June 27, 2015

ShotPro, the Powerful & Affordable Pre-Visualization App, Is Now Available for OSX

ShotPro Pre-Visualization App OSX
ShotPro made quite a splash when it was released for iOS earlier this year. Now the powerful pre-vis software is back, this time with a fully-featured desktop app.

In the comments of our original article about ShotPro, the most oft-requested feature was a desktop app, and as of yesterday, the development team has delivered. ShotPro is now available on the OSX App Store for $30, the same price as the iOS app. 

Now a quick refresher about what ShotPro is, and more importantly, how it can help you make better films. It all comes down to pre-visualization, or planning out how your film is going to look before you ever set foot on set. Storyboarding is one form of this, but modern software has enabled us to create detailed pre-vis animations, which are often more comprehensive and useful than traditional storyboards. The only problem is that many software solutions for pre-vis are expensive, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. ShotPro, on the other hand, comes it at a reasonable $30, which makes it great for low-budget and indie filmmakers who still want to create detailed pre-visualizations for their films.

Here are the primary features of ShotPro:

ShotPro Pre-Vis App
  • Blocking: A scene takes only a few seconds to block!  Building a virtual set has never been easier with intuitive multitouch controls. These controls allow for quick placement and detailed changes to cameras, props, lights and characters. Precisely block with the feet/meter grid system. 
  • Lighting: Bring your set to life with dynamic lighting and shadows. Control ambient and production lighting variables such as color, brightness, position and even manipulate the sun. 
  • Cameras: Control the camera by adjusting elevation, rotation, zoom, position and depth of field.  Add multiple cameras for each scene. Customize the camera’s lens from 20mm-350mm.
  • Characters: Casual, formal, medical, personal, police, prisoner, military, elderly, children and more! Characters can be customized with specific movements, facial expressions and loads of full body motions like walk, run, swim, etc. 
  • Props: Ranging from plants, water, furniture, streets, vehicles, buildings, FX and many more. All positionable and keyframable. 
  • Keyframing: Add movement to props, characters and cameras. Adjust your view to create dynamic 3D or 2D simulations to use as a blueprint on set. From simple to advanced point to point movements your scene will come alive in seconds. 
  • Realtime Performance in 3D: All scene manipulation occurs in realtime. This includes camera feedback, project playback and scrubbing.
  • Exporting: Once all your scenes have been completed you can export them out in 60, 30 or 24fps in 1080, 720, 480 or 240 as a .mov file to email to clients, crew, cast or friends. 
  • Share: Projects can be shared with others or saved for your own back up. 

Our friend Matt Workman, a cinematographer and pre-vis artist in NYC, has an in-depth review of ShotPro that shows how easy it is to create scenes from scratch. Of course, this is the iPad version of the software, so the way you'd interact with UI in the desktop version is probably a little different.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lOU57fbtKo

If you're interested in learning more about ShotPro, head over to their website, where they've got all sorts of tutorials. If you want to purchase ShotPro, you can find it in both the iOS and OSX app stores. Also, in the comments of the Facebook post where the desktop version was announced, the developers mentioned that an Android version of ShotPro is on the way. Lastly, from what I can tell, you have to purchase the desktop version separately, even if you've already purchased it for iOS. I could be wrong about that, so if you already have the iPad version, I would double check with the developers before dropping more cash on the desktop software.

Have you guys had a chance to use ShotPro for either iOS or OSX yet? If so, what were your impressions, and what features would you like to see in future updates? Let us know down in the comments!     

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I have to buy it again if I want it on my laptop? That's lame.

June 27, 2015 at 12:36PM

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Brooks Reynolds
Director/DOP
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Thanks for saving me the research.

June 28, 2015 at 11:08AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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So they should develop the desktop version for you for free? Or is $60 too much for something that could be a lot of use to you and your clients?

June 28, 2015 at 9:25PM

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Actually I take that back. I bought the desktop version yesterday and its garbage. Theres no undo feature!! Its half baked and not up to desktop standard.

Its features were passable on the iPad, but this desktop version is identical and doesn't cut it on the desktop. Really was looking forward to using it :(

June 30, 2015 at 4:25AM

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The iPad version seems great but this Mac version is useless. Having no undo feature is bad but, even worse, you can't even move or rotate your view of the scene. That would require dragging with two fingers which is impossible using a computer.

