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PowerProduction Releases StoryBoard Artist 4 for Mac OS X

Visualization storyboard software for turning ideas into creative blueprints (October 14, 2004)

PowerProduction Software is shipping the new Mac OS X version of StoryBoard Artist version 4, the professional imaging software for turning ideas into creative blueprints and storyboards for film, video, animation, commercials, games, DVD and ITV development projects.

StoryBoard Artist version 4s easy to learn new features further assist directors, filmmakers and other media visionaries explore, plan and prototype their own ideas for media production.

Pre-production ideas can be presented using a combination of imaging techniques. Draw, import photos and/or composite artwork and photos with hundreds of pre-drawn characters/props/locations which are included with StoryBoard Artist 4. Draw tools, alpha channel support and color transparency enable digital photos and digital artwork to be layered into storyboard frame along with the pre-rendered characters and props. Library palettes of new pre-drawn images are incorporated to make 2D and pre-rendered 3D artwork available quickly.

With the new Pan and Zoom feature, users can enliven their boards by adding intraframe pans, tilts and zooms. The Pan and Zoom feature mimics the camera-stand setup to bring still pictures to life. Motion graphics can enhance storyboards by presenting ideas in animatic style with interframe timing and transitions, sound effects and music in the visually intuitive Timeline.

For Live Action Filmmakers, the Script Import (from screenplay software and word processing applications) gives a quick start to storyboarding scripted projects and can integrate script breakdown information. Each frame has multiple caption/data windows as part of the new database feature in StoryBoard Artist version 4.

For Animation projects, the batch image import and the Adobe Photoshop layer import features streamline image processing and handling.

For Branching Interactive projects such as DVD and games, the linking feature allows multiple path media projects to be prototyped and tested by jumping between frames and exporting the non-linear concept to QuickTime and HL.

Printing storyboards with captions and scheduling data is easy when using StoryBoard Artists elegant layout interface where the users can choose to add stylized borders to customize output. Yet the beauty of digital storyboarding is that the same frames can also be played as an animatic show, and even exported to standard graphics files and movies ready for import into digital editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and other NLEs.

About PowerProduction Software
PowerProduction develops markets and sells film and video production software. PowerProductions software is sold worldwide through a distribution network of resellers, value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. PowerProduction is also the creator of StoryBoard Artist Studio, StoryBoard Quick, CostumePro and AutoActuals.

More information on these other products can be found on PowerProductions website at


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