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Export to EDL/AAF/XML Dialog Box

The Export to EDL/AAF/XML window allows you to export your animatic into a video editing sequence which you can import in Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid Xpress, Avid Media Composer or Sony Vegas.

The timing, motions, and sound clips in your project are preserved.

NOTE: See Exporting an EDL, AAF or XML Sequence to learn how to use this feature.
Parameter Description

Destination Path

Path

Lets you specify the name and location of the XML/AAF file you are creating.

File Pattern

Allows you to enter the prefix or the pattern for the names of the exported files. You can leave this field blank to use the default file naming pattern, type in a file name to use it as a prefix, or type a full pattern using the following variables:

    %t - Project title
  • %a - Act number
  • %q - Sequence number
  • %s - Scene number
  • %p - Panel number
TIP: Numbers used in file naming patterns are automatically padded by zeros as needed. You can type a number between the % sign and the variable letter to determine the amount of characters you want the variable to use. For example, with the variable %4s, scene 1 would appear as scene 0001.

Export Type

 

Lets you elect the format in which to store the timing information (timecode for panels and audio tracks). The format will be chosen depending on the destination application:

  • Generate EDL file: Can be imported in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere.
NOTE: Due to limitations with the EDL format, only the first four audio tracks in your project can be exported, and sound clips that are used multiple times in the project will only appear one time in the exported sequence.
  • Generate AAF file: Can be imported in Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.
NOTE: Due to limitation with the AAF format, Slide-in and Slide-out transitions will be converted to Dissolve transitions, Clock Wipe transitions will always be exported as 12 o’clock (0 degree) clockwise transitions, and Edge Wipe transitions will be exported as either Horizontal, Vertical or Corner Wipe transitions.
  • Generate XML file: Can be imported in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.
NOTE: If your editing system is not mentioned above, check its specifications to verify which format can be imported.

Generate EDL, AAF, XML File

Generates an EDL, AAF, or XML file.

Options

Movie Format

Movie clips can be exported in Windows Media Video (*.wmv) format on Windows and in QuickTime Movie (*.mov) format on either Windows or Mac OS if QuickTime Player is installed. This option can not be changed if only one movie format is available for export.

NOTE: Not all editing systems support importing Windows Media Video files. Check with your software’s documentation to see which movie file types are supported.

Video Config

Click this button to configure the video settings. When exporting in QuickTime, this allows to set the video codec, framerate and quality. When exporting in WindowsMedia Video allows to set the video bit rate and variable bit rate quality.The resolution drop-down right of the Video Config button can be used to define the output resolution, since you might not always need to export the storyboard at full resolution. You can select Full, Half or Quarter of a project’s resolution.

One Movie Clip Per Panel

Exports more than one QuickTime movie clip per scene (which might contain more than one panel) e.g. to obtain better granularity during editing since the storyboard will have smaller movie clips.

Generate Video Files

If you only need the EDL, AAF or XML files to be generated, deselect this option so no video files are rendered.

Copy Audio Files

When enabled, the project’s sound files are copied to the same directory as the EDL/XML/AAF files and the video files when exporting. Sound clips that are used several times in the project will only be copied once and linked to several times in the EDL/XML/AAF sequence. Disabling this option can be useful if you are overwriting a previous EDL/XML/AAF export of your project and have not made changes to the sound clips in your project, as it will make the export faster.

NOTE: When this option is unchecked, the project’s audio tracks and their editing data will still be exported into the EDL/XML/AAF sequence. Only the actual sound files will be missing.

Export Range Tab

All

Exports the entire storyboard.

Selected Scenes

Select this option to export a specific selection of scenes. Then, click on the Select button to open the Scenes Picker dialog box, in which you can:

  • Type the number of a sequence or of a scene in the Sequence or Scene fields in the Filter section, to only show matching sequences or matching scenes in the list.
  • Click and drag to select a range of scenes.
  • Hold the Ctrl key and click on each scene you want to add to your selection.
  • Hold the Shift key, then click on the first scene and the last scene you want to add to your selection, to select every scene between those two scenes inclusively.
  • If your project has sequences, click on a sequence to select every scene in that sequence.

Current Scene

Exports only the currently selected scene.

Current Panel

Exports only the currently selected panel.

Tracked Panels - [0 panel]

Exports panels on which tracking changes is enabled—see About Track Changes.

Burn In Tab

Print Time Code

Prints the project timecode on the video as an overlay on your video.

Print Scene Names and Panel Numbers

Prints the scene names and panel numbers as an overlay on your video.

Print Additional Duration

Prints another time code counting the time for the current panel, scene or sequence, depending on what is selected in the Repeat drop-down.

Units

Displays additional duration information using Time Code or Frames units.

Repeat

Displays additional duration information per panel, scene or sequence.

Camera Grid Tab

Project Safety

Prints the safe area on your video.

4:3 Safety

Prints the 4:3 safe area on each panel of your storyboard that has a camera movement.

4:3 Reference

Prints the 4:3 area on each panel of your storyboard that has a camera movement.

Captions Tab

Print Captions

Choose whether to not print captions (None) or select one of your project’s captions to print into the exported movies. By default, a Storyboard Pro project has Action Notes, Dialog, Slugging and Notes captions, but you can also choose to print custom captions if your project has any.

Font

Select which font the captions will be printed in. By default, they will be printed in Arial.

Height %

Sets the size of caption lines relative to the height of the exported movies. For example, if exporting a movie at 1080p with 3% Height captions, each caption line will be 32 pixels in height.

Position

Prints the captions at either the Top Left, Top Centre, Top Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Centre or Bottom Right of the panels. By default, captions are printed to the Bottom Centre.

Max Lines

Sets the maximum amount of caption lines to print on each panel. If a caption being printed requires more than the maximum amount of lines, it will be cut off with an ellipsis (...) at the end.

NOTE: Even if captions are printed at the bottom, they will be aligned to the top of the space reserved for them, which is calculated by the amount of Max Lines x the Height %. Therefore, if this setting is too high and captions are printed at the bottom, they may appear closer to the middle of the picture than to the bottom.

Text Colour

Select the font colour in which to print the captions.

Bg Colour

Select the background colour on which to print the captions. If the checkbox is unchecked, the captions will be printed directly into the rendered picture. Otherwise, they will be printed in rectangular boxes of the chosen colour.

Open folder after export

Opens the folder in which files were exported in a file browser once the export is done.