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About Video Clips

Video clips are image and movie files that you can add to the video tracks of your project, to display them in your animatic.

If you import an image file as a video clip, it will create a clip that displays the still image for a set amount of time. If you import a movie file as a video clip, it will import the video and play it as is, over your animatic. However, if the movie file contains an audio track, it will be ignored by Storyboard Pro.

Just like sound clips must be stored in audio tracks, video clips must be stored in video tracks. They can be cued at any time in your animatic, and their beginning and ending can be trimmed off if needed.

Just like layers in a panel, video clips can be moved, resized and rotated, can have their opacity adjusted and can even be animated. However, contrary to layers in a panel, video clips are not affected by camera movements. 

Video clips are completely independent from the structure of your animatic: They can span over several panels, scenes or even over your entire animatic, and they can start and end in the middle of a panel.

Video clips are not subject to 3D transformations. Hence, they cannot be moved back and forth across the depth of the stage. However, a video track can be put above or underneath the storyboard track. Clips in video tracks that are above the storyboard track will always appear over the artwork and objects in the storyboard, and clips in video tracks that are underneath the storyboard track will always appear behind them.

NOTE: Video clips are subject to certain limitations regarding their format. For more information, see About Video Clip Format.