Storyboard VR

Download a free tool to prototype VR ideas

 

  Technology

Storyboard VR helps creators imagine and visualize VR experiences, in VR.

We believe that VR as a medium will transform the way we communicate, create and experience content. As we dove into VR projects, however, we found that experimenting with this new form of storytelling and engagement posed a brand new set of challenges. Rapid iteration and refinement, a cornerstone of any human-centered design process, was even more essential in VR. Yet we found no tools to help us envision and plan VR experiences without first investing time and resources into development.

That is why we created Storyboard VR, a prototyping and visualization tool that helps content creators, artists and designers use their existing skills to imagine and visualize VR experiences, in VR.

“[T]he most compelling possibility of Storyboard VR isn’t Storyboard VR itself, but that many content creators like Artefact may be actively building such tools for their own use. And whether or not these studios even release that software, it means the experiences we all have in VR, as consumers, will be getting better, fast.”

For designers, by designers

Storyboard VR is the result of the wizardry of our UX director Paul Hoover and prototyping developer Sam Baker. It is also an example of Artefact’s commitment to eliminating obstacles to creativity and making the impossible real.

“That’s where Storyboard VR is useful. The tool is essentially a virtual reality sketchbook. Designers can test initial concepts before investing in higher-level development.”

The fine print

Storyboard VR is free and open to use as you wish, but the flip side is that it is an unsupported alpha application. As with any alpha release, bugs and issues are to be expected.

If you experience any issues, feel free to let us know. However, although we use Storyboard VR in our daily work at Artefact, we have no immediate plans to continue to update and develop the software. As the saying goes, don’t look gift software in the code.

So, dive in! Give your ideas shape and form with Storyboard VR. It will help you work faster and collaborate more easily. Tag your creations on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SBVR to share what you make.

FYI: Storyboard VR is only supported on HTC Vive and requires Windows to run (PC only.) For full requirements, check the Storyboard VR User Manual.


Resources

To get started using Storyboard VR, checkout the Storyboard VR User Manual for information on downloading, installing, and creating projects with Storyboard VR.

If you need additional guidance or want to see Storyboard VR in action, watch our video series below that shows how to create and manage Storyboard VR projects.

Happy prototyping!

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