How to Export
Now that you have finished your storyboard or animatic, it is time to export it as images, PDF, or a movie file. Depending on whether or not you plan to edit your movie in a third party software or export snapshots, Storyboard Pro supports several export formats.
Exporting a PDF
You can export your storyboard project as a PDF file which you can print or share electronically. This is where you can set up your visuals to represent a classic storyboard on paper, or any other format you desire.
- Select File > Export > PDF.
The Export to PDF window opens.
- In the Destination Path field, specify the location and name of the file.
- In the PDF Export Parameters section, select a layout for the PDF file.
We recommend the 3 Panels Horizontal layout.
- In the Export Range section, select whether to generate a file including the entire storyboard, specific shots, or the currently selected panel(s).
We recommend the All option to export the entire storyboard.
- To view the file when it is ready, select the Open document after export option.
Exporting a QuickTime Movie
Once you have created your storyboard and animatic, you can export it as a movie file to share and play back easily for an efficient timing reference. You can export your movie file in different formats (QuickTime, SWF movie (Flash), jpeg, targa) and as image sequences.
- Select File > Export > Movie.
The Export to Movie dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path, select a folder in which to save your movie. You can type in the exact path or use the Browse button to browse to a specific folder on your system.
- From the Export Movie Format panel:
- From the Movie Format menu, select QuickTime Movie (*.mov).
- From the Resolution menu, select the resolution: A quarter size, half size, or full size of the current storyboard resolution.
- Click Movie Options to modify some of the QuickTime movie settings.
Exporting to Toon Boom
Using Storyboard Pro, you can export your animatic as Harmony scene files. You can export the entire storyboard project or a selection of scenes. When the export is ready, you can open it in the destination software. When you first save this new scene, the exported file will be converted in the proper format depending on the software you used.The following elements of your storyboard will be exported: layers, layer motion and camera moves.
- Select File > Export > Export to Toon Boom.
The Export to Toon Boom dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path, select a folder in which to save your storyboard project. You can type in the exact path or use the Browse button to browse to a specific folder on your system. You should create a folder for your exported project since Storyboard Pro will generate several files during the export.
- In the Export Type section, select the Toon Boom animation software in which you want to export.
- Select one of the following options:
|‣||Rendered Animatic: Exports a storyboard to be rendered in bitmap images and exports to Animate/Animate Pro/Harmony scene. For each scene in your storyboard, an Animate/Animate Pro/Harmony scene will be created. Use this option if you have 3D content and want to export to Animate, Animate Pro, or Harmony 9.2 and earlier. And also to export to Harmony if you have bitmap drawing layers.|
|‣||Select Original Scene to export your storyboard in a project where the vector drawings, layers and camera settings are kept as is. For each shot or scene in your storyboard, a Harmony/Animate scene is created.|
- Select the Open document/folder after export option to view the file when it is ready.
Exporting to FBX
Exporting a storyboard project in FBX format allows you to store any motion data (from element motion or Camera angles/zooms), as well as the 2D and 3D elements in your scene. Once exported to FBX, you can open the storyboard elements in a third-party 3D application and continue to work on them. You would only export these elements to FBX once you are finished with them in Storyboard Pro. Normally, you would not bring these elements back into Storyboard Pro.
- Select File > Export > FBX.
The Export to FBX dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path section, click the Browse button and choose a folder in which to save your image sequence.
- In the File Pattern field, type a name for the exported files.
- To include the camera frame’s black border in the scene, select the Export Camera Frame option.
- From the One Clip list, select one of the following:
|‣||Per Scene: Exports one clip per scene.|
|‣||Per Project: Exports one clip for the entire project.|
|‣||Per Sequence: Exports one clip per sequence. This option is available only if your project contains sequences.|
- In the Export Range section, select how many scenes to include in the exported files:
|‣||All: Includes all the scenes in your project.|
|‣||Current Scene: Includes only the scene you selected when you opened this dialog box.|
- Click OK.
Your objects are saved as an FBX file in the folder you specified.