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How to Export an Animation with Google SketchUp 8

What’s so great about animation export in Google SketchUp is how easy it is to do; you have only one choice if you want to export a movie from SketchUp. If you’re using Windows, create an AVI file; Mac users create QuickTime MOVs.

Although exporting animations in SketchUp is a pretty simple operation, figuring out how to set all the animation export controls can seem like landing the space shuttle. Follow these steps to export a movie file from SketchUp:

  1. Prepare your model for export as an animation.

  2. Choose File, Export, Animation.

  3. Give your movie file a name and then choose where it should be saved on your computer system.

  4. Make sure that the correct file format is selected.

    In the Format drop-down list, choose AVI if you’re using Windows and QuickTime if you’re on a Mac.

  5. Click the Options button to open the Animation Export Options dialog box.

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  6. Adjust the settings for the type of animation you want to export.

    If you’re working on a Mac, there’s an extra drop-down list that you may find helpful: Format includes a short list of uses for your animation. Choosing one automatically sets most of the controls for you, though you can improve things a bit by making some of your own selections.

  7. Select the Anti-Alias check box, if it isn’t already selected.

    Choosing this doubles the amount of time it takes for your animation to export, but it makes your edges look much better in the final movie.

  8. Click the button next to Codec (Windows) or the Expert button (Mac).

    This opens the Video Compression (Compression Settings on a Mac) dialog box. Choose the correct settings for the type of animation you want to export.

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  9. Click OK in the Compression dialog box and then click OK again in the Export Options dialog box.

  10. Check to make sure that everything looks right and then click the Export button.

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