by Caleb Goellner

How to Create Quick Animatics in MotionArtist with a Wacom tablet

Storyboarding with static images is one of the earliest steps taken to produce an animated feature or live action film, but increasingly animatics -- a kind of animated version of a storyboard -- play an important role in conveying visual information in real time.

Mike Clifton of Smith Micro Software shows how his company's MotionArtist software helps creatives achieve their animatic goals quickly using static assets (such as those from a storyboard) created in advance.

Starting with a blank scene, Clifton demonstrates how he can import backgrounds and moving elements, set a scene's duration, and record object manipulation live. Using the Cintiq 22HD Touch, he's able to drag a helicopter through a snowy landscape while simultaneously pinching and expanding the vehicle to simulate distance. It's a bit like watching a puppeteer at work.

Watch the video below to see how to create a basic animatic in MotionArtist: 

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