StudioBinder vs Movie Magic Scheduling Software
StudioBinder is the best film production software in the industry, and a powerful alternative to Movie Magic Scheduling.
Read our Movie Magic Scheduling Software review below.
1. EASE OF USE
StudioBinder is easier than Movie Magic Scheduling.
Tired of having to struggle your way through clunky designs and convoluted menus? We’re not sure why simple actions require 9+ clicks in Movie Magic Scheduling (also called EP Scheduling after its acquisition by Entertainment Partners).
With StudioBinder, the experience is streamlined, modern and intuitive. No training required.
You’ll also get more A-to-Z film production project management features than Movie Magic Scheduling — contact management, stripboards, shooting schedules, breakdown sheets, personalized call sheets, task lists, file sharing, all without having to navigate a maze of convoluted designs.
Created by Entertainment Partners, Movie Magic Scheduling was the industry standard software for creating shooting schedules. Once revolutionary, its clunky interface has been replaced with modern software like StudioBinder that allows you to breakdown your script and convert it into a stripboard all within one app.
Actually saves time as you use it.
StudioBinder’s film & video project management software not only requires less training to get started. It also means you can get the job done faster and wrap earlier every day.
When software for filmmaking is poorly designed, it adds hours of wasted time to ramp up and use. Multiply that by each team member…that’s a lot of lost productivity.
“StudioBinder is an invaluable tool for our production workflow. The sleek design and smart features like call sheet tracking bring organization, efficiency and automation to our shoots, and greatly increases our productivity.”
Trevor Fernando, BuzzFeed
2. MORE COLLABORATIVE
Get more done by working as a team, all in sync.
With StudioBinder, you can easily invite team members to help you manage your projects. It doesn’t matter if they’re in-house or remote, they can get started in seconds.
Unlike desktop film production software like MM Scheduling, StudioBinder is a cloud-based solution. This means zero software installation and better collaboration.
There are no 500mb+ installation files. No Java runtime updates.
No hardware or software incompatibilities.
It just works.
And everyone stays in sync.
Share pages with collaborators.
Another benefit of cloud-based shooting schedule software: you can share specific pages with collaborators, and engage online. Share shooting schedules, script breakdown sheets, prelim call sheets, contact details and more.
A “collaborator” can be a client, executive, crew member, anyone.
Because Movie Magic Scheduling requires heavy desktop installations (which forces you to purchase a new $500 license number for every user), it’s simply not viable option to collaborate with clients or crew who need limited access.
We don’t think collaboration should be punished.
Share pages with as many collaborators as you like, your price will stay the same.
Assign Tasks. Track as progress is made.
StudioBinder bridges the divide between film scheduling software with film project management. Assign mission critical to-do tasks to collaborators or team members.
Assign team members and collaborators.
Add todo lists. Due dates. Comments. File attachments.
Stay on top of your team’s progress as progress is made.
Work better together.
3. ALL-IN-ONE FILM PRODUCTION SOFTWARE
Multiple solutions under one roof.
StudioBinder provides a full-suite film & video production project management software that seamlessly transitions from:
…to pre-production scheduling…
…to production call sheets…
…to post-production file sharing and document management.
Every step of the way, you engage with your production team to reach the same goal.
Share progress. Create task lists. Add deadlines. Provide feedback and comments.
Cut out the lengthy email and text chains to reach your goals faster.
Script Breakdown Sheets Made Smarter
Intuitive select-and-tag interface makes adding elements a breeze.
Watch: StudioBinder's Script Breakdown Software
Tightly integrated for seamless efficiency.
Movie Magic Scheduling software is focused solely on the film scheduling, and drops the ball when it comes to team collaboration, contact management and call sheets.
For example, if you want to transition from Movie Magic Scheduling call sheets, it requires exporting data and a lot of copy-pasting into a call sheet template.
We believe the export/import dance and repetitive data entry must end.
Since StudioBinder is all-one-solution cloud solution, all of our functionality seamlessly weaves together.
For example, if you want to create a call sheet with the scenes in your shooting schedule, just go to your Stripboard page and click one button. After that all the data will be automatically added to a new call sheet. No fuss.
4. MORE AFFORDABLE
Movie Magic Scheduling is way more expensive.
Movie Magic Scheduling retails for nearly $500 per license. Paying up front for expensive shooting scheduling software is a dated notion, especially if you find yourself unhappy with the solution.
StudioBinder offers a “free forever” plan so you can test drive most of its functionality.
Like what you see? It’s a few clicks to upgrade and unlock its full functionality.
Pay monthly. Upgrade or downgrade as you like.
Save more by going annual.
StudioBinder offers an annual pricing plan in case you’d like to pay once every 12 months.
Pay for the whole year and get a discounted rate!
How about another perk for going annual?
Like any company, our pricing may change as StudioBinder’s featureset evolves. When you purchase an annual plan, you’ll be locking in your current discounted rate for next 12 months.
Faster to get started.
Importing a script into Movie Magic Scheduling Software is a surprisingly slow process. It could take minutes to import a script and parse its data.
It shouldn’t. This indicates serious quality concerns under the hood.
Importing and parsing a 200 scene Final Draft script into StudioBinder literally takes 1 second.
Don’t believe us? Watch our import workflow below.
Faster to finish.
Movie Magic Scheduling is built on the FileMaker platform, which was created in the 1980’s for non-developers to build inventory apps.
StudioBinder is a custom solution built using the same technologies used by Google. As a result, pages and features load fast; near instantaneous.
Faster load times not only indicate more reliable engineering. It saves the aggravation of waiting around for things to load throughout the day. You’re paying for this wait time.
The time savings from faster performance quickly adds up to hours a week, days a month.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does StudioBinder integrate with any other products?
Yes! StudioBinder allows you to import scripts from Final Draft.
Is there a software install?
No, StudioBinder is a modern, fully cloud-based solution! This allows you to access your data from anywhere and invite team members without installing cumbersome desktop software.
How does your pricing work?
StudioBinder’s pricing is based on features and how many team members you invite. We offer monthly and (discounted) annual plans. Unless you have a Movie Magic Scheduling Software free download code, it’s hard to beat.
Do you have a mobile app?
Not at this point as heavy typing is not ideal for mobile devices. However many of our shared pages are mobile-responsive for viewing convenience. which means recipients of call sheets and certain shared pages will see a page that displays nicely on mobile devices.
Does StudioBinder have localization?
Yes! StudioBinder automatically detects user IPs and supports celsius, 24-hour clocks, and international phone numbers.
TL; DR: THE BOTTOMLINE
Why is StudioBinder the best alternative to Movie Magic Scheduling software?
The short version? StudioBinder is better for studios, video agencies and production companies looking for a more collaborative, all-in-one solution. Movie Magic Scheduling is better if you want a more siloed desktop solution.
StudioBinder is best if…
- Collaboration with your team, crew & clients is important
- Ramp up time, elegant design, and ease-of-use is a priority
- You’re looking for “A-to-Z” film production project management software
Movie Magic Scheduling Software may be a better choice when…
- You just want to install software on a desktop to be seen by 1 user
- Offline usage is more important than a collaborative cloud solution
- Change is scary.
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