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Keyframe Animation is a Ruby plugin for SketchUp. It runs on both Windows and the Mac for both the Free and Pro versions of SketchUp. You can easy to add movement to any object in your model. Move it from A to B, rotate it about any point, or even change its size. You can move the camera too, which makes it ideal for walk-throughs. Best of all, the animation you create can be exported to a movie, directly from SketchUp.
The approach is simple and intutive. Ordinary SketchUp scenes act as key frames. You just move the objects where you want them to be on each scene, and click a button to record their position. When each scene is selected, the objects will move to their prerecorded positions, as if by magic. Keyframe Animation interpolates the objects between key frames by translation, rotation, scaling, or a combination -- whatever is required. The end result is object animation in SketchUp, quick and easy.
This is an introductory tutorial. It shows how to set up a simple animation that rotates two gears.Download Keyframe Animation
News Flash - Keyframe Animation 1.8 Released
Version 1.8 has a great new feature. Now you can animate the size of objects. Make them grow, shrink, or stretch them in different directions.
Basically, any change in the scale of objects will now be interpolated between key frames. The scaling can be uniform, or non-uniform. You can combine a translation and a scaling, so that the object moves and changes size at the same time. Rotations and scaling can be combined if you rotate and scale about the same point. The tweens can interpolate changes in scale too, so the animation can be exported to a movie.
This demo shows a quick example of a non-uniform scaling.
This demo shows an animated tiling. The individual tiles change their size, but continue to fit together with no gaps or overlaping. The result is a continually changing tiling that oscillates between triangles and hexagons.
To find out how SU Animate and Proper Animation compare with Keyframe Animation, for each of these features, please read this review: Three Animation Plugins Compared.
The User Guide has more detailed documentation about the features in Keyframe Animation.
Keyframe Animation Demos and Tutorials
The Demos page has several animations made with Keyframe Animation. They illustrate many of the features such as animating sub-components and animating object visibility.
There are also a few Video Tutorials to get you started.