Understand how to do basic animation in SketchUp. This video shows how to use scenes created in SketchUp’s Scenes window as the basis of a simple animation. George shows how these scenes can be sequenced to create animation. George then shows how to control the playback speed of the animation as well as how to export a movie.
- [Instructor] Now, SketchUp can also do really basic animation. And we can do that using scenes. So, with scenes, we can actually switch between different viewports to animate the camera. So, on the Mac, you'll find scenes under the window menu. Now, you should already be familiar with scenes. But let's give you a brief overview here. I have this scene here, and all I have to do is hit this plus sign and it will save all of these changes for that scene.
And then, if I were to move my camera around, and orbit it, I could get back to that scene just by double clicking here, and that will remember that view. Now, we can create scenes for all sorts of different types of views. So, if I were to go into, say, a camera, standard view, top view and change my perspective to parallel projection, maybe zoom out a little bit, I could create another scene.
And so now I have two scenes here. I have this one, and I have this one. And as you can see, we're starting to get kind of basic animation, because by default, SketchUp animates between these scenes. Let's do one more scene. So I'm going to change my camera to a front view, and maybe zoom in just a little bit. And let's create one more scene. So now I have three scenes in this file.
I have my perspective view, top view, and a front view. Now we can animate these very simply. All we have to do is go into view, animation. And we have a number of options here. These allow us to add, update, or delete scenes, very similar to what we were doing. We can also go from previous to next scene by going page up or page down. But what I'm looking for here is the play option.
So when I hit play, what it does is it goes from one scene to another, and it just animates between those. So this is a great way to create an animation in your scene. I'm going to go ahead and hit stop here, and let's go ahead and do something a little bit more interesting. So I'm going to go to this scene one here, and let's go ahead and I'm going to remove scene two, and highlight scene three and remove it.
So let's go ahead from here, and I'm going to actually orbit around this. So I'm going to orbit out and zoom out, and then I'm going to create a scene for that. So, as you can see, we can go from this scene to this scene. And then let's go ahead and fly up and do kind of an overview. So again, I'm just kind of moving my camera, so this is going to be kind of a big camera move here. And then I'm going to add that in, hitting the plus sign.
And then I'm going to maybe orbit over this way, and then, again, hit plus. So now I've got a couple of scenes here. I've got this one, this one, and so on. So now, when we go into view, animation, play, what happens is that it will go ahead and start animating between these, and you can get different views of your scene.
Now, if we want to control this a little bit more, we can go into animation, settings. And this brings us into the actual settings menu of SketchUp. So we can change the amount of time for a transition, and whether or not we have one. And we can also change the delay. So if I change my delay to zero, and maybe bring up my transition to three, this will create a smoother animation.
So again, if I go into animation, play, this will now create something that's a little bit more continuous. So now it'll just continually go from one to the other, rather than pausing for a bit. Now, once you have this, you can actually export this as well. So we can go into file, export, and when you have animation in the scene, all you have to do is go animation, and you can export either as a video or an image set.
So I'm going to export as a video. And then you can select your codec, in this case it's MP4, and hit export. And then what this will do is go ahead and actually export your movie. And as you can see, my export is now complete, and here is the movie. And we can go ahead and play that. So, as you can see, we can create and export basic camera animation from SketchUp.
Note: The core features of SketchUp Make, the free version of SketchUp covered in this course, and SketchUp Pro, the paid version of the program, are identical. Users of both versions should be able to follow along with the training.
- Creating new camera views
- Configuring custom toolbars on Mac and Windows
- Selecting and moving objects
- Drawing lines and shapes
- Creating 3D text in SketchUp
- Measuring and labeling objects
- Working with components
- Creating and applying materials on Mac and Windows
- Animating and rendering your drawings