By adding a camera and using SketchUp’s first-person navigation tools you can create scenes and then export an animation interpolating between them.
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- [Instructor] In this video, you'll save an animation using SketchUp's built-in first person navigation system. To begin with, let's place a virtual camera in this space. Go to the Camera menu and choose Position Camera. The Status bar says select the camera position and the way that this works is you click and drag, so click over here and drag over to the left and then release the mouse and the camera is positioned where we put it and we're looking in that direction where we dragged the tool.
However, we're now on the ground. If you notice in the lower right corner, it says Eye Height. Let's type 55 enter to go up to a higher level. Next let's set the field of view of this virtual camera lens. Choose Camera, Field of View. You can now drag up or down to change the focal length of the lens. This is an interior space and I recommend using a wide angle value, around 28 degrees. You can see the numbers varying down there in the lower right hand corner.
Next, let's back up. To do that, go to Camera, Walk. And the way that this works is a lot like a video game. You use the arrow keys on the keyboard. I can use the down arrow to back up, up arrow to move forward, the left arrow turns me left, the right arrow turns me to the right. I can also sidestep by pressing the Shift + left arrow, sidesteps to the left. So I can spend a little time here navigating so I can get a good view of the overall kitchen.
There's a little bit too much ceiling for my taste here so what I'd like to do next is go to Camera, Look Around. The Look Around tool does not move the camera but it allows you to reorient it. So just drag on the screen and you can look around. You can look up, look down, look left, look right. And this way I can zero in on the view that I'm interested in sharing with people. And now I'm going to go ahead and save this position as a scene. Go to the Window menu and open the Scenes window.
In Windows, Scenes is part of the Default Tray. It may have to be turned on under the Windows menu, Default Tray, Scenes, and click the plus button here to save our first scene. And let's go back into the Walk tool and let's position ourselves in another interesting view. I'm going to walk forward, I'll sidestep to the right, kind of go in this area, this is as if I'm going to walk into the kitchen, about like that. I'll save another scene, Scene two.
Then I'll walk into the kitchen, and we turn back up a little bit, maybe I'll look up. I'll use Look Around and look up a little bit higher. Maybe I'll back up a little too. Okay, let's save this as Scene three. And then I'll back up some more, sidestep and get another view of the kitchen from another angle. That looks good to me. Maybe I'll look down a little bit as well.
I'll save that as Scene four. Now that I've saved all the scenes, I can close this window and then I can go between those scenes just by clicking on the buttons at the top of the screen. SketchUp provides a very nice transition between each location. We can save this sequence of scenes as an animation. Go to the File menu and choose Export, Animation. Let's call this Kitchen.mp4.
You can save this as a variety of resolutions. Let's do Full HD, click OK, and Export. This will take a little while as SketchUp has to interpolate between the different scenes. It's going to take me about a minute on my computer, but the amount of time will vary depending on how fast your processor is. When it's done you'll have an mp4 file that you can view in any video player, such as QuickTime. Here's what the video looks like in the QuickTime player.
- Importing a 2D sketch
- Modeling and demolishing your current kitchen
- Creating a model of the new kitchen
- Altering walls
- Designing an island
- Adding counters and cabinets
- Inserting appliances and fixtures
- Assigning materials
- Adding lighting
- Animating a camera to visualize the kitchen