Animation Software or Plugins


#1

Hi there Sketch Up community - I’m new to the group but have been using SketchUp Pro for around 3 years now. I have Pro2015 and am looking for a decent animation program that can also upgrade the render quality of my models. I am currently trying Podium Walker but it is having trouble dealing with the size of my model and does not render it any better than the base model quality.
I have also tried using a video production software program and editing my scenes to suit. This might work but progress is still jerky and rendering not affected of course.
Any suggestions?.. many thanks


#2

Try the following and see which works best for you:

MSPhysics (some rendering software do support this).

Animator (some rendering software do support this).

You’ll find both of these over at SketchUcation, the EW only features MSPhysics.


#3

I’ve used both Animator and MSPhysics that were mentioned by @Julian_Smith for a recent project (here’s my 18-minute YouTube video). I was pretty happy with them, though they have learning curves. I was not using any external render tool; I just used SketchUp’s own rendering. As also mentioned above, Animator has a capability of working with a few rendering tools, but I have no experience with them.


#4

thanks Julian - I had a look at both but as a first time animator found ‘Animator’ useful but difficult to fully utilise without instructions. I should have worded my enquiry a bit more concisely as I was looking for walk-through animation software. I eventually used SketchUp walk and scenes which I edited with Cyberlink Power Director 16 adding music and extending/switching scenes where required. I also used Vray for rendered scenes. This pushed my little laptop to its limit so I broke down my model to bit-sized scenes for rendering only… cheers Lisette


#5

and thanks to you too TDahl - I can see an advantage with Animator but need to become more proficient with these tools.

Lisette


#6

if you are looking for something intuitive check the SimLab Composer which is also available as a Lite version incl. rendering for free:

The SimLab Composer intergation plugin can be installed by “Window > Extension Warehouse”.


#7

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