Exporting movie files from Podium Walker is much the same as it was in Podium Walker v1.3, however several changes and additions have been incorporated into the Iray beta to improve the export workflow.

1. Podium Walker now saves incremental images.

While the render process is ongoing, Podium Walker stores every frame of your animation as a separate .jpeg image. This is primarily meant to safe-guard against Podium Walker or SketchUp crashing during the render process, and prevents the need to re-render frames that have already been completed. Images are stored in a new folder with "_images" appended to the directory name.

Save or delete when finished - Use the check-box at the bottom of the export dialog to specify whether you'd like Podium Walker to save or delete incremental images when Podium Walker finished rendering and exporting your video file.

2. Frame range - Specify beginning and end frame.

If you need to resume rendering from a specific frame, or want to clip frames from the beginning or end of your animation, you can now specify a custom frame range in the export dialog.

For example: If you're rendering a 250 frame video, and Podium Walker previously crashed during the render process, you can now resume rendering at the exact point where Podium Walker left off.

  1. Check the _images folder to find the last frame that Podium Walker saved before crashing. For the sake of this example, we'll say frame 155.
  2. Set start frame: Specify the frame you want Podium Walker to start (or resume) from.
  3. Set end frame: Specify the final frame you want Podium Walker to render.
  4. Delete images when completed: Check here if you want Podium Walker to delete the incremental folder when rendering has finished. Leave this unchecked if you are resuming a previously failed render.

3. How do I create a video out of incremental images?

In the event that Podium Walker fails to finish exporting your .mp4 video file, you may still create a video out of a .jpeg image sequence.

There are several applications capable of stitching an image sequence into a final video file:

  • Windows Movie Maker - No longer installs on all Windows machines, but still free to download. Recommended free option for Windows; watch here to see how to stick images to video in Movie Maker.
  • Quick Time Pro - Very easy to achieve with Quicktime Pro, though the software is not free for Windows users.
  • Adobe After Effects and Photoshop - Both have tools for stitching images to video; this is not necessarily a recommended option unless you're already using one or the other.