Video Studio supports square (1:1), horizontal (16:9) and vertical (9:16) format for video.
A storyboard can have one of these formats ”at the time.” All general templates are interchangeable between the different formats and hold the same information, so you could start in one format and switch to another while working. So if you want to have one movie in square format and one in horizontal you could generate the first and then switch format and generate it for the other format when the first one completes. Doing this would enable you to keep all your changes in sync between the formats – even if you go back and edit your storyboard and generate new movies.
If you instead want multiple storyboards on the same job, go on to the next short chapter about "Duplicating and working with multiple storyboards.”
When opening Video Studio from the edit tab in Story Engine you will have access to all storyboards for that job and a button that lets you create a new. When opening at job’s Video Studio for the first time you will have to create your first storyboard by clicking ”Add Storyboard”
Creating a new storyboard
When creating a new storyboard (by clicking "Add storyboard") you are faced with a few choices.
- Name: This is where you input the name you want for your storyboard.
- Format: Choose if you want to make this a square, landscape or portrait format movie. This can be changed at any time.
- Theme: If you have multiple themes for your client you can start your storyboard with a specific one. This can be changed at any time from inside the storyboard.
- Template: You can choose from a few preset templates for storytelling situations. These templates are documented at this link, but most of the time you'll choose "Blank" as a starting point for your work.
Duplicating and working with multiple storyboards
One useful feature with Video Studio is to be able to have multiple storyboards on the same job. Since all assets are uploaded to the job and not the storyboard in Video Studio, this means that separate storyboards can share assets even if they have different scripts.
To duplicate a storyboard, you click the job name in the very top bar (see image). From the listings view of storyboards, you can access options for a storyboard by clicking the (…) icon. The options are Rename, Duplicate and Delete.
- Rename gives you the option of giving your storyboard a new – and perhaps more descriptive – name.
- Duplicate gives you an exact copy of the storyboard and prompts you to give it a new name. Doing this allows you to create versions of the same basic script, for translation or platform editing for example.
- Delete removes the storyboard.
To exit the storyboard listings view, click the storyboard you want to keep working on.
When duplicating, all settings are carried over – so you end up with an exact copy, ready for changing the format or something else.
When working with multiple storyboards on a job, they can render simultaneously – thereby saving you time when needing to output multiple formats.