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Celtx Shots: A Quick Review

November 14, 2011

Celtx ShotsJust had a chance to play around this afternoon with Celtx Shots, the new iPhone/iPad app that allows you to storyboard (and by extension outline) and block sets for your time-based media project on your mobile device.

Celtx Shots fully exploits the iPad form factor, and its combination of features makes for a powerful tool.

Here’s just one sample application:

  1. On paper, sketch your key images (stickman-type drawings are just fine!).
  2. Directly import the images into a new project file using the iPad camera app.
  3. Caption the storyboard images.
  4. Play back the images as an animatic using the built-in player.
  5. Voila! You’ve got a storyboard you can export and email. You can also sync this with your desktop and laptop systems, or with Celtx Studios.

L.A. based filmmaker Sam Yano has written up an extensive and fascinating blog article describing how Celtx Shots can be integrated into the workflow of a feature film.

For current users of Celtx, the Celtx Shots mobile app will seem very intuitive, and nearly all of its features are available in the desktop version (see chapters 8, 9, 10 and 16 of Mastering Celtx for a full discussion). But Celtx Shots includes 81 built-in clipart images for the Sketch editor, and its ability to import and export projects through iTunes is certainly useful.

Celtx Shots is currently $4.99 in the iTunes app store. Will an Android app be available in the future? I’m guessing yes, eventually. But in the meantime, if you’re using an iPhone and/or iPad and already using Celtx, this is a no-brainer: for less than the price of a latte and biscotti, you’ve got a shiny new tool in your tool belt.

If you’ve never used Celtx before, but love your iPad and are a visual thinker, then this might be a great introduction to Celtx. Used in conjunction with Celtx Script, you’ve got a fully mobile preproduction suite of authoring tools.

Congrats to the Celtx team, and it’ll be exciting to see how Celtx Shots is used in the Celtx user community in the months ahead.

  1. Thanks for the mention! I get a lot of milage out of the CELTX line of products across all platforms and CELTX Shots on the iPad is quite an awesome addition.



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