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About Projects and File Structure
Learn about the structure of a Storyboard Pro file and how its different files and folders are used.
- 1. Starting Storyboard Pro — 2m
- 2. Welcome Screen — 5m
- 3. About Projects and File Structure — 4m
- 4. Creating a Project — 4m
- 5. Creating a New Project from a Final Draft Script — 6m
- 6. Custom Resolution — 4m
- 7. Opening a Project — Less than a minute
- 8. Optimizing a Project — 4m
- 9. Optimizing Drawings — 5m
- 10. Best Practices — 7m
- 11. Project Properties - Settings Tab — 3m
- 12. Project Properties - Bitmap Resolution Tab — 2m
- 13. Project Properties - Project Resolution Tab — 3m
- 14. Project Properties - Naming Tab — 11m
About Projects and File Structure.
So in one of the previous tutorials, we created a project and saved it in our Projects directory, and we named it "Animated Series." So I'm going to talk a little bit about the structure of a Storyboard Pro file once it's been saved on your computer. So they look like a folder like this, which might be new to some people who are used to seeing their file appearing as just a file name or a file name next to an icon. So with Storyboard Pro, the project file is really everything in this file folder. So the executable file, which means the file that you would double-click on in order to open the project, is this one right here. We know this because it's a .sboard file, so a Storyboard file. And we also know this because we see the green Storyboard Pro icon beside it. Some of the other items within this folder are some auxiliary files, which I wouldn't worry about, and some other folders inside, which pertain to different parts of your project.
So Elements, for example, would house all your drawings. And this one is probably blank or there's a single drawing because, like I said, this project was freshly created. So when a single drawing is created, it's given a name. So in this case, it's a Draw-1.tvg. And the TVG file format stands for Toon Boom Vector Graphic.
The environment and frames, I'm assuming, most of these are empty, once again, because this is a newly created file except for the LOG files which show my name and how I logged in or how I accessed this project, etc. And then lastly, we have some things pertaining to the palette list. And this happens when you start creating your own custom palettes for characters and objects and backgrounds in your project as well as pen styles. And these are all things that you will be able to save later on and then import or export into different projects.
So because there's a newly created project, it doesn't have all the files that you would normally see inside a single project file for Storyboard Pro. So let's take a look at a project that was created a while ago and has a lot more elements inside of it.
So as you can see, this project file looks a little bit different than the one that we saw. But, in fact, it's actually the same. The reason that you see three executable files here is because this animator was a versioning as she went along. So the latest one is the one at the bottom here, because it's version four. And once again, everything else is the same. She probably has a few extra file folders… an audio one because she actually imported an audio, and she has a lot more drawings. She even has a folder for 3D model because she imported in 3D model, etc.
One of the most important things to remember out of this entire video is that if you need to move this project file, you can't just take out the executable file, so the .sboard file, and move it somewhere and give it to someone else so they can work on it. This entire project needs to be moved together. Everything has to stay in the primary folder, which should bear the project name that you gave it. So if you need to give this project to somebody, you would give them this entire folder. Once you separate the executable file, everything it's linked to will be lost. So they'll no longer be able to access those vector graphics, these 3D models, its palettes, etc. So that's the one basic tenet that you should know about Storyboard Pro files.