Pros: Offers realtime preview rendering, import options, and real-world camera correlation.
Cons: There’s a considerable learning curve for the target audience, and it’s very expensive.
StoryViz is not really aimed at mere mortals. It’s intended for those who need to illustrate and previsualize a movie or commercial before shooting – directors, visual effects supervisors, production directors and 3D animators, for example. As such, it’s up against that other new pre-viz product, Antics from Kelseus.
The idea is a simple one: in a 3D version of a storyboard you create your sequence as a series of animated shots using 3D models, lights and background textures. StoryViz ships with a model library, but we only had a few examples of this to play with in our test version.
You can import 3D models and animations from later versions of Maya or 3DS Max (though not version 7 as yet) through the use of the StoryViz plug-in. You can import 3D scene or prop models from sequences in RealViz ImageModeler.