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    Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by GarethW, Jun 14, 2012.

    1. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      Even when I play it at 1/2 speed it's still WAY too fast to see what the hell's actually going on (4 seconds). :mad:

      Anyone know how to slow it down to sensible proportions?
       
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    3. tonycro

      tonycro Well-Known Member

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      nope, but I do admire the problem :confused:
       
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      Hola (just went back from Cuba where I hve seen some of the best structural eng since long (building) !),

      I might not have understood exactly what is you request, but generaly it goes like that :
      Builod your anim vid at 30img/s or even more and then use a video rendering soft with a 16img/sec output value. That way, using mp4 or fLV compressing code, your video will be played slower and with largely enough quality.

      Even MS MovMaker can do the trick.

      I hope it helps,

      SRDFMC

      PS: I do run rendering vid at off time (at night) for a competitive price if you do need some help/advice.
       
    5. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      Hi srdfmc, this is not about rendering. It is simply when you click "explode" in an assy there's an option to "animate explode". It's useful to quickly show someone how the assy goes together. The problem is that's it all happens so fast you can't talk people through it as it's happening.
       
    6. tonycro

      tonycro Well-Known Member

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      I may have a solution, I came across a freeware video editing software ~ designed for star trail astrophotography, that should allow you to edit the animation file and slow it down.

      Just need to find the link.

      tony
       
    7. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      This is the thing I'm going on about (image below). It gives you the option of 1/2 speed and x2 speed. Both are RIDICULOUSLY fast. I don't want to render an animation or mess about with speed in post-production. I just want to do a simple, quick animated explode "on-the-fly" (at a sensible speed) to show people how an assembly fits together
      animation.JPG
       
    8. tonycro

      tonycro Well-Known Member

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      Found it, http://www.virtualdub.org/ freeware video editing package - maybe a solution.

      THis bothers me as well so I'll try and slow some of mine down as well.

      Tony.
       
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    10. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      Thanks, but I think I will throw in the towel on this one. I just want to easily animate things "on the fly" with that nice one-click "Animation Controller" (pictured in my post above). It's shame it's a bit crap and animates everything so fast you can't see what the hell's going on. Using post-production software just isn't worth the effort for an impromptu "here's how it fits together, guys" demo.
       
    11. Mathusan

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      That's too bad Gareth. I know what you mean. When I tried to do the animate collapse/explode for my boss, it's waaay too fast.

      Even if this is not really 'on-the-fly', once you've done all your explode steps, you can create a quick motion study at the bottom of the window. Go to 'new motion study' at the bottom of the window and click on the icon with the video camera. Check 'explode' from the list. You can set the duration of the entire animation to longer than 4 s or 8 s so the animation will be much, much slower. It's just two steps really and literally takes 15s to do. I think it updates if you update any explode step. All you do is play the motion study for your colleagues. So when you want to show the animation, just click on 'Motion study 1' or whatever you renamed it, at the bottom of the window, and press play. It will always be at the bottom of the screen, not a separate file. It is built into the user interface.

      You can take it a step further and make specific explode steps longer than others, if you want to show important components being assembled. Just drag the time key around.
       

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