I thought I’d share a recent project I completed for a client. I was tasked with producing an animation of the steps of a house being constructed, to show new home buyers. I received permission from the client to share it with the SketchUP community, just as long as I put a watermark over the video.
I used the fantastic Medeek suite of plugins by Nathanial Wilkerson (@medeek) for all of the modeling in SketchUP and rendered the animation using Lumion. I’ve also posted this to the Lumion forums with some more background information on the Lumion process here.
After using the Medeek plugins to build the entire model, I created scenes with layers turned on and off to setup the different stages of the animation. This also allowed me to export stills of each of the stages to send a storyboard to the client for approval, before proceeding with the importing and setup in Lumion.
Once the geometry and steps were approved by the client, I had to create over 200 groups to export them as 200 individual files to keyframe their appearance in Lumion.
Here is a screenshot of how detailed the model was, and here’s the video.
Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions about the process!