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Storyboard Pro 5.5 is Now Here!
Announcing Storyboard Pro 5.5 - the latest version of Storyboard Pro, the industry standard software from Toon Boom for storyboarding and animatics.
Storyboard Pro 5.5 offers the most complete set of storyboarding and animatics tools available anywhere. With new drawing and editing capabilities and the support of high pixel density displays, storytellers can concentrate on their art in an interactive, user-friendly interface.
Storyboard Pro 5.5 user interface looks much crisper on Retina display (lower image).
Guides and Vanishing Points
In Storyboard Pro 5.5, drawing tools can snap to new Guides and Vanishing points, enabling you to draw backgrounds and props in perspective faster. Requested by both freelancers and studios, the new Guides and Vanishing Points combine with Storyboard Pro's powerful brush and pencil tools to make perspective compositions much easier to draw.
Flip Selected Scenes
Storyboard revisions are easier than ever with the new Flip Selected Scenes command that lets you automatically mirror scene artwork and cameras without leaving Storyboard Pro. You can set a hotkey for Flip Selected Scenes to speed up the process even more.
In Storyboard Pro, characters are often filled (shaded) to hide what is behind them when layering on backgrounds. Doing this manually can be a very time consuming process. The new Generate Auto-Matte in Storyboard Pro 5.5 speeds up this process by generating a matte for multiple drawings with one click.
Radial and Directional Blurs
Storyboard artists and editors often use blurs to convey action and movement. In Storyboard Pro 5.5 Radial Zoom and Directional blurs can be easily added to artwork to emphasize activity and increase visual interest.
Storyboard Pro 5.5 includes handy new Timeline Markers that can be placed on the timeline to set the story pace and time actions. Markers won't move when you reorder panels, providing a reliable visual reference for key milestones in your storyboards.
Round tripping with AAF Interchange Format Support
Round trip data exchange between Storyboard Pro and Avid Media Composer makes your production pipeline more flexible than ever. With the enhanced support for AAF, you can export Storyboard Pro projects into your Avid editing suite to lay out panels and sounds with the correct timing. You can then conform back the changes you made in the editing suite to Storyboard Pro thereby keeping the storyboard in synch with the new timing.
Improved Sound Editing
Storyboard Pro 5.5 includes several audio editing improvements that simplify animatic production. You can now play sound past the last panel, copy and paste audio clips to multiple tracks, use Solo Mode to isolate tracks and preserve volume keyframes when splitting sounds. Logarithmic waveforms are displayed to show low volume sounds and sound names now remain visible when you select a clip.
You'd expect Toon Boom's Storyboard Pro, with its rich functionality, to have a cluttered interface - but you'd be wrong! It's well laid out, intuitive, and has some stellar tools that help me get jobs done much faster so I can get paid and move on to the next project. It's the go-to weapon in my arsenal.Mike Milo Director, Writer, Story Artist
Check it out
All the new features in Storyboard Pro 5.5 make storyboarding and animatic production easier than ever. Try it out!
Pricing is as low as $38 per month (annual subscription) or $999 for a Perpetual License (go here for pricing).
Plus there's loads of free learning materials available to help get you started!