, too.
Sibelius lets you select specific
instruments and sections of music to listen to, automatically playing the correct
instrumental sounds through your soundcard or MIDI equipment.
Stunning new built-in sounds - Sibelius Sounds Essentials
150+ high-quality built-in sounds
Sibelius 5 comes with Sibelius Sounds
Essentials as standard a collection of over 150 pitched and hundreds of percussion
sounds, covering a wide range of orchestral, rock & pop, jazz and marching band
instruments, plus the full General MIDI set. Weve selected the sounds from top-name
libraries such as Garritan Personal Orchestra, SONiVOX, Garritan Jazz & Big Band,
Garritan Concert & Marching Band, M-Audio Session, and Tapspace Virtual Drumline
everything you need to start producing high-quality playback, audio files and CDs.
Sibelius Sounds Essentials plays back
using Kontakt Player 2, the very latest version with much improved performance. It can
play any number of sounds simultaneously (limited only by your computer), loads them
almost instantly, and has extra built-in effects. Any other Sibelius Sounds you have (e.g.
Kontakt Gold, GPO Sibelius Edition) will work better than ever, too.
You can now specify exactly how
articulations, lines, tremolos and symbols play back for example, to change the
length and loudness of accents and staccatos, the speed of tremolos, or how fast chords
with wiggly arpeggio lines are spread. Hairpins automatically read dynamics to work out
how loud or soft they should end up, and sustained notes get continuously louder or softer
along the hairpin.
Always chooses the best sounds
Our revolutionary new way of categorising
sounds, called SoundWorld, ensures that Sibelius always chooses the most suitable
sound available on any device with no need to reset them if you switch equipment.
And if you want to tell Sibelius which device you prefer for particular sounds, e.g. GPO
VST & Audio Units
VST (on Windows and Mac) and Audio Units (on Mac only) are
state-of-the-art standards for high-quality instrumental sounds. A huge variety of VST and
Audio Unit instruments are available from numerous manufacturers and now Sibelius 5
can play back using any of them! So youre no longer limited to our sounds you
can now use world-famous ones such as EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna
Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and many others. Plus you can use any Kontakt Player
2 or Kontakt 2-format sounds, too.
Many effects to enhance the results (such
as advanced reverb, EQ, filters) are also available, which you can chain and mix together.
Plus you can use as many different VST or Audio Unit instruments and effects
simultaneously as your computer can handle.
Effortless control with a new Mixer
The Mixer has been completely redesigned
in a compact vertical layout with more features. There are extra faders for VST and Audio
Unit instruments and effects, a master volume control, plus you can adjust the volume and
pan of whole instrument families (e.g. brass, strings) at once. And if you have an M-Audio
keyboard you can use its own faders and transport buttons to control Sibeliuss
Kontakt Player 2
Experience breathtaking sounds and effects with Kontakt
Espressivo & Rubato
Espressivo and Rubato are unique features
which add elegant expression as Sibelius plays. Espressivo makes subtle adjustments to the
dynamics to produce musical phrasing, and Rubato varies the tempo, just like a human
Rhythmic feel, SoundStage & reverb
Sibelius lets you choose from numerous
"rhythmic feel" styles which make subtle enhancements to the rhythm
anything from jazz swing to Viennese waltz!
When playing back scores for ensembles
such as orchestra or band, Sibeliuss unique SoundStage feature positions the sounds
correctly in 3-D space, as if the instruments were on a concert stage. You can also choose
the reverb characteristics of different natural acoustics.
Because Sibelius has such sophisticated
playback features, you can use it for far more than just listening to music. Sibelius
makes it easy to check the notes youve written, accompanies while you practice, and
helps you make rehearsal tapes and CD recordings of your music.
Sibelius supports every kind of repeat you can imagine -
not just D.S., D.C., Coda, Segno and Fine,
but complex repeat structures with up to 8 repetitions. You can even make Sibelius jump
between arbitrary points in the score during playback, e.g. to skip guitar fill boxes or
simulate aleatory performances.
You can make individual notes, dynamics etc. apply only
to certain verses or repeats, so you could have the brass play only the second time round,
or make verse 3 p and verse 4 f.
Never lose another idea
Ideas are precious. Thats why
Sibelius 5 gives you the Ideas Hub - the easy way to capture, tag, find and bring together
your musical ideas. With Ideas Hub, youll never let another flash of inspiration
slip by again.
As well as your own ideas, Ideas Hub
comes preloaded with over 2000 ready-made ideas. They cover all styles of music and help
provide useful inspiration for your compositions.
The Ideas Hub
Ideas Hub is a unique new feature that lets you
capture, use and re-use snippets of music. As well as using your own ideas, over 2000
ready-made ones are included ideal for teaching.
