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Exporting from Storyboard Pro to Harmony

Learn how to export your Storyboard Pro projects and open them in Harmony. Expert Jonathan J. Morimer, animator and storyboard artist, guides you through this easy and simple process.

About the Author

Jonathan J. Mortimer

Jonathan J. Mortimer

Animator and Storyboard Artist

Scotland, United Kingdom


Video Transcript

Hey you guys. How are you doing? My name's Jonathan Mortimer. I'm a freelance animator and storyboard artist currently based in sunny Scotland. For the past few years, I've been using Toon Boom products internationally to animate films and for games. Today, I've been asked to bring you tutorials on how to use Harmony Essentials. Hope you enjoy this. Let's get started.

I'm going to take you how to import your Storyboard Pro files into Harmony to make basic use of the software.

So I've got some recent projects here. I'm just going to left-click and select one for now and let it load up. Boom, here we go. I've got my full project here. I've even broken down the scenes. Quite big scenes, but it'll do the trick. I've also got some 3D files in the file as well. That's about all the way through, okay guys. So we're going to have a look at how to export our files from Storyboard Pro into Harmony guys.

Ok, so let's get started. Let's have a look at what we got.

As I've said before, I've got my project down here. I've broken it down into scenes. So I've broken down the scenes and what we can do with it. What we're going to be looking at directly is just the export function here. Now there's different things you can do for exporting from Storyboard Pro. I'll go for a couple options first.

For example, we can still export as bitmaps, we can still go down and export it as movie files, depending really on what you want to do. We can even export it as an FBX file if you've got some 3D content and movement on 3D. What I've got down here is I've got the thumbnails, so I can still look at my different parts of my scene. PDF Exporter to export my storyboards and timeline. With your timeline, of course, you can animate the Camera, you can even add some audio and sound to it to create an animatic. And it's a nice easy workflow.

If you go back to Export, what we're going to look at is forget these ones here, we're going to go straight to Export to Toon Boom. You'll get an Export to Toon Boom properties that comes up. Destination Path: Where do you want to save it? Scene name: ideal to put in.

Now as I mentioned before, we're going to export to Harmony. There's still a function to export to Animate, but for now, let's look at Harmony.

We're going to go Offline because mine is a standalone product. And if you're using Harmony 12, we're going to go to 9.2 or higher.

What we can do is we can export all the scenes, which will give you separate folders per scene or you can go for Current Scene.

What I'm going to do is I'm going to stick to the Current Scene. Just to make things a bit easier. And then I'm going to press Export. Here's what I've made earlier. Here's my scene, from my project. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to open up Harmony now.

Okay so I've got Harmony open. I've got my scene from Storyboard Pro. What I'm going to do is I'm going to go to Open and I'm just going to find that option and find the .xstage file and press Open.

Here's my scene in Harmony. I haven't done anything else to it. I've just gone to the Open function and it plays out just as it did in Storyboard Pro. So I'll pull it up for a little comparison. I can still play it. Still playing okay there. And in Harmony... Here we go. Exactly the same.

Now at this point I should mention, that I do have some 3D content. If I scroll down here... Just a reminder, if you have any 3D content in your Storyboard Pro file, it will not be imported with the Essentials package, but will be imported with other packages, such as Harmony [Premium]. But apart from that, that's it. Good to go.

We can even... As it's imported in, it's imported to different layers. First is still animate. We can still feel the keyframes and we can basically play from there. Create a little workflow.

So depending if you're working by yourself or if you're working within a studio, you could actually export the different scenes and start dividing them between your team and bring them together into Harmony.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask and happy animating.