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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
Sketch up can also play and export animation. Now it does this using the scenes function. Now, we've used this before by creating, different views into our scene here. So I can actually click between these tabs to get from, say, a perspective view to a top view to a close up view of my scene. Now if I want I can create new ones. I can go into Window > Scenes, and we worked with this before, and we can actually go from one scene to another.
Now notice how all of these have this little check box here and this says include in animation. That's because we actually have an animation function in sketch up, and it's really very simple. It's just a way to go from scene to scene. So, if I go into view, animation, we have an option here to play the animation. And what it does is it jumps to scene one, and then holds it for a while. Goes to scene two, then goes to scene three. And basically all it does is it steps through each of the scenes.
Now, if we want, we can rearrange these scenes by moving them left or right. We can also add or update our own scenes, as we've done before. And we can also control this animation. We can go Animation > Settings, and then we can play with our scene transitions. We can have a longer transition, let's say we wanted a four second transition. And let's say we wanted to maintain our one second delay. So now the transitions between scenes will be slower. So if I hit play it'll go four seconds, one, two, three, four.
And then a hold. And then does one, two, three, four. Hold. Then again. And it'll repeat. So these are ways to control the speed of your animation. This could be really great for a walk through. One of the things you might be able to do is create a standard, you know, couple of views of this scene as you're walking down the street or something like that. But regardless of how you create your animation, you can also export it. So we can go > Export > Animation, and we can export it either as a video or as an image sequence.
If we export it as a video, It comes out either as an mp4 or an avi, or if you're on a Mac it has Quicktime as well. And each one of these will have options for how much resolution you want and so on. So those are some of the basics of how to do animation in Sketch Up. It really is a very simple function, but you can put it to good use.
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