With Blender 2.8’s Grease Pencil animation system, I’ve been looking into using Blender as the tool for animatics at my studio, but I’m sadly coming to the conclusion that it won’t be able to do what I want.
Basically, I want to be able to generate new “scenes” (2D/3D) very quickly while being able to easily edit any scene along a timeline on the fly, all within the same file. Think Storyboard Pro (or even After Effects, Premiere Pro, or other NLE), but with Blender’s tools and viewport, which would be a dream.
The closest workflow I’ve been able to come up with was using VSE to lay out scene files as I create them. But it’s quite cumbersome as VSE isn’t independent of a given scene.
(All the more, I’m finding I can’t use 2.8 because of horrible lag when playing back a scene in VSE, so it looks like if I want to use Blender, I’ll have to use 2.79.)
So… for any Blender masters (or anybody willing to take a jab at this), some questions for discussion:
- Are there features in Blender I’m overlooking to achieve, or somewhat resemble, the workflow I’m looking for?
- If not, perhaps there are useful storyboard/animatic add-ons for Blender that could help? I’ve looked but frankly, and surprisingly, haven’t really found anything.
- Or perhaps there’s a better/alternative workflow I’m overlooking?
- And specifically, Is there a way to have VSE be independent of other scenes?