Creating a Multiple Point Camera Movement

Instructions

Objective: To create camera movements using several different camera positions in Storyboard Pro (version 1).

Method: This involves creating a scene with one less panel than there are camera moves.
The idea is to use the same imagery and framing over several panels; then make use of the Copy Camera Start/End Position to implement the multi-part camera movement.

Process: This example explains how to make a 4-point camera move.
The four camera positions are: A->B->C->D

Step 1 - Creating the shot:

  1. Create a shot whose duration is the entire camera movement.
  2. Import your BG and other art as layers.


Step 2 - Splitting the shot into panels:

  1. Split the shot by placing the timeline marker at the time when the camera will hit position "B" (right-click to Split Panel at Current Frame).
    It doesn't need to be exact because you will adjust the duration later fron the "Panel" window for exact timing.
  2. Repeat this step at the timeline location for Camera position "C".
    Splitting the panels this way avoids having to re-import the art layers.


Step 3 - Placing the Camera Positions "A" & "B":

  1. In Panel 1 of the shot, use the Dynamic Camera to make a camera move for position A->B.


Step 4 - Placing Camera Positions "B" and "C":

  1. Place the timeline marker in Panel 2 of the shot and copy the camera start position using
    Menu > Storyboard > Copy Camera Start Position > From End Position of Previous Panel.
  2. Now you will need to place the end position of Panel 2's Dynamic Camera to create B->C.


Step 5 - Placing Camera Positions "C" and "D":

  1. Place the timeline marker in Panel 3 of the shot and copy the camera start position using
    Menu > Storyboard > Copy Camera Start Position > From End Position of Previous Panel.
  2. Now you will need to place the end position of Panel 3's Dynamic Camera to create C->D.


Step 6 - Adjusting the timing:
At this point you should have the four camera positions; A->B->C->D

  1. Use the panel tab window to adjust the durations of the three panels of the shot.
  2. Once this is done, use the Panel/Camera tab to do the holds and eases for the camera move's timing.

Publish date: June 7, 2012

Category: Software Issues

Operating system:

  • Windows (all)
  • Mac OS X (all)

Software:

  • Storyboard Pro (all)