How to Make a Storyboard (Video)

There is an awesome free tool that can be downloaded and used to create quick and easy storyboards.  The program, Atomic Learning’s StoryBoard, has a Pro version, but also has a free version with some useful basic functionality.  These features include visual guidance, printable outputs, templates, saving your work, and support for video, still, music, and audio with comments for the people who will be recording the media.

StoryBoard can be found here.  The downloadable ZIP archive for Windows (PC ) is available here.

Once downloaded, you can simply extract the contents of the ZIP file to either your local hard drive or even a flash/jump drive for use on any computer.  Once extracted, double-click StoryBoard Solution.exe to launch the program.

The main introduction screen once StoryBoard is loaded


 Once launched, you are greeted with a default form in browse mode.  From here, you are able to fill in the title of the storyboard as well as any producers or individuals who will be working on creating the final product.  This screen also includes links to the different views, List, Print, Worksheet, Options, and Quit.  The most useful of these will be List View, for editing slides and print view, for printing work.

Allows you to enter different media types and create the actual storyboard


 From here, we will be going into List view, which will bring up the main editing screen.  The buttons on the top allow you to select the type of frame, video, still, audio, music, or title.  The length box allows you to indicate the intended length of the frame, in the format hh:mm:ss.  At a minimum, you should be sure to include the type, length, title, and description of each slide.  The film tips and editing tips are optional.  Since you are likely working alone, they may be useful for mental notes, but do not need to be used to relay information to others.  The boxes at the top right give you the ability to sort and re-order slides, spell-check, and the New Shot button allows you to create a new slide.

Once finished adding slides, Print View is a nicely formatted way to print hard-copies of your slides.  However, for my website, I was forced to simply take screenshots of the List View in order to capture all of the information I wanted in a simple view.  If your list is longer than one shot, feel free to paste each screenshot into the editor of your choice and simply combine them lengthwise to create a full-length image of all the slides.

There are existing DIY blog posts that may be useful if you are unsure how to take screenshots on your operating system and there are also several free utilities that can aid in this process.

Overall, this powerful, free application will enable you to quickly and easily create detailed storyboards so that you can capture the proper shots you need to create the best final-product.

~Nick Manik

~ by nkmhockey on March 21, 2011.

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