How to Create a Video in Enscape
How to Create a Video in Enscape
Videos are a great way to showcase your project, and they are easy to create, whether you are a beginner or an experienced Enscape user. In this post we’ll give you a quick overview of our Video Editor and the effects you can achieve.
Easy Steps To Create A Video
All About Saving Camera Paths
Simple tips to create a video
Video creation in Enscape is easy. It’s just a matter of deciding which part of your project you want to showcase, and setting keyframes at those points. First, start Enscape and open the Video Editor in your Enscape menu or ribbon (shown here in Revit).
Toggle Video Editor button in Revit
Video Editor in Enscape
To start creating your camera path, set your first keyframe by using the K key on your keyboard, or by clicking Add Keyframe in the Video Editor. An arrow will appear at the start of the Timeline, indicating the keyframe has been created, and if you move your position slightly to one side, you can see a camera that represents the keyframe you have just created.
Keyframe placed in Enscape represented by camera icon
Move around your project and continue to press K to add keyframes to your camera path. The following screenshot illustrates a video containing the 3 keyframes (cameras) and the path between these keyframes, which is represented in Enscape.
Camera path represented in Enscape
Check out this video for a summary of how to create a camera path using keyframes!
Once you have created your path, you can adjust a variety of options in the Video and Keyframe Editors. Let’s take a look at the Video Editor options first.
Additional options in the Video Editor
The Shaky Camera option will add some movements to your video, which almost mimic a person walking with a camera. The Easing In/Out option slows down the camera speed slightly when approaching and leaving a keyframe.
Now let's take a look at the Keyframe Editor. You can open it by selecting a keyframe from the Video Editor timeline, or by clicking on the camera in Enscape.
Clicking on a camera in Enscape will open the Keyframe Editor
When the Keyframe Editor is open, you can adjust the angle of the keyframe by clicking in the Enscape window and dragging the viewport with your mouse to the desired position.
Keyframe Editor open in Enscape
You can adjust four different settings for each keyframe:
- Time of Day: which allows you to set the time of day for the selected keyframe. Click the button, or Click+hold+drag the dial to activate this option.
- Timestamp: will allow you to select the position in the Timeline the keyframe is placed in Seconds. Click the button, or Click+hold+drag the dial to activate this option. This is never available for the first keyframe which always starts at 00:00.
- Field of View: When activated the Field of View settings value in degrees is adjusted with the slider.
- Depth of Field: For the Depth of Field to be available, the Depth of Field slider must be set to anything other than 0% so that the Auto Focus may be disabled in the Enscape Visual Setting’s Rendering tab.
Options in the Enscape Keyframe Editor
Check out this overview video that covers the Time of Day and Timestamp options!
Once you have created and adjusted your camera path to your liking, you have the option to save it so that you can reuse it in other projects.
To save a path from Revit, click the Camera path button and choose Save Path.
In Sketchup, Rhino, ArchiCAD and Vectorworks, the Save and Load buttons appear directly in the menu.
When clicking Save Path, you will be prompted to choose a location and name for the camera path, which will be saved as an .xml document. If you want to load a saved path into a project, click the Load Path button and select the appropriate .xml file.
When you are ready to export your video, there are a two other settings to be aware of, located in the Capture tab of the Enscape Visual Settings menu: compression quality and frames per second.
Additional settings for export
To export the video as an MP4 video file, select a compression from low to high: Email, Web, Blueray, or Maximum. If you set the compression quality to Lossless, Enscape will export the video as a series
These are the basic skills you need to create an impressive video of your project. Set keyframes and adjust the settings to show every angle of your design in the best light. If you run into any issues, check out this Knowledgebase article, which covers all of the functions of the Video Editor in detail. Or, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our support team will be happy to assist!
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