Render All Scenes is now available on the Free Bonus Extensions page as an .rbz installation.
Render All is an extension that allows you to render all the SketchUp scenes in a model in sequence. When invoked from the SU Podium V2.5 pull down menu, Render All Scenes, renders each scene and saves the image in the image save folder that you choose from the Options menu. This enables you to batch render several scenes in sequence or even create photo-realistic animation.
Render All Scenes will instruct SU Podium to render all or some of the scenes in your model. There at least two possible uses for Render All.
- It is primarily useful for batch rendering of multiple scenes. If you have a variety of scenes that you want to render in a hands off fashion, Render All will be useful.
- It can be used for object motion type animations. However, keep in mind, our experience is that after 50 to 100 scenes (frames) SketchUp 2017, 2016 or 2015 will crash for an unknown reason. So, you will often have to re-start RenderAll at the last scene prior to the crash. SU Animate will be a valuable tool if you want to create object motion animations such as the below backhoe animation. However, be aware, generally you will need to create hundreds of frames for a smooth object animation. This is not a simple task and SU Animate is a good tool to use for object animations.
- Walk thru or camera animations. However, we believe that Podium Walker is a far more efficient and faster tool to use for walk thru, fly thru animations.
A useful companion, plug-in for Render All is SU Animate 4 to create the animation scenes especially if creating object animations. Read about SU Animate.
Render some scenes but not all. Render All has a user interface that allows you to pick the scenes you want to render if you prefer to render just some scenes in your model. First click Clear or Invert to turn off all the Scenes in the Render All dialog box. Then select the scenes you want to render.
Render All saves each rendered scene's image to a designated folder that you have chosen in Podium V2 Options dialog box. When it is complete, you can take all the images that were rendered and use Windows or Mac programs like Movie Maker or iMovie to create a video animation. The idea is that each scene in SketchUp is like a frame in a movie. When each scene is rendered with Render All, each JPG or PNG image can be used as a frame. When "stitched" together with Windows Live Movie Maker or Mac's iMovie, a video animation is created.
Render All will use the settings in your current Options dialog box such as Preset, Image Size, Save location, and all the Environment settings. It's a good idea to render one or two scenes before committing to the Render All process. Once you start the Render All process, it is not easy to stop Podium from rendering the list of scenes.
You can get some relatively good photo-realistic animation results such as the below videos. The photo-realistic quality is Podium V2.5's quality. Podium V2's Global Illumination (GI)is second to none. However, with shadows on, you will observe a GI flicker. Render All takes patient to achieve even modestly successful object animations. If you are only interested in walk-thru type animations, please consider PodiumWalker as it is much easier and integrated with SketchUp and SU Podium. Podium Walker is available here.
Mac version of Render All for SU Podium V2.5.5X and V2.5.6xis ready
The Mac version of RenderAll Scenes is available. There is a bug in SketchUp where after a number of scenes, SketchUp will lose focus. This will cause Render All to stop and display a dialog message.
You must select OK to continue the RenderAll process.
Sample animations created with RenderAll: