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can you make an annimation/video of a turbocad Drawing?
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* September 12, 2018, 08:52:57 PM
 as part of my design Package I would like to produce a walkthtough video of my Drawings is there any way of doing that>

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* September 13, 2018, 12:28:39 AM
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Walkthrough suggests to me architectural, and there is nothing 'out of the box' in TC.  There is a QuickTime movie creation in some versions of TC, (including v16), but that is for creating a 'look around', i.e. in a QT viewer, one can rotate around the drawing to see all sides. a bit like a 3dpdf does nowadays.  Note - I've not looked at that in many years so memory may not be exact.

At a cost.  One can use the AnimatiinLab plub-in.  With this you can set up nearly any animation you require. Though whether the current version will work with v16, I would have to do some tests.

The cheapest options would be, use a third party screen recorder (some are free), to record your screen / window as you move through the drawing, possibly using the walkthrough tools,  then edit the recording in a movie creation program, it may take some time to get right but you can edit it to create a good movie.    the main drawback would be that one may see the curser in the finished movie. 

A second option would be to take a lot of screenshots, then put them all together in a movie creation program, this would be more time consuming, but is quite easy to do. A rough estimate would be, at 25 frames / second = 25 x 30 seconds = 750 screenshots + another 100 that are not used.

Another option would be to export the drawing into another format, and use a third party application like Blender to render and animate.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2018, 12:33:00 AM by Andy H »

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September 13, 2018, 04:47:29 AM
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Hi jamesblas,

a few months ago I tried the latest build of AnimationLab, with TurboCAD version 16 Pro, and it appeared to work fine.
Your choice will be governed by long-term usage, in my view.
I would recommend using AnimationLab, if you are going to commit to TurboCAD.  And why not?
However, whichever route you choose, there will be a steep learning curve in coming to terms with Animation.
If you are prepared for a lot of work, then the rewards can be well worth the effort.

The choice is yours!

Regards Tim

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