Exporting Storyboard Pro Files into Animate or Animate Pro
Toon Boom Storyboard Pro provides an export bridge to Toon Boom Animate and Toon Boom Animate Pro. The export process creates your scenes for you and inserts the necessary data in it, but what happens to your camera motion, scene length and drawings?
How to Export Your Storyboard to Toon Boom:
Once your storyboard is completed in Storyboard Pro, you can create your Animate and Animate Pro content using the Export menu. A few options are available to choose from.
When you export from Storyboard Pro, the export process creates a separate scene from each shot in your storyboard.
These projects are only compatible with Animate and Animate Pro.
To export a storyboard to Toon Boom Animate or Toon Boom Animate Pro:
- Open you storyboard project in Storyboard Pro.
In the top menu, select File > Export > To Animate.
The Export to Animate/Animate Pro dialog box opens.
- In the Destination Path section, specify the location and name of the folder that will contain the storyboard's assets in Animate or Animate Pro.
- Click the Browse button to display a window to select a location.
In the Export Range section:
- All: Select this option to export your entire storyboard.
- Selected Scenes: Select this option to export only the Scenes listed in the adjacent text field. When you enter a list of scenes in the text field you should separate them using a comma, e.g. 1,2,3
- When you enter a range of scenes in the text field you should use a hyphen to list the range, e.g. 1-3.
- Inthe following example:1,2,5-7; scenes 1 and 2, and 5, 6 and 7 will be exported.
- Current Scene: Select this option to export only the scene that is currently displayed in the Storyboard Pro Camera View.
- Tracked Panels: Select this option to only export panels which are marked as Tracked.
- To view the location and contents of the exported folder when they are ready, enable the Open Folder After Export option.
- Click Export to confirm your settings and begin the export. Depending on the size and length of your storyboard, this process may take several minutes. Make sure to complete the entire export process so that no elements are missing.
Moving On to Animate or Animate Pro
On completing the export process, you will find all of your Animate/Animate Pro scenes in the export folder which you specified earlier. Each scene is created using the shot name.
Open the first folder, which contains all elements for shot 1 of the storyboard.
Notice that the scene created is a *.digital file (and not the expected *.anim). This is normal.
Note: that any exported scenes in Storyboard Pro 2 can only be opened in Toon Boom Animate 2 or Toon Boom Animate Pro 2.
- The elements folder contains all the .tvg files that were extracted from your storyboard scene.
- If you have sound in your original shot, there will be an audio folder with the corresponding sound. If you do not have sound in the original shot, there will not be a folder.
Opening Your Scene in Animate/Animate Pro
When you open your scene in Animate or Animate Pro you will find the following material:
- Each Sound file will be included in its own layer.
The Drawing layer named TopLayer contains all the drawn material from the Storyboard Pro scene. You will notice that this layer is actually a Symbol.
In the Timeline, double-click on one of the frames to see what the Symbol contains.
All drawing layers will be kept as they were in Storyboard and are vector based. If you didn’t flatten your drawings in Storyboard Pro, you will have all the strokes in your drawing. Textured strokes will also be kept as is.
- The Camera layer and its Peg will also be included. If there was a camera move assigned in Storyboard Pro, the Peg will contain keyframes.
In the Animate Pro Network View, modules are kept simple. You will find the Drawing module and the Camera module attached to it’s Peg module.
Working With your Storyboard Material in Your Animated Scene (Animate Pro only)
Once you are ready to work on the layout and animation of your scene, we recommend that you first group all of your storyboard material in the Network View.
To group modules:
- Using the Select Tool, select all of your modules.
- Right-click on the selection, then select Group > Group Selection from the menu. A new Group Module will be created containing all the storyboard modules.
- Click on the Group Module’s yellow square to access the Layer Properties and change its name to Storyboard