Keyframe Animation for SketchUp
Keyframe Animation is a Ruby plugin for SketchUp. It lets you easily add movement to any object (group or component) in your model. Move objects along a straight line, rotate them about any axis, or even change their size. You can move the camera too, which makes it great 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 keyframes. You just move the objects where you want them to be on each scene, and click a button to record their position. When a scene is selected, the objects will move, rotate, shrink or grow to their prerecorded positions, as if by magic.
- Translate Objects
- Animate objects by moving them along a straight line between keyframes.
- Rotate Objects
- Animate objects by rotating them about any axis between keyframes.
- Scale Objects
- Make objects grow or shrink by scaling them between keyframes.
- Animate Nested Objects
- If an object is contained inside another object, you can still animate it. It will move relative to its parent. If the parent also moves, the composition of translations and rotations can produce more complex types of motion.
- Animate the Camera
- The camera can be animated using the native camera interpolation that is built into SketchUp scenes.
- Transition Times
- Set the exact amount of time it takes for the animation to transition from one keyframe to another.
- Delay Times
- Add a pause to the animation after it has transitioned to a keyframe, and before it starts the transition to the next keyframe.
- Reorder Keyframes
- It is easy to change the order of keyframes, or put them in reverse order, or any other permutation. Keyframes can be easily inserted or deleted at any place.
- Animate Visibility
- You can make objects appear or disappear by putting them on layers and turning the layer's visibility on or off for each keyframe.
- Export a Movie
- There is a feature that will generate all the intermediate scenes in between the keyframes. These tweens, as they are called, can be exported to a movie, directly from SketchUp.
Download the newest version of Keyframe Animation and start a 10-day free trial.
Purchase a personal or business license to continue using Keyframe Animation.
This is the main source for documentation about all Keyframe Animation features.
Watch videos covering the basic features of Keyframe Animation to help get you started.
These demos were created using Keyframe Animation and exported directly from SketchUp.
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This is the list of things we are working on for future updates of Keyframe Animation.
This blog documents the new features implemented for major Keyframe Animation updates.