Never lose another idea
When writing music you often come up with
a bit of melody, rhythm, accompaniment or chord progression with some potential. Now,
instead of wondering what to do with it, just tap a key to store it in the ideas Hub. Then
you can re-use these ideas later in any score, just like pasting from the clipboard;
Sibelius even transposes ideas into the right key and range.
organize and search
An idea can be a passage of music of any
length, any kind and for any number of instruments. Once youve captured an idea you
can edit it, tag it with your own keywords (e.g. canon, lyrical, riff) to help find it
later, or even colour-code it. The Ideas window lets you browse and search through all the
available ideas by keyword tags, instrument, time signature, key and so on, and even play
them back. Plus, you can export them later to share your ideas with other people.
ideas for students
Over 2000 ready-made ideas are included
for students to use, in a huge range of styles from classical, jazz and band to world
music, rock and hip-hop. By using these ideas in their music, students of all abilities
can discover how melodies, harmonies and rhythms can be put together to create differing
textures and musical structures.
They could start with just one or two
ideas for inspiration, or alternatively use ideas as building blocks to create a complete
piece. You can keep track of what theyve done, because Sibelius marks where ideas
are used in the score.
If you prefer, you can switch off all of
the ready-made ideas, or just give students a few specific ones, for more focused
Dynamic Parts in Sibelius
Parts in other programs
In other programs, to get instrumental
parts you have to extract' them from the full score. You then have to spend time
checking them and cleaning them up. And if you make revisions to the score later - which
almost always happens in practice - you either have to spend ages making the same
revisions in the parts yourself, or extract them all over again.
Not so in Sibelius.
Sibelius has a unique feature called
Dynamic Parts. You don't have to extract them in fact, you don't have to do
anything to get parts! As soon as you start a new score, all the parts are already there
and you can look at any of them from a list on the toolbar.
Editing the full score
(left) automatically changes the part (right)
As you add music to the full score, it
appears in the relevant parts too. In fact, whatever you do to the score, Sibelius
instantly updates the parts. Or you can even write music in the parts, and the score will
change to match! But you can also change things in parts without affecting the score if
you like, such as adding cues.
The parts are transposed if necessary,
have bar rests grouped into multirests', and include all the relevant markings such
as time signature and tempo changes. So you don't have to think about anything.
Create cues instantly
Creating cues in parts is now the work of
a moment. Simply copy the music you want to appear in the cue, and choose Paste As Cue.
Sibelius 5 does the rest for you it makes the cue small, puts it in a suitable
voice, transposes it or changes clef as necessary, deletes dynamics and articulations
(optional), adds a text label, hides the cue in the score, and stops it playing back. You
can even add a cue to multiple instruments at once.
Whats more, there are two new
plug-ins to make cueing even easier. Suggest Cue Locations suggests suitable points for
cues in your score, based on either the number of bars rest or the duration of a rest in a
part, while Check Cues verifies that cues youve previously added are still correct,
in case youve changed the music.
Paste As Cue makes
creating cues the work of a moment Sibelius automatically makes the music small and
stops it playing back.
Customize cue appearance
Sibelius 5 does the work of creating cues
for you, but you still have complete control over how they appear. You can choose whether
you want articulations and dynamics to be included, and whether you want the cue to have
new clefs and octave lines or be transposed to an appropriate pitch for the destination
Easy instrument changes
Scores often have two or more instruments
played by the same person, such as percussion, or clarinet doubling saxophone. Or
sometimes you need to rewrite a whole part for a different instrument. Now Sibelius will
do this automatically for you: simply put an instrument change anywhere in the music, and
Sibelius 5 will change the instrument from that point onwards altering its name,
clef, sound, even the transposition and staff type if necessary.
Plus, if you write for unusual
instruments you can now design your own, choosing the name, clef, range, sound, etc. you
want. From glockenrimba to trumpet in F#, your imagination is the only limit!
Easy instrument change: Sibelius
automatically transposes the music and changes the sound used for playback.
Complete layout control
Sibelius 5 also offers users complete
and easy layout control, covering bar and page numbering, blank pages, sheet music margins
and more making it easier than ever to produce beautiful scores.
Insert blank pages
You can now insert blank pages anywhere
with a couple of clicks, then add text, graphics, etc. to produce title pages and
performance instructions. They even work in parts too in fact, you can make any
blank page or title page appear in the score, the parts, or both.
Different margins for different pages
Scores no longer need to use the same
margins throughout you can set different margins on different pages, e.g. to allow
room for titles and copyright lines. Plus you can now easily alter margins in parts.
When importing a house style, or copying
between scores, Sibelius 5 only adds extra text styles, line types, notehead types,
symbols and so on where necessary, and wont overwrite existing ones if they differ.
You can now also move individual text styles and other object types between scores.
Bar numbers, page numbers and rehearsal
marks now support special numbering formats used in some types of score.
Bar numbers: You can set
any passage of music (such as introductions and inserted sections) to use special bar
number formats, e.g. 1a, 1b, 1c
or a, b, c
in capitals or small letters. Or
use your own prefix/suffix, such as 1 new, 2 new
, alt 1, alt 2
You can also
number bars in any frequency you like, such as every 8 bars instead of 10.
