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Old November 1st, 2002, 12:36 PM   #1
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Storyboard & Script software

I have nice but separate storyboard and script-writing software. What I'd like to find is a package that merges these two facets of pre-production into one easy to use package.

I am making an instructional video where I am using pictures and text supplied by the manufacturer of the product to create a storyboard for review. But I need a two-column layout where the picture and the accompanying text are shown side-by-side.

Any ideas?

I can always devolve to using tables in Word, I suppose.
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Old November 1st, 2002, 03:59 PM   #2
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Are you Mac or PC Mike?

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Old November 1st, 2002, 04:10 PM   #3
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Sorry,

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Old November 1st, 2002, 04:15 PM   #4
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I have associates using some of these products http://www.powerproduction.com/ I wasn't sure they supported Windows, but a quick check of their site and I see they do.

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Old November 1st, 2002, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thanks.

I looked at them and they may be what I need.
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Old November 1st, 2002, 09:06 PM   #6
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Mike,

I searched for storyboarding software recently and what Jeff found is the best I found, too.

I've heard of one program that allows you to do a complete "photo" storyboard with a digital camera, that imports them into templates in order and then allows you to type into spaces next to the photos. Didn't track it down, though.

Anyone know about it?

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//I just looked at the software above again, and it DOES allow you to import photos and use them as the background. Sounds better than I originally thought.
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Old November 2nd, 2002, 08:14 PM   #7
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What I especially like about it is that it will import a script, separating scenes out according to some formatting rules and leaving a frame for a graphic at each clip.
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Old November 2nd, 2002, 08:22 PM   #8
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Yah, it's like zero learning curve. Everything is straight forward and right where you would expect it to be. I used an old trial version and was very impressed. But I'm not a writer, so the price was too much for my limited use. I do have several associates who primarily write and script and they love it. For the limited writing I do I use Final Draft or MS Word. it just depends on the formatting.

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Know of a good place to purchase this software? Directly from the company is full-price. I've found it for $204 but only for the Mac platform.
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Old November 2nd, 2002, 09:32 PM   #10
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Sorry, I only know the Mac stuff. Aren't there any discount PC dealers?

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Old November 3rd, 2002, 08:22 PM   #11
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Lot of them. Just not many carry this type of software.

I've got a message into one of them requesting academic prices since I work at a community college and am also a student.
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Old November 4th, 2002, 12:36 PM   #12
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I've been fiddling a bit with FinalDraft, seems to work pretty
well. You can get a demo at http://www.finaldraft.com/
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Rob,

I second that. I've had Final Draft since their very first release...and I love it. They have another version, the "AV" version that allows two-column structure. Didn't mention it earlier since Mike wants to import pictures also.

*Isn't it cool assigning voices to the different characters and letting the computer read it back to you?
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Old November 4th, 2002, 06:37 PM   #14
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If anyone is keen on something pretty crazy, there is Dramatica Pro from http://www.dramatica.com. They have several products one of them being a comprehensive story creation program that explains theory and helps you actually develop your story. I've played around with a demo ver a while ago and it was too intense for my use but others might like it.
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Old November 5th, 2002, 10:02 AM   #15
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I actually missed that picture request. My bad. They do have a
new version out of most of their products. I haven't checked
them out yet, so I do not know if they support two column stuff
with pictures.... But if you want to know you can quickly download
a demo from FinalDraft and FinalDraft AV from their site.

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