Storyboard Menu

The Storyboard menu lets you work with panels, scenes, sequences and transitions. You can also record annotations, track changes, and view and edit the project properties.

Command Description

New

New Panel

Creates a new panel after the current panel.

New Panel Before

Creates a new panel before the current panel.

New Scene

Creates a new scene after the current scene.

New Scene Before

Creates a new scene before the current scene.

New Scene from Selected Panels

Creates a new scene from the selected panels.

New Sequence

Creates a new sequence with a new scene and a new panel inside it at the end of the current sequence.

NOTEIf your project currently does not have sequences, it will put the entire storyboard into a single sequence, and create a new sequence at the end of the storyboard.

New Sequence from Selection

Creates a new sequence from the currently selected scenes.

NOTES
  • If your project currently does not have sequence, the scenes before the selection will be grouped together into a sequence, and all the scenes after the selection will be grouped together into another sequence.
  • Sequences must include whole scenes. If you only select some of the panels in a scene, the whole scene will be included in the sequence.

New Video Track

Adds a new video track to your animatic.

New Audio Track

Adds a new audio track to your animatic.

Start New Act

Starts a new act at the current scene.

NOTEThis option is only available if acts are enabled in the General tab of the Preferences dialog.

Smart Add Panel

Creates a new panel that contains elements from another panel.

Duplicate Selected Panels

Lets you duplicate selected panels when you need to create an exact copy of an existing one.

Delete Panel

Deletes a selected panel. Note that it is impossible to have an empty project as there is a minimum of one panel.

Rename Panel

Lets you rename one or more panels simultaenously. By default, the rename panels option is locked. You must unlock this option in the Preferences dialog box before you can rename panels. See About the Storyboard Structure.

Rename Scene

 

Rename Sequence

Lets you rename a sequence. Once you start adding sequences to your project, the Sequence field will become visible in the Panel view, allowing you to view the selected sequence's name and edit it if needed.

Lock Scene and Panel Names

Locks scene and panel names.

Unlock Scene and Panel Names

Unlocks scene and panel names.

Lock Scene Duration

Locks the duration of all scenes in your project. This ensures that the current length of every scene is preserved when adding, duplicating, or deleting panels.

Split Panel at Current Frame

Splits the current panel in two, resulting in two identical panels generated from the original. All elements, including layers, will be in both panels. Each panel’s length is determined by the position of the red playhead when you perform the operation.

Move Panel In to Current Frame

Lets you adjust the duration and position of a panel by moving its in and out points to a specific frame determined by the position of the red playhead.

NOTENote that the frame you specify must be contained within the current position of the panel you want to change the in or out point of.

Move Panel Out to Current Frame

Add Frame to Panel

Lets you adjust the duration of a panel one frame at a time.

NOTEBy default, when changing the duration of a panel, the position of existing Camera and Layer keyframes in the panel are adjusted to the new duration of a panel. However, since the position of keyframes is always in whole frames, they might not get adjusted as expected when adjusting the duration of a panel one frame at a time. This behavior cannot be changed for Layer keyframes. For more information on how to change this behavior for Camera keyframes, see About Keyframe Sync Mode.
Remove Frame from Panel

Split Current Scene

Lets you split the current scene in two or break it into three parts.

When you split a scene, it is divided before the current panel by default.

NOTEYou can change this in your preferences so that when you split a scene, it is broken into three parts and the selected panel is isolated.

Split Current Sequence

Separates a sequence in two.

Join Selected Sequence

Joins two selected sequences.

Join Selected Acts

Joins selected acts. Once an act has been split, it is possible to join acts at any time.

Markers

Add Marker

Creates a new timeline marker at the current frame.

Edit Marker

Allows you to change the colour and to add a note to the currently selected timeline marker.

Delete Marker

Deletes the currently selected timeline marker.

Delete All Markers

Deletes all timeline markers in the project.

Go to Next Marker

Moves the timeline cursor to the next marker in the project.

Go to Previous Marker

Moves the timeline cursor to the previous marker in the project.
Tracks

Rename Track

Renames the currently selected video or audio track.

Delete Current Track

Deletes the currently selected video or audio track.

Lock/Unlock All Video Tracks

If no video track is currently locked, this locks all video tracks in the project. If at least one video track is locked, this unlocks all video tracks in the project.

Lock/Unlock All Audio Tracks

If no audio track is currently locked, this locks all audio tracks in the project. If at least one audio track is locked, this unlocks all audio tracks in the project.

Add Snapshot

Lets you add snapshot markers to specify which frames in a panel will be visible in a PDF file you export. By default, only the first frame of each panel is visible in the PDF file you export. Sometimes, you may need to display a specific frame or several frames from a panel.

Change Panel Duration

Lets you modify the duration of a selected panel.

Add Transition

Lets you add a transition between scenes. Once the transition is created, you can customize it.

Delete Transition

Removes a selected transition.

Delete Transition Duration

Lets you modify the duration of a selected transition.

Enable 3D for Current Scene

Converts a selected scene to 3D which lets you move and rotate 2D and 3D layers in 3D space. Even if you do not have 3D objects in your scene, you can still move 2D objects along the Z-axis to create a multiplane effect. A 3D scene will also allow a camera to be moved in 3D space using the Camera tool.

NOTEConverting a scene to 3D applies only to the selected scene, not the entire project.

Reset Scene to 2D

Storyboard Pro lets you reset a scene to 2D. When you do so, the following happens:

Imported 3D models are removed.
3D camera moves are removed.
2D layers that have been moved and rotated in 3D are set back to 2D, removing those transformations.

Record Voice Annotation

Lets you record a voice annotation. You will need a microphone correctly connected to your computer and Storyboard Pro.

After the voice annotation has been recorded, the Voice Annotations section indicates the total number of annotations, displaying the order of the current voice annotation in the sequence and the total number of voice annotations associated with the panel. As you record voice annotations, they accumulate in sequence without being overwritten. You can select and play back any of the annotations.

Track Changes

Auto Tracking Mode

Lets you automatically detect any changes in your project, and adds a visual notification in the Thumbnails and Timeline views.

Track Change by Date

Lets you track changes by date. If a storyboard becomes very large, it may be easier to track changes made on a specific date. Opens the Search by Date dialog box which contains options to help you track changes even more efficiently.

Validate Changes

When you use the Auto Tracking Mode feature, you can use the Validate Changes option to follow up on these changes.

Lets you follow up on changes made to your project when using Auto Tracking Mode.

Properties

Opens the Project Properties dialog box where you can change the property settings in your project.