Animation simply does not get any easier than this. Really! I know you’ve heard those words before, and perhaps tried your hand at a program or two. But before long you found yourself buried in the often arduous (albeit typical) process of manually creating intricate, complex timelines. And key points. And key frames. And transitional effects. Movement. Camera angles. Lighting changes. Material properties.
Need I go on?
SolidWorks Composer’s technical communications outputs include a method for creating animations from a series of static views…perhaps the ones you’ve already created for your static documentation, or those created for this very purpose, be they highly realistic renderings or simple flat line art with annotations included.
Here’s the simple process. Start by setting up your view and model appearance and orientation as desired, and use the Create View function (Fig. 1).
Make sure you are in Animation mode as shown in Fig. 2…
…and drag a view into the Timeline at the bottom of the screen (Fig. 3).
Continue to drag views to their desired locations on the Timeline. All the requisite keys will be created for you automatically (Fig. 4).
Your animation may now be played within the document using the controls on the Timeline toolbar, or if desired, output in AVI format as shown in Fig. 5.
Couldn’t get much easier than that, right? The benefit that our customers tell us they’ve derived from this is that they are now using animations for in-house documentation, training, and marketing when they’d bought the product just planning to use it for printed field instructions, catalogs, or similar use.
More value than expected. Easier to use than expected. It’s a recurring theme. What has been your experience with SolidWorks Composer?