sound & Visual effects

Music

Plotagon includes a selection of royalty-free background music to enhance your scenes. Click the Music icon, and a new item will appear (“Music starts playing”). Click the word “Music”, scroll through the list of available music and choose a song. To save space, Plotagon only includes a small selection of available music when you install the app. Click “Get more music” to download all the available songs.

The music will continue to play in a loop until the end of the script. If you want to change songs, then simply repeat this process to switch to a different song. If you want the music to end at a particular point, then choose the moment in the script when you want the music to end, click the Music icon and select “Music stops”. 

 

Sound effects

Plotagon includes a selection of royalty-free sound effects, including some that match particular interactions (e.g., “High five” and “Slap”). Click the Sound effect icon, and a new item will appear in your script (“Sound effect is heard”). Click “Sound effect” to scroll through the list of available sound effects and choose the one you wish to use.

To save space, Plotagon only includes a small selection of available sound effects when you install the app. Click “Get more sound effects” to download all the available sounds.

Interactions

If characters are sitting or standing next to each other, then they can have physical interactions like handshakes and high-fives. To insert an interaction:

  • Click the Interact icon, and a new item will appear that reads “Character acts on Character”.

  • Click on the first “Character” text and choose which of the two characters in the Scene will initiate the action.

  • Click “acts on” and choose the desired action from the list.

Image showing the options for physical interactions between two characters.
Image showing two characters shaking hands thanks to the new interaction command.

If you receive the message “Target is too far away”, then move one or both of the characters to new locations [marked “(left)” and “(right)”] so the characters are close enough to interact.

Some of the Interactions, like “High five” and “Slap” offer matching Sound effects. Place the Sound effect before the Interaction for best results.

Text Plate

A Text Plate is ideal for titles or credits and will produce white text on a black background. To insert a Text Plate: 

  • Click the Text Plate icon.

  • Type the text that you want to appear onscreen.

  • Choose if you want it aligned left, right, or center. 

You can also have a character’s voice speak the text aloud. Click the text “silent” and choose a character from the list of available characters.

Tip! The Text Plate will appear onscreen for as long as it would take a digital voice to read the text aloud.