Yes, I can how such an impression might be created!! The fact is, much as I genuinely appreciate having free access to this massively useful tool, I am not trying to turn it into 3D Studio Max! Up until recently I was using the software just to model and compose scenes; saved the faff of drawing out perspective, foreshortening and so forth. I’d print these ‘blocks’ out, dig out the pencils and brushes, happy days. Then I twigged the idea of putting this stuff on the internet, noticed Sketchup ‘did’ animation and I was in lurve!
Fast forward to this week and I have finished 95%+ of what I need to do with Sketchup. The objective was to build a ‘venue’ to house the key characters in my story, and this has now been done. Each room contains an acrylic portrait (a cartoon) of the key players, plus some hand-drawn extracts from the original strip. The only animation needed falls into three categories: a. to enable any prospective third party to ‘fly’ through the building visiting each room in turn (hence the ‘parachute legs’ and Flightpath s.mustard extension, which I still cannot access due to unfathomable issues with ‘zip files’?) b. For the doors to those rooms to open realisticaly (que the 'regular polygon plugin, nice but it conflicts with the existing scenes and causes ‘bug-splats’!) c. To export the whole lot into Windows Moviemaker, which I can’t do because my all singing & dancing Windows 8.1 PC can’t process the download. Oh! And I’m still waiting for somebody to tell me where this elusive AVI thing is in video export.
Hope I’ve made things clear. I appreciate the help folk have given me so far, but I’m not really a computer lover and have no desire to sit in front of one of these things for 5 minutes more than is necessary. All the above are legitimate add-ons to Sketchup in any case.