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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 6, 2013

Moonbot's StoryTime audio storyboard app is just like everything emanating from the Moonbase: Cool, quirky, and outside the box. Like the traditional storyboard, StoryTime is designed to help you get your ideas down quickly, try out a lot of different concepts, and rough out scenes and sequences. It's not intended for creating polished final products but rather to give interactive story builders, animators, movie designers, and others a quick-and-easy tool for assembling storyboards, timing scenes and audio, and saving the results as a video or as an XML file that can be used with pro editing tools. StoryTime is free, but it only runs in 64-bit Windows systems (Mac, too).

StoryTime's user interface resembles similar tools since the layout is simple but logical and very easy to manage, with drag-and-drop and batch file capability. While the program's File and Edit menus reflect StoryTime's keep-it-easy philosophy, our options weren't limited when it came to audio sources. Clicking Audio Input on the File menu showed no less than 15 different sources, though the fanciest piece of gear in our modest PC was a 10-year-old external sound card. We could also configure Framerate and OS Mapping. It's best to use images of the same size and properties when creating a movie in StoryTime, and all images must have even-number resolutions to avoid errors when exporting files. We started by dragging some images into the interface to see what would happen. StoryTime displays image and audio timing data in timelines beneath the storyboard panel. StoryTime saved our finished movie as an XML file we could export. Pro users will appreciate the Export to Editing command.

While StoryTime is designed to be quick and easy to use, it requires some experience with video editing and related processes to get the most out of it. It's also a work in progress that could use a Help file, but this simple yet clever tool is still impressive.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1

General

Release April 21, 2013
Date Added April 22, 2013
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,733
Downloads Last Week 4
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Developer's Description

StoryTime works just like giving a verbal presentation: you step through story boards and deliver an audio pitch in real-time. StoryTime software records your delivery as timing data and audio recordings. You can then export the pitch as a video, or to an XML format for use with Premiere or Final Cut Pro, where you can refine timing or tweak the edit. StoryTime is not designed to replace traditional editing software, but rather to bring together key elements that will help you get ideas out fast and allow you to iterate on them quickly.