Animatics, in a word, are video storyboards. They are a way to see the final project in motion before going through the expense of actually shooting or animating it. Animatics can be as simple as an edited video of static storyboard frames, or as complex as limited-motion animation.
The term animatics has been blending into the term previz, or previsualization. However, previz has become the next stage in animatics, adding camera moves in 3D and providing camera and set information to the crew. (See more on previz in the next chapter.)
Simple animatics take the original storyboards and either digitize them or shoot them with a camera. The frames can be edited together in time to the audio, with or without panning and zooming ...