Podium Walker | Animation for SketchUp

Design, Animate, Export

Creating high-quality animated walkthroughs is easy with Podium Walker. Bring your designs to life like never before.

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Podium Walker is a real-time animation plug-in for SketchUp that allows users to create high quality animated visualizations and walkthroughs from their SketchUp models, quickly and easily. Podium Walker uses a keyframe based animation workflow to create an animated motion path out of your SketchUp camera views, and then a fast raytracing engine to render and export video files. Read more below, or watch the video to see Podium Walker in action!

REAL-TIME PHOTOREALISTIC ANIMATION IN SKETCHUP

WHAT IS PODIUM WALKER?

Podium Walker is a real-time, photorealistic animation plug-in for SketchUp which allows you to quickly produce high quality animated walk-throughs and visualizations of your SketchUp models.

  • It uses ray tracing and ambient occlusion to create photo-real renderings and animations.
  • It is CPU based, not GPU based.
  • It renders in near real-time and renders all of Podium's material properties and artificial lights.
  • It renders the thousands of components and materials from Podium Browser.
  • It will create animations directly from SU Animate camera paths as well.
  • It will export to video formats such as .mp4, .mov, .m2t and .avi.
  • It works directly with SU Podium V2 and/or Podium Browser. It reads Podium's reflections, blurred
  • It is a great tool to preview SU Podium rendering and/ or Podium Browser components inside SketchUp.
  • It creates keyframe animations for video productiion and also can record your camera navigation.
  • It will import SketchUp scenes to create keyframe animations automatically.
  • Supports SketchUp 2014, 2013and SketchUp 8 (for Windows).
  • Supports Windows and Mac (Lion, Mountain Lion and Maverick).

SEE PODIUM WALKER IN ACTION

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PODIUM WALKER FAQ

I. Crashes - Not enough system memory

Not enough system memeory:

The first case, is SketchUp models that are too large to be opened by Podium Walker and you are using a 32 bit operating system. If you have a 64 bit Windows or Mac system, make sure you download the 64 bit version of Podium Walker. For the Mac, from version 1.0.7, the Mac version of Podium Walker uses the universal binary so it will detect whether or not your Mac has a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. But in any case, your system memory (RAM) must be greater than 4gb for Podium Walker to take advantage of the 64 bit operating system. If you have SketchUp models with hundreds of thousands of faces and/ or hundreds of textures they may fail to render. Check your models size by opening it in SketchUp and looking at the model info.

Look at SketchUp's Model Info and statistics. Make sure Nested Groups is checked on. How many faces does this model have? Is it hundreds of thousands? Millions? If so, you may need to upgrade your RAM memory to greater than 4gb and upgrade to a 64 bit OS.

Delete unnecessary models and components: Delete as many faces and textures that are not needed from your new model. Once deleted, Purge, Save and reopen your purged model. Check Model Info and keep deleting faces and textures until the size of the model is drastically reduced. Unlike SU Podium V2, Podium Walker does not process geometry and textures that are on hidden layers so there's no need to do the Copy and Paste In Place method.

II. Crashes - Mac crashes instantly upon opening Podium Walker

Upon invoking Podium Walker, it crashes immediately and takes down SketchUp. We think that some models have a property or an attribute that the Mac version of Podium Walker can not calculate. We are working on a solution to this. But there is a work around that works almost always.

The work around:

  1. Choose Select All from SketchUp's Edit menu. This will highlight the entire model.
  2. Choose Copy from SketchUp's Edit menu.
  3. Open a new SketchUp file (a new instance).
  4. Choose Paste in Place. You may need to Zoom extents and rotate to see the model correctly. None of your scenes will have been copies and any hidden layers or objects will not copy.
  5. Invoke Podium Walker

III. Crashes - Mac continually crashes, even after multiple restarts

We have noticed that if you open a model in SketchUp and then open it in Podium Walker, close Podium Walker, close the model in SketchUp and repeat this process several times, SketchUp will eventually crash. This is because bad data is being transferred from SketchUp to Podium Walker. The solution to this, is to quit SketchUp completely and restart SketchUp.

IV. Face-me trees, plants, people

Face-me 2D trees, 2D plants and people, especially those from Podium Browser are very convenient especially since they are much smaller than 3D trees and plants.

However, please note that every time that the face-me components rotate to face the camera, Podium Walker needs to re-import the entire SketchUp model each time the camera changes position. If you have dozens or even hundreds of face-me components in your model, this re-importing will slow your video export down dramatically.

The work around is to explode the face-me components.

V. Upgrade frequently

We are constantly upgrading Podium Walker to handle larger files so please check the Podium Walker download page to see if a new free upgrade or update is available. For example, for Mac users upgrading to version 1.0.7 will be beneficial as this version and above can handle models with a large number of textures including the textures on all the leaves of a 3D tree.

WHERE TO GET SUPPORT

The following avenues are available to users who require support for Podium Walker and other SUPlugins products:

  • The Podium Walker Support Center: Podium Walker Support - How to articles, tutorials, FAQ, and troubleshooting pages.
  • The SU Walk Forum: Go to the Podium Walker Forum - An active Forum with two experts online almost any time.
  • E-mail support - support@cadalog-inc.com - Please don't hesitate e-mail us if you do not want to use the Forum.
  • Upload your models: If you are having problems rendering your models, feel free to upload them to our box.net account. Make sure you send an e-mail to us to let us know you have uploaded a model.

Try Podium Walker!

Podium Walker is free to try for a 30 day evaluation period.

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