One of the many features of Storyboard Pro is the ability to export your storyboard into a movie file format. This is a powerful feature because there are many post-production tools available that allow you to edit movie files and enhance them with features such as color correction, scene transitions, motion tracking and more. In this post, we’ll walk you through how you can export your Toon Boom Storyboard Pro project into a movie file and import it into Adobe Premiere. Adobe Premiere is an industry-standard video editing program. It is very powerful and allows you to do all sorts of post-production editing of videos.
Preparing Your Project for Import into Adobe Premiere
This step is rather straightforward. Basically, you will want to open your Storyboard Pro project and ensure that everything is setup the way you want. Make sure all your slides and audio clips are in the right spots. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you know what resolution, aspect ratio, and framerate your project is set to. To do this, Go to Storyboard → Properties…
This will open the Storyboard properties window. In this window, click the “Project Resolution” tab. This will show you the resolution and aspect ratio of your project. Your frame rate can be found in the “FPS” section. Take note of these values as you will want to know them for making your Premiere project.
Exporting the Storyboard
This step is simple. Once you’ve confirmed everything is as you want it, go to File → Export → Movie…
On the window that opens, choose a directory to save the file to by clicking the folder icon under “Destination Path”.
Next, you’ll want to select “Windows Media Video (*.wmv)” from the “Movie Format” section. From there, you can leave everything else as default unless you want to modify some specific settings. Click Export when you are ready to export the file.
Importing the File into Adobe Premiere
Once you have the file exported, you just need to bring it into Adobe Premiere. To do this, open Adobe Premiere. Choose “New Project” on the main window. Give the project a name when asked.
When asked to create a new sequence, be sure to choose a template that matches the resolution and framerate of your Storyboard project. For instance, if your project was 1920 x 1080 resolution at a framerate of 24, then you’ll want to choose a sequence template that is 1080p24, such as the Digital SLR → 1080p → DSLR 1080p24 setting. This is not the only sequence setting that works. There may be other settings that you prefer that match the storyboard specifications.
Name the sequence and click OK.
Now that the project is open, we just need to import the storyboard file. Go to File → Import…
Browse to the location you exported the Storyboard Pro file to and choose it. Once you’ve chosen to import it, the file will be loaded into the project and it will be ready to use.
At this point, you’ve imported your Storyboard Pro video file into Adobe Premiere. Now, you can edit the video like you would any other kind of video. Of course, this will require you to know how to use Adobe Premiere, which falls outside the scope of this post. Now that you know how to import your Storyboard Pro project into Adobe Premiere, you can get to editing! Good luck!
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