File Menu

The File menu lets you open, close, save, optimize, import and export files.

Command Description

New

Creates a new project while closing any scene already open. The New Project dialog box opens, asking for directory, name, and resolution information.

New from Final Draft Script

Uses your Final Draft script to create a new Storyboard Pro project. This saves you time as it handles the creation of scenes and panels, as well as inserting all the text in the proper captions automatically.

New from Harmony Scenes

You can create a project from Harmony scenes. Before you do this, in Harmony, you must mark the frames you want to use as panels in your project. Frames must be marked in an annotation column called "EM". For each marked frame, a panel is created in Storyboard Pro. If you don't mark your frames, the first frame of each Harmony scene will be used.

You must group all your different Harmony scenes in one folder. Storyboard Pro will create one scene per Harmony scene. If your Harmony scene contains several EM markers in the annotation column, Storyboard Pro will create multiple panels within the scene.

Open

Displays the Open Project dialog box where you can browse for a project file. You can open a new project from the current one and the previous project will close.

Open Recent

Displays a list of the most recently opened projects.

Clear

Clears the list of recently opened projects.

Close

Closes the currently opened project, but does not close the Storyboard Pro application.

Save

Saves all changes made to the opened project, drawings, palettes, and palette lists. If you are working on an unpacked project, your changes are saved to the local cache.

Save As

Saves the current file with a different name and at a different location.

Saves the current state of a project as another project. The Save As window prompts you for a new name and a different location for this project before saving it. This will create a complete project directory for the new project.

NOTE: The project name cannot exceed 23 characters. To use longer names, select the Disable project name length limitation option in the Preferences dialog box.

You can also save a project as a single file by saving it as an .sbpz fileSaving Projects as a Single File.

Save and Pack

Saves an unpacked project and rezips it to the original zipped project file—see Saving Projects as a Single File.

Project Management

Split

Divides a storyboard into two parts. Each part can be saved as a different file. You can save the first half of the project, the last half of the project, or both. You can also preserve the original project intact or remove the panels from the original project. The selected panel determines the point of division.

Extract

Dvides a storyboard into several parts. Each export will be saved as a different file. You can save an intact copy of the entire storyboard or you can divide the project into separate files.

Merge

After dividing a storyboard project by splitting or extracting it, you can reassemble all the files into a single project file. Using the Merge command, you can bring several projects into one final Storyboard Pro project.

Insert

After splitting a storyboard project, you can reintegrate the scenes from a separate project file.

Merge and Replace

Once the various parts of your project are complete and you are ready to bring it all back into the master project, you can easily merge and replace the changed scenes. To merge and replace scenes, you must keep a copy of your master project intact.

What is the difference between merging and merging/replacing? When merging a project, two projects are combined into one; each project appears sequentially in the Thumbnails and Timeline views. A merge and replace integrates scene changes back into the master project; any scenes that were changed are replaced with the new one. As an option, you can keep a copy of the original files for verification purposes.

NOTE: When merging projects, the sounds in the master project will now move in order to sync with the panels. Because the sounds will follow panels based on their name, it is important to lock scene and panel names before distributing the different scene's extracts, in order to preserve them.

Restore and Open Backup

Lets you locate a previously backed up version of a project and opens it.

Backup Storyboard

Creates a compressed version of your project. Backing up your work provides a safety net against corrupted files and allows you to have several versions of your project at different stages, in case you ever want to go back and work from an earlier point in the production.

Optimize Project

Opens the Optimize Project dialog box from which can remove unused elements, flatten all drawings and reduce the texture resolution in the project. This will reduce the file size of a project and increase the speed at which you can work on a project.

Create Optimized Drawings

When using any of the playback options in Storyboard Pro, the software has to calculate the positioning of all the *.tvgs (Toon Boom vector graphics), the file format that is created from all your drawing strokes. This calculation tends to slow down the rate of playback. There is, however, a way to circumvent this problem.

There is a a second file format, the *.tvgo (Toon Boom vector graphic optimized) that has all the pixel position information precalculated. Using these drawings should significantly speed up playback—see Advanced Preferences.

Regenerate All Thumbnails

Lets you get the most up-to-date thumbnails in the Thumbnails view. As you draw, a series of small images (thumbnails) is generated. These thumbnails are automatically refreshed based on the refresh duration you set in the Preferences dialog box (Advanced tab, Delay Before Updating Thumbnails parameter).

You can update thumbnails immediately. This removes all cached thumbnails in the Thumbnails and Timeline views, and forces new thumbnails to be regenerated.

Import

Images as Scenes

Let you import one or several images and automatically create a new scene for each. This is useful if you have a series of bitmap images that you need to include, such as backgrounds or scanned storyboards.

The supported image formats include: .bmp, .jpg, .omf, .opt, .pal, .png, .psd, .scan, .sgi, .tga, .tif, .tvg, and .yuv.

Images as Layers

As you build a scene, you may want to use bitmap images for backgrounds and overlays. You may also want to import an image as a reference for a vector drawing you want to create.

With Storyboard Pro, you can import a variety of bitmap formats (.jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .opt, .pal, .png, .psd, .omf, .scan, .sgi, .tga, .tvg, .yuv) which you can combine with vector-animated content to create rich and unique graphic styles.

