Core Version Features — Common to all FrameForge Previz Studio 3 Versions
Since the Pro and Stereographic versions are built upon the Core version and simply add to it (hence its name!), everything discussed here applies equally to all three versions. What is the difference between the 3 versions?
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FrameForge Previz Studio comes with well over one thousand World-Ready™ objects from a simple drag'n'drop library including everything you need to build exteriors, homes, offices, whatever. Searchable by name and organized in over 100 different categories, including 76 fully posable actors in four ethnicities. These actors range from babies, children, teenagers to adults, and these adults can be aged from 20 to 60 years old.
Save time, money and nerves by exploring each shot before you start shooting. Previsualize your project with FrameForge Previz Studio 3 and your printed or exported storyboards will not only be optically-accurate, but they'll give your cast and crew a true representation of your directoral intentions, including the technical information required to create that shot on location.
Join the previz revolution and ranks of professional filmmakers who have discovered the Power of Previz.
Get The Shots You Need
Need to start a crane shot from twenty feet up, then crane down around a school bus dropping off kids, and end with a push in tight on a doorway? With FrameForge Previz Studio, you can literally shoot all that just as if you were on location. You can even add in location/equipment limitations too. If you know that the room you'll be shooting in has an 8' ceiling, or you only have access to a 35-200mm zoom lens, you can enter those limitations for that set and FrameForge Previz Studio won't let you plan anything you can't actually do.
Present Your Vision
With FrameForge Previz Studio, the storyboard output is only a fraction of the value of the program. Of course, you can print your storyboards in grayscale or full color in any of fifteen rendering styles (normal, normal with outlines, cartoon, pencil sketch, pen & ink and 10 other fully customizable User Rendering Styles). But you can also view your shots as a slide show within the shot manager where you can tailor the duration of each shot down to a fraction of a second. You can export this slide show as a Macromedia® Flash or QuickTime® video viewable in any web browser or CD. Or perhaps you'll want to post the storyboard on the web or an intranet for your production staff as a collection of automatically generated HTML pages with full shot and textual information. Or finally, you can even export just the graphics to bring into Final Cut® Pro, KeynoteTM or PowerPoint® for presentation.
Working in 3D has never been easier!
Precise placement of props, actors, and cameras can all be done in an overhead Blueprint View, or switch instantly to any camera's view and move any object or actor around as easily as if you were moving a piece along a chessboard. Additional functions such as tilt, elevate and spin are accessed via easy-to-use multi-throttle controls.
Online Script Supervision
FrameForge Previz Studio imports your formatted script from all major script formatting software and word processors. Once imported, FrameForge Previz Studio can automatically generate blank sets for every unique location, and you can associate your stored shots with text in the script on a line-by-line basis, allowing you to visually see your shot coverage like never before.
Drag'n'Drop Set Building
Quickly and easily create sets that give real world information with stretchable snap-together walls. Add movable, hinged single and double doors that open to any angle, and movable, completely sizable windows. You can give the walls a specific length and height, or build it freehand then read back their measurements for live set construction. And when you're shooting, you can make individual walls invisible for a specific camera in order to get a shot you couldn't otherwise without compromising the integrity of your set (this simulates pulling out a flat on a soundstage). Built sets can be reused in other projects, and shared among other FrameForge Previz Studio users.
More Than Interiors
With a number of supplied location "floors" (streets, grass, city intersections and so on), numerous prop & picture cars, buildings, trees and even topology objects, you can create the exteriors you need in very short order. Or perhaps you'll want to drop in one of the supplied panoramas for a 360 degree backdrop... or even go shoot a 360 panorama of your real location and bring THAT in as your set's backdrop.
Ultimate Shot Management
The Shot Manager allows you to view, rearrange, delete and edit any of your stored shots. Decide you want to tighten up a close-up, or give someone more headroom? Just double-click that shot and you'll be taken back to that set, exactly as it was when you first snapped it-including all actors, props and camera positioning. Make any changes you want and snap it again to replace the old version. You can add movement arrows and camera framing boxes-which designate zoom or pans within a shot-to your shot, then stretch, scale, flip, and tilt these arrows/boxes to create just the look you want.
Unprecedented Shot Information
Because you are previsualizing your project in a virtual set using cameras that are set to the exact video/HD/film frame size and aspect ratio you'll be shooting with , each shot is stored along with the camera's exact height, focal length and angle of view at the time the shot was snapped. In addition to the view and settings of a particular camera, the program also stores a bird's-eye blueprint view of the set, which gives you set layout, proportions, and camera position for that shot. All this information - including the blueprint view can be exported or printed out along with your storyboards, making your storyboards an even more dynamic tool in planning out set design, equipment needs, and best order of shooting.
Simple, Intuitive Interface
FrameForge Previz Studio's two major control areas will make you feel right at home. The Control Room is where you build your sets, place your cameras, and record shots for your storyboard. Then go to the Shot Manager to view and rearrange your stored shots, add movement arrows, shot framing boxes and additional descriptive text, and then even play sequences as slide shows with full control over individual shot duration.
Real World Object Interactions
Pre-established relationships between objects make it even easier. Drag an actor into a chair or onto a motorcycle and he'll automatically sit appropriately. Or drag a gun over to his ex-girlfriend and she'll grab it in her hand. Don't like that exact pose? No problem; adjust any of the actor's joints as desired, either with pre-posed full and partial poses (only affects some joints, such as an arm or head), or choose direct joint control with resolution down to individual fingertips to communicate your emotional and visual intent like never before. If you build a new pose/relationship we haven't thought of, you can save it, reuse it, share it with other FrameForge Previz Studio users, and even optionally designate it to be automatically applied when those specific objects collide in the future.
Casting Calls Made Easy
FrameForge Previz Studio 3 supplies thirty-two adult actors, thirty-two teenage actors, 8 child actors and 4 babies. They all come in four ethnicities, and the aldults can be further aged from 20 to 60 years old and they all can be dressed up or down from fully nude (except academic version of FrameForge) to a full suit or evening gown. Want more control? Adjust facial modifiers to give them a more roman nose, gaunter cheeks or other facial and body shape modifiers and choose among different hair styles and clothing to get just the look you want to make them unique. Save them as a new Character and you can simply drag'n'drop that new character into any scene. And while our actors come with many preset poses, you always have complete pose control of head, body, limb, and hand positioning to communicate your emotional and visual intent. Build and store a whole library of poses you create and share with other users.
World Ready™ Objects
FrameForge Previz Studio comes with well over one thousand posable, natural World ReadyTM objects common to the home, office and outside world. Everything from school buses, bicycles, computers, guns and knives all the way down to the kitchen sink. They work like their real world counterparts too: Executive Chairs swivel & tilt, tensor lamps lift and bend, desk drawers open and trees even lose their leaves. And as you would expect, most of them can have patterns and colors changed so you can have that neon pink couch in front of the poster of Elvis... or a red convertible instead of a yellow one.
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