Bar numbering can now take account of
repeats in various formats. Automatic bar numbers can be selected, moved, hidden and
filtered just like anything else. And to make it all easier, the main bar number options
are now all in a single dialog.
Page numbers: Sibelius 5
lets you re-number, change the format of, or hide page numbers anywhere in a score. For
example, you could number the introductory pages of your score i, ii, iii
or a, b,
, with the music pages numbered 1, 2, 3...
Rehearsal marks: Add
automatic prefixes/suffixes to rehearsal marks, e.g. 1A, 2A, 3A
And where rehearsal
marks coincide with bar numbers, you can hide the bar numbers automatically to avoid
also takes care of the layout of parts for you. It puts page turns at convenient places,
and positions rehearsal marks, new sections, key changes etc. at the start of systems, to
make them easier for players to locate. In fact, you'll hardly need to adjust parts at all
just a quick look through and then print.
You can print a complete set of parts
with one click of the mouse, and even specify how many copies you want for each
Print a complete set of parts
with one click
Overall, Dynamic Parts will save you many
hours of work on every score all the time spent writing out or extracting parts is
now a thing of the past.
Worksheet Creator in Sibelius
If you teach music, you'll know how long
it can take to produce good curriculum materials. That's why we invented the unique
Worksheet Creator, in collaboration with experienced teachers and educators.
The Worksheet Creator frees up many hours of your time by giving you a comprehensive range
of ready-made teaching materials over 1700 worksheets, projects, exercises, songs,
instrumental pieces, lyrics, posters, reference material and other resources.
They can be used by individuals or groups in class, or for homework - either on paper or
on computer. All of the materials are carefully designed to fulfil curriculum
requirements, and to suit school students of all ages. Some of them (such as the
repertoire and reference material) are also useful for universities and instrumental
Many of the worksheets have random
questions that are different each time. You can produce both a worksheet for the student
and a completed answer sheet to save time when marking. And it all takes just a few
Creating a worksheet
Just choose from 6 main categories in the Worksheet
- Elements of music covers music theory and
- Writing and creating music includes
notation, transposing, arranging, composing and improvising
- Selected repertoire has over 400 pieces
for voice, piano and other instruments, including songs in 14 different languages and 50
Bach keyboard pieces, suitable for study, arranging and performance. There are also 45
poems to set to music.
- Reference includes over 200 scales and
modes, ranges of different instruments, etc.
- Posters, flashcards & games has
nearly 200 of these, from notes and keys to pictures of instruments
- UK KS3 & GCSE Projects has
UK-specific projects from African drumming to serialism.
Creates student worksheet and filled-in answer sheet
Each of these contains further
sub-categories for example, Elements of Music includes 14 areas, such as rhythm,
scales, sight-reading and ear training; so with a few clicks you can narrow down your
choice to just what you need.
Using your own worksheets
But you don't have to use the Worksheet
Creator materials as they are. You can either adapt them to your own requirements, or
create your own worksheets based on blank templates provided. You can also add your own
worksheets to the Worksheet Creator for future re-use, to view, play, print and download.
Video in Sibelius
Sibelius is already used for many films
and TV shows from Shrek 2 to The Simpsons. And you can use it
yourself to write music to video. This is ideal for everything from student multimedia
projects to professional scoring. No other notation program can do this.
Composing to video
As usual, it's very easy to do. You can simply add any video file to a score; Sibelius
displays the video in a window, and plays it back in sync with the music. In fact, the
video and score are always kept in sync, whether you're writing music, playing back,
fast-forwarding or rewinding.
You can play the video at different sizes or even full screen to watch the finished
result; and Sibelius's audio export feature makes it easy for you to add your finished
music to the video soundtrack.
But that's not all. You can add hit points in the score to mark important
visual events; these make it easy to write music to fit the action. Hit points
automatically move when you alter metronome marks, so you can tweak the tempo to make a
hit point fall exactly on a beat.
To get you started, Sibelius 5 comes with
a variety of short videos to compose to ranging from Shackleton's legendary
Antarctic expedition to Chalie Chaplin.
And you can get more for free from SibeliusEducation.com. The Internet also has thousands
of adverts and trailers to download, which are ideal for students to write for.
Timecode & score duration
Sibelius calculates the time position
(timecode) of every bar and the total duration of the score to high precision
useful for film/TV scoring, or for any work which requires timings.
Timecode is written above barlines and shown as a digital clock during playback, taking
into account tempo marks, irregular bars and rits/accels. Display formats include seconds,
centiseconds and various frame rates.
(This feature does not display or sync to
incoming SMPTE or MTC.)
Publish, or sell, your music online
As well as printed music, Sibelius
publishes beautifully online, too. You can create web versions of scores which can be
viewed by anyone using the free Scorch web browser plug-in.