You can import a single image (or multiple images located in the same folder) into a new layer.

IMPORTANT: Storyboard Pro does not support import of 8-bit CMYK or 16-bit RGB or CMYK format .psd files. You can currently import only 8-bit RGBA format .psd files.

Videos/Images as Clips

Allows you to import images or movie files into clips in video tracks, which are independent from your animatic and can be made to appear over or underneath the elements in your storyboard.  

Movie files can be imported as video clips to be played in your projects. Still images can be imported as static video clip which can be made to last any amount of time.

You can import any image file supported by Storyboard Pro as a video clip. You can also import movie files in QuickTime Movie (.mov) or MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v) format which are encoded with the H.264. On Windows only, you can also import Windows Media Video (*.wmv) files, and on macOS only, you can also import QuickTime Movie (.mov) files encoded in Apple ProRes.

Sound Files

Allows you to import sound files (.wav, .aif, .aiff or .mp3) as sound clips into an audio track.

Record Sound

Allows you to record a sound clip using your workstation's recording device directly into an audio track in your project.

Export

Bitmap

Lets you export a storyboard project to bitmap files in .psd (with separate layers), .tga, .jpg or .png format. A separate bitmap file is exported for each panel in the storyboard. When exporting .psd files, animations and transitions are not exported, but camera movements are rendered into an independent layer.In the case of a .psd file, transform and transition animations are not exported. However, camera moves are rendered into an independent layer.

Layout

Lets you export scenes into layout images, which can be used to set up animation scenes or to create background art based on the scene layout and camera movements. Layout images can be rendered with all layers combined or with one image per layer, and can optionally include camera frames and movements. Layouts can be exported in .psd (with separate layers), .tga, .jpg or .png format.

Current Image

Lets you export the current frame into a .jpeg, .psd, .tga or .png image. Note that .psd files will contain each layer in the panel, named by their layer name.

NOTE: No caption or camera frame will be exported in the image file.

CSV

Lets you the data in a storyboard project in comma separated value (.csv) file format. You can view this data in any application that supports comma separated value files, such as Microsoft Excel. If you do not have Microsoft Excel installed, you can save the .csv file to your computer and open the file in another application.

EDL/AAF/XML

Once a storyboard is complete, you can send it to a Non-linear Editing (NLE) system to complete the animatic in a real editing suite with a direct return on TV or use it as a pre-editing map to replace the storyboard scenes with the final materials (shot in live action or rendered from a 2D or 3D software).

You can export your storyboard project and preserve the timing, motions, and sounds edited with Storyboard Pro, directly to Apple Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premiere using the EDL or XML formats, or to Avid Xpress, Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere using the AAF format.

Movie

Lets you export your storyboard and animatic as a movie file to share and play back easily for an efficient timing reference. You can export your movie file in different movie formats (Windows Media Video, QuickTime or Flash) and as image sequences (.jpeg, .tga or .png).

PDF

Lets you export your storyboard project as a .pdf file which you can later print or share electronically. This is where you will find the way to set up your visuals to represent a classic storyboard on paper. An extensive number of options, settings and customizing is possible while exporting to PDF.

Audio

Allows you to export your project's audio into one or several sound files. You can choose to export a single file for all your project's audio tracks, or to export each audio track individually. You can also choose to export a single track for your whole project, or to separate it by scene, sequence or act.

To Harmony

Allows you to export your animatic into a set of Harmony scenes. After the export, you can open the scenes Toon Boom Harmony right away and kickstart the production of your animation project. If you are working with Harmony Server, you can export a package of scenes that can be imported into your database using Control Center. The resulting Harmony scenes will be the same length as the scenes in your Storyboard Pro project, they will contain each of their panels so that you may animate over them, and they will contain their respective part of the animatic's soundtrack.

FBX

Lets you export your storyboard project in FBX format, which 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.

These elements should only be exported to FBX when you are finished with them in Storyboard Pro. Normally, you would not bring the elements back into Storyboard Pro.

Conformation

Export Project

Allows you to export your Storyboard Pro project for conformation. You can export your project in a format compatible with Final Cut Pro 7 or Avid Media Composer. You can then make edits to your project in the intended software, and conform it back into Storyboard Pro to integrate the changes made in the video editing software.

Export Selected Panels

Lets you export the selected panels for conformation, instead of the entire project.

Export Tracked Panels

Lets you export tracked panels for conformation, instead of the entire project.

Import Animatic Project

Once you have imported your project’s conformation (XML or AAF) into the-third party software and finished editing it,, you will need to export it once again as an XML or AAF file to bring it back into your Storyboard Pro project. This option allows you to import the resulting XML or AAF file back into the project and apply the changes made in the editing software to your animatic.

NOTES
  • Refer to your third party software’s documentation to learn how to export the animatic project in an XML or AAF file format.
  • You can only reimport a modified conformation XML or AAF file into the original project from which it was first exported.

Update Captions from CSV

Lets you update the captions in your project. If you generate a .csv sheet (comma separated values) from your project, you can update the file, then import it into Storyboard Pro. Doing so will update all caption fields automatically. You must first generate the CSV from your current project.

Quit

Closes the application.