• Price: 209 . 479 . 959

  • Company: PowerProduction

  • Pros: Extensive output options and large content library. Timeline sound sync and editing. Multiple data fields/caption windows. PSD layer, batch image, and alpha channel support. Simulated zooms/pans.

  • Cons: Cluttered interface. Fairly basic guide. Expensive.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 7 out of 10 We rate this 7 out of 10

PowerProduction Software’s StoryBoard tool comes in three versions – Quick, Artist, and Artist Studio. The high-end Studio version is designed for top-end filmmakers, while the Quick version provides simple tools for knocking together basic previz.

We reviewed StoryBoard Artist, which is aimed at multi-disciplined creatives working in film, TV, advertising, and interactive media.

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The software allows you to previsualize a variety of storyboard types. You set the aspect ratio required for the board in the initial projects box – choose from a wide variety of formats including US or Euro feature film, SD, HDTV, and CinemaScope – then build the shots up using built-in pre-drawn Library elements. These are dragged from Library Palettes, imported image files (PSD layers and alpha channels are now supported), or you can draw in the Frame Window using the Draw Pen, Draw tools, and Colour Palette.
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The library elements can be previewed in their palettes – so you could choose the angle a character is going to be viewed from, what expression is on their face, and any of a number of preset poses. You can edit these attributes using the controls on the Objects palette or interactively using the mouse wheel. 
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Camera panning and zooming is also possible. Arrows are used to indicate character or element movement, and separate director’s arrows indicate camera movement. The interface soon fills up, though, and it’s not the most elegant of solutions, especially compared to Antics 3D, but it’s flexible for the kinds of tasks a director would demand of it.
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