URBDP 573 Digital Design Practicum
Tutorial 5.4 - SketchUp / Animation
But, first, let's learn how to control the camera.
There are a few different ways to do it.
You click on any place in your model to place the camera, as soon as you click, the view changes and zooms in to the area near to the camera location. But you can see that you are still facing the same direction as before. If you want to be able to specify a particular viewing direction while placing your camera, then when you click the camera to locate it, you click and hold the mouse key, then drag it to create an inference line, which indicates the viewing direction, then you release the mouse.
SketchUp uses a different term, Scenes, to specify different camera views. Scenes are just the equivalent of saving views.
To create a scene, go to Window > Scenes, this opens the Scenes dialog, in which you can create and modify scenes. Click Add to create a new scene. You can also rename the scene, just typing in a new name in the Scenes dialog and hit the enter key. The scene is then listed as a tab at the top left directly above the modeling window,
Now you can change to a different view angle, then right-click on the first scene tab (Scene 1), then in the menu select Add to add another scene, if you want to rename it, go to Scene Manager (the Scenes dialog).
When you create a new scene, you can actually not only change the view (camera angle or position), but also the way the model is displayed, including:
Now, assuming you have already created multiple scenes, now when you click on any of the scene tabs, SketchUp will smoothly change the view from the previous scene to the selected scene, just like a short animation clip.
After you are done creating all the scenes you need, you can just right-click on any scene tab and select Play Animation, or go to View > Animation > Play. Either way will open the Animation dialog, in which you will find a Play/Pause button and a Stop button. You will see that each scene will appear on the screen in order starting from the active scene.
When you are done creating scenes and an animation for your model, you can now export the animation. This allows you to share your animation with those who do not have SketchUp.
To create an animation file, go to File > Export > Animation. Select File type from the drop-down menu. .avi is the file format that you are going to select, which can be played by most of the movie players, like Windows Media Player.
To specify output parameters, click Options in the Export Animation dialog. This will open the Animation Export Options dialog.
Some parameters you can adjust are listed below:
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Last modified: 4/29/2009 12:32 PM