This is impossible to use and seems pretty far from completion. I'll keep tabs on this to watch it's progress but I'm not going to use it again until more work is done.

June 30, 2015 at 2:15PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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So sorry! I was wrong about the viewer navigation! There is a command key

July 1, 2015 at 11:03AM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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Frame Forge $399 -$899
iClone $299 and up
Blender, Maya and other 3D software free to Thousands.
All of the above have a large learning curve, require courses or very long time to learn and some are not really designed for previz.

ShotPro is $30 and many have created previz projects within the first hour or two of use. How valuable is your time?

July 3, 2015 at 2:59AM

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Andy Mileusnic
ShotPro Developer
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Sweet. I'm gonna give this a try.

June 27, 2015 at 6:10PM

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Can someone who's used it answer these questions: Is it flexible enough for boarding a more creative narrative film? Can you customise the colours of the characters hair and wardrobe? Customise the colours of walls and props? Depth of field? Cheers

June 28, 2015 at 11:03PM

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Stu Mannion
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I purchased it and I'm shocked. You can't even move or rotate your view of the scene. I don't know what's going on. I understand having bugs and hiccups but this is no where near done.

For $30, I'm not terribly upset but I'm still going to seek a refund and maybe purchase the app again if they finish it out later.

June 30, 2015 at 1:58PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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There is a key combination like ALT and right or middle mouse etc.

July 1, 2015 at 4:53AM

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So sorry, I just checked and you're right. Thanks

July 1, 2015 at 11:06AM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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Yes. Hold the left option key and left mouse button. Then move the mouse. We were so used to it we forgot to explain it to everyone else.

July 3, 2015 at 2:42AM

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Andy Mileusnic
ShotPro Developer
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Not sure if they know that alot of editors are using windows now. Unless the folks are still fixed to Final Cut 7 or X. Seriously, Apple abandoned the professionals!!!!

June 29, 2015 at 12:05AM

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Windows version is coming.

July 3, 2015 at 2:37AM

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Andy Mileusnic
ShotPro Developer
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Blender can do all this and it's opensource and FREE :)
http://www.blender.org

June 30, 2015 at 5:36PM

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Big thanks to "No Film School" Robert Hardy, and thanks to everyone for the interest in ShotPro. In the Mac release there is an omission on our part in that we did not explain how to rotate or change perspective in the stage view. This is accomplished by pressing the left option button, pressing the left mouse button and moving the mouse. Everything else in the app is virtually identical to the iOS version. If there are any other questions regarding the use please let us know.

July 3, 2015 at 2:17AM, Edited July 3, 2:43AM

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Andy Mileusnic
ShotPro Developer
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Hi Andy,

How do adjust the shot duration on the mac version? Stuck on 10 seconds no matter what I do. It's very frustrating as I like all the other features.

July 6, 2015 at 5:11PM

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In stage view tap the global settings icon, the one that looks like half of a globe, and at the bottom left you will see text saying "Set Duration". Slide you finger over it and the duration for that scene will change.

July 10, 2015 at 4:56PM

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Andy Mileusnic
ShotPro Developer
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This should've been a computer application in the first place. The price is reasonable, but I'm concerned about the negative feedback here.

July 13, 2015 at 5:51AM

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David Gurney
DP
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DO NOT purchase on your mac if you intend to use this on the iPad. I accidently did this without researching further.. And sure enough, I had to purchase a second license for my iPad. Sure wish I would have known. I have already contacted the developers and apple support. Hopefully I can be refunded at some point.

July 25, 2015 at 11:26PM

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Walter Nienhuis
Freelance Videographer
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Version 2.0 in OS X 10.10.5 is really buggy. Grey pixelation all over the place in stage view. They also report a bug on their website with not being able to open project files from the initial landing page and suggest loading the project from the Disc but this is unworkable. Waiting to hear back on solution but just thought I would give anyone else a heads up that was looking. It's now $40 bucks and buggy, which is too bad because it seems like a great concept otherwise :/

January 13, 2016 at 1:00PM

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Stephan Kielas
Film Student
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