Simple Steps to Create Video Creation in Enscape with iRender Cloud Rendering
When navigating a model in real-time is not practical, or you want a pre-scripted path that aligns with your talking points, creating a walkthrough video is the solution. And now with the related updates in Enscape 3.0, the process is even easier! In Blog’s Today, we will cover the powerful video creation features and workflows found within the Enscape plugin. Enscape has a powerful yet simple workflow for developing a video walkthrough.
Getting started with video creation in Enscape
Enscape provides a great video walkthrough renderer in Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Archicad and Vectorworks. The overall process of walkthrough rendering is very simple. First, in your design software, start Enscape, toggle the Video Editor on, and then compose a view in Enscape (see first image below). Click Add Keyframe (the + button) to define the start point. You can then continue this process along the path you would like the video to follow. The path and keyframes are visible within Enscape, as shown in the second image below. The video follows this path and morphs between each keyframe. For example, notice the view direction arrow added at each keyframe. Enscape will smoothly transition between #1 and #2 and then again between #2 and #3.
In the video editor, you can select your different keyframes by clicking on the diamond shapes on the timeline. In addition to morphing the view direction, keyframes allow other adjustments such as Time of Day, Focal point, and Field of View. The duration between keyframes can be adjusted by setting an explicit Timestamp. To finish, once the path is defined, the video may be previewed in Enscape using the Preview command (play button). If everything looks good to you, then use the Export command to make an MP4 file which can be hosted online or generally shared. Keep in mind that you can also adjust the output quality and resolution through the Visual Settings -> Capture tab beforehand.
Creating the video path
A video is created by following a camera path and defining this path has never been easier in the AEC industry when using Enscape. To begin the process, within Enscape, click the Video Editor command (or type V). This will activate the Video Editor UI within Enscape – see image below. Next, while in Enscape, simply compose a view and click the Add Keyframe + button (or type K). This adds a keyframe, represented as a diamond on the Timeline. Continue composing views and adding keyframes along the desired path until it is adequately defined to travel around objects, corners and up and down stairs.
TIP: Be sure to save your path before closing Enscape, otherwise your work will be lost!
Keyframe tools legend:
- Add a new keyframe, based on current Enscape view, before the first keyframe
- Click a diamond to select a keyframe
- Click between two keyframes to add a new keyframe
- Add a new keyframe, based on current Enscape view, after the last keyframe
Editing the video path
The path may need to be modified to adjust the view direction or avoid colliding with objects in the scene. Enscape makes this easy by allowing us to select keyframes and then visually adjust them. This process can be started within the 3D view or via the Timeline in the Video Editor. In the 3D view, hover your cursor over a camera (i.e. a keyframe) until it turns green (see next image) and then click. Notice how the camera path has arrows on it, indicating the direction of travel.
Using the controls in the Keyframe Editor, the Time of Day, Field of View, Depth of Field, and Timestamp can be overridden from the current settings. For example, if a keyframe is selected and the timestamp is adjusted, the duration of the entire video is adjusted. Or, if the time of day is adjusted in at least two keyframes, it will morph between these views. To help keep track of where overrides exist, markers are added to the Timeline as shown in the following image. These same adjustments can be seen in Enscape, next to each keyframe as shown in the second image below. It is important to remember to click Update to save changes to the current keyframe.
Save and load a path
If you want to use a path again in the future, you can save it using the Save Path to file… command as shown below. The ability to define multiple paths within the same project is an especially beneficial feature. Save these files in the project folder on the network so the entire design team has access. Once a path is saved, or if you wish to discard the current path, click New video path. The saved file is an XML file. If you edit this file, you will notice each keyframe has an X,Y,Z value for Position and LookAt. These numbers could be modified to make more precise adjustments along the path – be sure to save a copy first!
In today’s busy and complex world, we need tools that are both powerful and easy to use. As you have seen, Enscape makes the whole process of developing and editing a walkthrough video just that – easy. The ability to create multiple paths and save each one to be individually reloaded later increases efficiency. And, the fact that this process works the same across multiple authoring tools (Revit, SketchUp, Archicad, Vectorworks, and Rhino)
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