Friday, January 3, 2014

Award-Winning Cinematography with SolidWorks Composer

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words; if this is the case, then a quality animation must be priceless.

Animations are a great tool for highlighting our designs and bringing to light specific functionality that helps others better understand our concepts and design intent. SolidWorks Composer makes this process simple by allowing a user to create views that tell a story in a storyboard format and then transform these ideas into a quality animation with a simple "drag and drop" interface. 


If you want a little more control over your output, the process can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. In Animation Mode, users can capture and record the the location of actors, change their position or state, and even invoke them to flash. The results are often eye-catching and simplify the most complex processes in the shortest amount time. 

One factor that oftentimes gets overlooked and is easiest to control, however, is the camera path.  

Consider the video I've included above. It is a walkthrough animation for a play set that emulates what it would be like to climb the ladder, crawl through a tube, and slide down a slide. You can imagine the excitement without risk of injury. 

Once the animation has been created,  the "Camera" icon found under the Collaboration tab on the left can be selected to illustrate the path followed by the camera. Modify the Arcball and Path properties in the properties pane, and any changes that you make transform the entire animation. 

Give it a try with your next animation! And remember: it's the little things!

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