Animation / Modelling

Posted on 2014-08-29
Last Modified: 2014-10-09

What is the best software for creating a very rough video, to showcase the construction phase of a house.

I want to be able to show blocks landing in, windows dropping in etc...

It does not need to be to scale and i don't need to be able to skew the model either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:oo7ml
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    Accepted Solution

    SketchUp is probably the easiest to use, and the "Make" version is free -

    Author Comment

    Ok great, thanks... can you make videos too... or is it just an image
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    Expert Comment

    by:Brad Groux
    They have a feature called "Scenes" that allows you to animate using "Transitions." You can view a demo on their video tutorial page -

    Author Comment

    Ok cool, thanks... i'll check it out now.

    Is there a market place for SketchUp so that you can build pre built models?

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys, i've been playing with this for a few hours today and it seems quite easy to use.

    Just one thing i can't figure out. I've started created scenes and animations, but how do i break the house up into components, so that i can show the following construction phases:

    - foundation
    - ground floor walls
    - 1 floor roof
    - 2nd floor walls
    - 2nd floor roof
    - main roof and tiles

    Thanks again for your help.
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    Assisted Solution

    if your interested
    AutoDesk?( Homestyler)
    It's fun, can add furniture/doors everything,  just use the house on the left to choose build options, up top is 3D view/snapshots and then floors. Spin it around in 3D using the directional button.
    Just capture what your doing then you do most of this for free. I add a spiral stairway with some rooms carpeted .Still playing with it, it remembers me so I can back and continue when I like.
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    Expert Comment

    oo7ml you didn't get around to seeing my suggestion with AutoDesk?( Homestyler)
    what do you think?

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks guys, apologies for the late response... SketchUp is exactly what i need.

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