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Animating Assembly Models and Exporting Video Introduction to Engineering Design © 2012 Project Lead The Way, Inc.
Exploded Assembly Presentation • The Exploded Assembly Presentation can be animated to show the components and subassemblies fit together. • Components move following tweaks and trails that have been created. • Exploded Assembly animations can also be saved as an external AVI file.
Animating • To animate the presentation, select the Animate tool from the panel bar. The animation dialog box will appear.
• Steps the animation forward one tweak at a time. • Steps the animation forward one interval at a time. Click the button to move forward one interval.
• Steps the animation in reverse one interval at a time. Click the button to move back one interval. • Steps the animation in reverse one tweak at a time.
• Plays the animation forward for the specified number of repetitions. Before each repetition, the view is set back to its starting position. • Plays the animation for the specified number of repetitions. Each repetition plays start to finish, then in reverse.
• Plays the animation in reverse for the specified number of repetitions. Before each repetition, the view is set back to its ending position. • Pauses the animation playback.
• Records the specified animation to a file so that you can play it back later. • Minimize during record: minimizes the dialog box while the animation is being recorded. Select the box to minimize the dialog box. Clear the check box to leave the dialog box active.
• The Interval is the number of steps a component will take to travel along the path. The larger the interval number, the slower the object will travel; conversely, the smaller the number, the faster the object will travel. • The Repetitions field specifies the number of times the animation will play.
• The More button expands the Animation dialog box. In the expanded dialog box, you can re-sequence or group the tweaks in the animation.
Look at the Animation Sequence • The first animation is the Gasket: 1 followed by Bolt: 5. • The order can be changed and sequences can be grouped together.
• Moves the selected tweak up one place in the list. • Moves the selected tweak down one place in the list.
• Hold down the shift key to select multiple items. • Groups the selected tweaks to keep them together as you change the sequence. • Ungroups the selected tweaks so that they can be moved individually in the list.
Exporting Video from a Presentation File • Click on the red circle on the left side of the animation dialog box.
• A save dialog box will appear prompting you for the file name and location in which to save the AVI movie. • Select the location and enter a file name.
• Next, a dialog box appears prompting you to use the video compression. • Click OK and use the default Cinepak Codec. • Your instructor may request that you use a different codec.
• This will return you to the original dialog box. • Click on the motion that you want to record. • When you click on the motion button, it will begin recording. The dialog box will minimize while the animation is exporting. It will reappear when it is finished.
• When the dialog box reappears, you need to click on Reset. • This finishes writing the file. • If this is not done, the movie may not play correctly.
Tips and Hints • The size of the screen will be the native size of the AVI movie. You might want to make the window smaller to make the movie file size smaller. • You may want to turn off the 3 D axis indicator by selecting the Tools menu, Application options, and deselecting the Show 3 D indicator checkbox on the upper right side.
Tips and Hints • You may want to change the background of the AVI movie to match or compliment the background in a Power. Point presentation. This can be done to a limited degree. • Go to Tools menu, Application options, and click on the Colors tab to select a different Color Scheme.