About 3D Objects

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Storyboard Pro allows you to use 3D models in your storyboard. If your project uses 3D, you can import the background and character models that were designed for the animation of your project into your storyboard. By doing this, you will not only save time by not having to draw your characters and backgrounds in every panel, but you can also ensure that they are represented accurately and consistently in the storyboard.

You can integrate 3D models to your project by importing them to your library, then dragging and dropping them into your panels where needed. Each Storyboard Pro project has its own 3D Models library. Since each instance of the model is sourced from your project's library, Storyboard Pro does not have to store a copy of your model for each panel that uses it.

Storyboard Pro supports the following types of 3D models:

  • Filmbox (.fbx)
  • 3DS Max (.3ds)
  • Wavefront OBJ (.obj)
  • Allembic (.abc)
  • Collada (.dae)
NOTEIt is recommended to use the Filmbox (.fbx) format, as it can be packaged with textures embedded in the model.

There are two ways to integrate a 3D model into a scene. You can add a 3D model to a 3D scene, in which case it will remain a 3D object and be fully manipulable and animatable, or you can render it into a 2D scene. When you do that, the 3D model is rasterized into a flat drawing layer. The layer itself can be animated, but the model remains static throughout the panel.