Storyboarding Software

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by DrRock, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. DrRock macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2005
    I do independent film, and I am considering getting a storyboarding program, because my drawing skills are lacking.

    Does anyone have any experience with any of the programs out there (FrameForge, Storyboard Quick, etc.)? And if so, which one do you like?

    And does anyone know of any freeware of this type that would be comparable?
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    If you already make your own storyboards "by hand", but just want something to give you a clean package that can be demo'd, Keynote actually has a storyboard deck in it. It doesn't have any tools, but is just the visual representation, suitable for printing or presentations.

    If you don't already have iWork, d/l the demo & take a look.
  3. maltinghead macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    F*k I hate that. I just wrote a loooong response and it logged me out and lost the lot. :mad:

    In a nutshell...
    Storyboard Quick is underwhelming due to buggy, poorly designed interface, overpriced, has only 5 or 6 characters (!!!), limited objects, looks pretty average, and cannot even move arms or heads to help convey the story information in the frame. I have version 6 and just upgraded to the latest build an hour ago and it made my character palettes disappear. Support is poor. No forum. Couldn't seem to find the User Manual in the Help where it was supposed to be. Have to wait for their reply to my support request.

    Other options:
    - Toon Boom Storyboard (or whatever it's called) seemed just as limited, even if it was better designed. At least Storyboard Quick allows 3D rotation of characters, even though there's only a few fixed poses. Don't think Toon Boom app allowed that.

    - Frame Forge demo looked better because you could click on an object to make the character look at it, but it seemed to be an old app and had lots more complexity. Depends on your wants. In that app, you create the frigging set and tell it your lens and get all this accurate info. I ain't Stanley Kubrick, so I'm not wasting my time getting anal about that stuff. Story/Idea is all I want to test.

    - Celtex (or however it's spelled - ix???) supposedly has a storyboard function. The app is an open source screenwriting/production app. I'm not sure if it has the libraries to use those, which is the attraction of Storyboard Quick.

    - Comic Life with a bunch of clipart and google images may be the best substitute. It has much better text capabilities that SQ IMO, but wouldn't allow 3D rotation of objects and wouldn't import script formats (not that I've managed to get that to work properly with SQ anyway, even though I'm using Movie Magic Screenwriter).

    Download demos and check them out for yourself, but the cost and clunkiness of Storyboard Quick makes me feel like a frustrated Windows user.

    For more on previsualization software, which is more about adding motion rather than stills, check out
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    if you want to get new age, then use Google SketchUp and create 3d storyboards....and it's free.

    (definitely takes some time to learn though)
  5. martin08 macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2008
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    For reasons already stated in that link I hope note. Apple needs to refine the tools they have, not add on more bells and whistle to target another niche w/in a niche.

  7. ZAK248313 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006
    I just had a look through keynote- where abouts is the deck? Couldnt find anything.
  8. TRoman macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2009
    I just got StoryBoard Quick v.6 and haven't experienced any of maltinghead's complaints. I think it's easy and helpful--exactly my style of work.
  9. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    I usually draw out rough storyboards, then do every shot in scenes with people using a still camera and 12" GI Joe guys.
  10. knello macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2004
    I usually just draw them with pen & paper, then scan them in. Then I use FCP to line them up with temp audio in a timeline.
  11. brianpgross macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    An iPhone App

    Just came across this iPhone app. It's only $20 and seems pretty easy. I don't have an iPhone, but I'm starting to wish I did:
  12. nesha.dutta macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2012
    Help help

    I am a student of LACC and i need to have a storyboard software for different project. Would someone be kind enough of sharing the Storyboard Quick registration information?:confused::confused:
  13. filmkcgal macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    StoryboardQuick v6.1 is Great!!!!

    I have StoryboardQuick v6.1 and it is great! I don't know what maltinghead is talking about either. This new version has helped me no end. I also get great support when I call, and I get someone in the US that I can understand too! StoryboardQuick is awesome:). Maltinghead is crazy.


  14. Mac Kiwi macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2003
    New Zealand
  15. filmkcgal macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    storyboard quick has pro versions too

    I just upgraded to the studio version and I plan to upgrade to the motion storyboard version of storyboardquick when I land one of my next big bids.

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