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Project Properties - Settings Tab
Learn how to change the settings in your project, such as the name and resolution, after you've already created the project.
- 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
Project Property - Settings Tab.
When you created your project, you set the Project Name and resolution. However, you can always change these things after the fact by going to the Project Properties. So you do this by going to the top menu and selecting Storyboard > Properties. And the Project Properties window opens. So the first tab is the Settings tab, and the first field in the Title Info is Project Title, and it's usually already filled in. So in this case, it's Storyboard Pro Rocket Rodeo.
Then we have fields for the Subtitle and the Project Episode. So in this case, I'm going to call the Project Subtitle "Season 1". And I'm going to call the Project Episode "Episode 02 - Space Adventure". If you already entered a Project Subtitle into the Project Subtitle field when you created your project, it should also already appear here in the Project Properties. The importance of the Project Subtitle and Episode Title is that they will also appear in the proper place when you export a PDF, and I'll show you that in a minute.
Next, we have the Project Copyright. So I'm going to enter in 2015, and this will appear at the bottom of the PDF. So now, let's bring up a PDF just to take a look at it in terms of the naming. So here at the top, we have the Project Title "Storyboard Pro Rocket Rodeo". Then we have the Project Subtitle "Season 1". Next, we have the Episode Title "Episode 02 - Space Adventure". And then here at the bottom, we have the copyright date. The Project Name, in fact, is nowhere to be seen on the PDF and really only applies to the project file name.
Next, we have the Project Start Time. And this is important for EDLs, which are Editing Decision Lists. So an EDL determines how the panels of your project are distributed in the timeline of a third party software. Changing this value will also change the value of the start time in the timeline of Storyboard Pro.
Next, we have the Film Size in inches. So when working on a 3D scene, the Film Size determines the focal length of the camera. So you should use the same value as in the 3D software where you create your 3D elements. So a width of 1.417 is equal to 35-millimeter film.
Then we have the Project Field Chart in the Metrics section. So this sets the fields state for your animation project, and you can usually select from 12, 16, or 24. You can use the Field Chart in your animation project to determine the position and scale of how elements are placed within your camera. And the way that you would change this in the software is actually by going to View > Grid. And right now, it's obviously grayed out because our focus is on the Project Properties window.
And lastly, we have 3D Models, and the Default Scale Factor is one. So like I mentioned for the Film Size, if you have the same width that you use in your 3D scene of your 3D software when you create your 3D elements, then you should probably be able to use your Default Scale Factor of just 1. However, if you need to make an adjustment like your 3D scene is double the size, you can half the size of the scale factor to make it fit within your storyboarding project.