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David TannenbaumStoryboard recommendations
by on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:47:41 pm

not exactly After Effects specific: Any recommendations for economical storyboard software for PC

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Angelo LorenzoRe: Storyboard recommendations
by on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:36:24 am

The real question: can you draw or are you looking for something more drag/drop?

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David TannenbaumRe: Storyboard recommendations
by on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:56:48 am

drag and drop. can't draw. need to show client nice storyboards

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Angelo LorenzoRe: Storyboard recommendations
by on Apr 4, 2012 at 6:19:21 am

I like FrameForge Core It's pricy at $400 but it's become fairly indispensable when working with certain client jobs.

It's 3d with plenty of drag-n-drop people and props. You can also build to-scale floorplans and choose real camera/lens formats to see if that interior wide shot is possible for instance. You can set and position multiple cameras (making storyboards of OTS shots easy without moving a single camera). You can take screenshots from each camera and organize them in a storyboard that allows for notes and will also show overhead blueprints for blocking purposes.

You can also crudely tween animate between keyframes (snapshots) of each camera/actor/prop position. Export out the rough animation as a jpeg sequence and you can bring it into Premiere, record a voiceover and have a pretty well done animatic (commercial clients love this, since you can show them how 30 or 60 second spots really time out).

I've used this on about half a dozen client jobs. The animatic during the bid phase won us a job as well. They all seemed to like it.

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