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Architecture, design, and media professionals all over the world are using Google SketchUp to create detailed 3D models efficiently and quickly. In Google SketchUp 6 Essential Training, design expert George Maestri teaches the foundations of SketchUp's drawing, design, and rendering tools. He covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and the Sandbox extension, which is used to create realistic organic shapes and terrain. George also discusses how to model and texture objects from existing photographs and export models to Google Earth to visualize how buildings fit in a real landscape. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now we are going to discuss animation within SketchUp. Animation is pretty basic. All you can do is animate your views and your styles, that sort of thing. It's not a full-fledged animation package, it's more of an architectural, kind of fly through functionality. It's very similar to the one we have the last one but I haven't applied any styles to this. It's a file with three scenes, each with a different view. So if I want, I can simply click on these scenes and you can see a little bit of animation right here, where it actually is animating between these views.
Now if I want to actually animate this, all I have to do is just right click here and go Play Animation and what it does, is it steps through each of the scenes in order and that's my animation. I can hit Stop here.
Now if I wanted to change the order of this, I can for example, take Scene 3, move it to the left and now, I am going to animate from here to here, to here. So let's try that. So I am going to right click here, Play Animation and what it will do is it will automatically go from one to the other in order. So this order means a lot.
Now there are additional tools for animation. You can certainly go Page Up, Page Down, which gives us previous and next scenes. So for example, from on the keyboard, I just go Page Up, Page Down and that's kind of an interactive animation. So I am just hitting the Page Up and Page Down keys to go between these. So that's kind of more of a triggered animation. We also have Animation Settings and that's for the automatic animation that we are doing. So like how long does it take to transition. So for example, if we wanted to slower transition and what's the Scene Delay. So when it actually gets to one of these views, how long does it stick.
So if we have for example, a longer scene transition, let's take a look at this. I am just going to change that to four seconds and then just go Play Animation. So it goes one second on this and then it's going to take four seconds, one, two, three, four to get here, one second here and then four seconds to get to the top view. So those are the settings that you can have to change between these animated views. We can also change styles. So for example, if I wanted this to be a different style, all I have to do is just go into my Window, change my Style. Let's say I wanted this to be Straight Lines, I can do that, change my style, then right click over this and just go Update and then it will go ahead and change my styles for me.
So, all I have to do now is Play Animation, takes a little while to get started here and once it starts, it will then go to each individual type of style, simple as that. So now that we have got this animating, how do we save it out? It's very simple, we just go File > Export > Animation and again, I am just going to save this to my Desktop. We can save to an AVI or a JPEG or Image Sequences. So either an AVI or QuickTime file or image sequences. I am just going to save this out to an AVI and let's just go to Street_Scenes and just go Export.
Okay, now that we have exported that file, let's go out to our Desktop and you will see it here. It's called Street_ Scenes. Double-click on that and there it is.
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