What's New in Flix 6.4

Flix 6.4 streamlines story and editorial workflows so you can focus on great storytelling. This release includes improved Storyboard Pro <> Avid round-trip with support for camera moves, an advanced transfer utility process, and updated transfer queue table.

Note:  See the navigation bar on the left for links to specific release notes by version.

Faster, More Reliable Imports with the Improved Transfer Utility

Experience increased performance with the new transfer utility process introduced in Flix 6.4. The new transport method is faster and more reliable than before, allowing you to easily transfer files to and from Flix and quickly import more panels, in larger batches. The transfer process and file import performance is up to 23% faster than the Flix 6.3 series.

Flix uses a new dedicated port for the Transfer Utility. The default port is 9091, but it can be changed using the client_transfer_port parameter in the config.yml file. See Flix Server Options for more information.

See Import Progress at a Glance in the Transfer Queue

Adding to the work done to the transfer utility, we wanted to give you feedback on what’s happening in the background at a glance. That’s why we’ve introduced a clearer, more comprehensive UI to improve transparency and accessibility. The sleek, non-intrusive interface allows both artists and production to be up-to-date with tracking the transfer process. You can also view and organize uploads and downloads more easily.

Go to See Import Progress at a Glance in the Transfer Queue for more information.

Preserve Camera Moves Between Storyboard Pro, Flix, and Avid

Discover a smoother journey from Storyboard Pro to Avid in Flix 6.4 with support for camera move keyframes transfer into .aaf files, all through Flix. During import, panels with either camera moves or layer transforms now import full-canvas PSDs and QuickTimes together, rendered directly from Storyboard Pro. For panels with camera moves, Flix continues to import the keyframes, but with the new read/write AAF system, Flix fully supports camera moves preview and editing across the whole round trip from story to editorial, and back to story.

See Flix for Story, Setting up Flix with Avid Media Composer, Exporting Your Sequence Revision from Avid Media Composer and for more information.

Preview Artwork and Movies from Panels in a Sequence

Flix 6.4 brings new flexibility into preview preferences. You can now manage the preview setting in the Panel Browser section of preferences. The new default preview settings enables you to see either the full animation or the first frame. Alternatively, if you need to quickly change these settings, you can do so on each individual panel without having to go back to preferences. The latest release also enables you to import both .psd and .mov files, allowing for different kinds of review based on the needs of the show.

See Preview Artwork and Movies from Panels in a Sequence for more information.

Save Time and Space by Importing Packaged Storyboard Pro Project Files

Introducing support for .sbpz packaged project files for Flix 6.4. You can now import .sbpz files in Flix, providing an optimized experience using less storage and reducing backup issues or loss of data.

See Flix for Story for more information.

Update Your Flix Client Automatically from the Flix Server

We’ve made improvements to Flix’s client/server software to allow for future versions of the Flix Client to be automatically upgradeable via the client on startup. Flix detects if the server is a newer version and allows you to download the new Flix Client from the server automatically. This update also ensures there isn’t a mismatch between the client and server versions.

See Installing and Launching Flix Client for more information.

Get Creative with the Latest Photoshop 2022 Features

In Flix 6.4, we’ve added support for Photoshop 2022 to reduce pipeline friction. We’re still working on optimizing this support and ensuring that Flix complies with the new way Photoshop creates plugins from Photoshop 2022 onwards (UXP plugin).

See Installing Plug-ins for Photoshop 2022 for more information.

More Flexibility with 2.2:1 Aspect Ratio Support

It’s important for users to have the flexibility to use their preferred aspect ratios for productions, that’s why we’ve added support for the 2.2:1 and 1:1 aspect ratios to Flix. You can now benefit from a wider selection choice and support content for widescreens and mobile devices.