Creating a movie of the project allows you to present your final design to your clients under a variety of angles. This ARCHICAD feature is called a Fly-Through.
To create this animated view of your project, you place a series of Cameras that define a path along which images will be recorded. At each camera point (or key frame) a snapshot is taken. The series of pictures is then merged into an animated movie file by adding a number of extrapolated views (or in-between frames).
If you save the Fly-Through as an external file, you can even show it on a computer on which ARCHICAD is not installed.
Note: A large number of frames means a smoother movie but also a much larger file.
Choosing Document > Creative Imaging > Create Fly-Through creates a series of simple 3D or PhotoRendered pictures defined by the parallel projection set or the current camera path. You can either show the resulting animation immediately on screen, or save these pictures in the desired file format and show them later using a movie viewing utility.
The Create Fly-Through command will only be active if you have at least one Preset Parallel Projection or an animation path with at least two Cameras.
Placing several Cameras defines a Fly-Through path whose parameters you can adjust in the Path Options dialog box (opened from the Camera Settings dialog box or the context menu of the Path item in the Navigator’s Project Map.)
Only one camera will be active at a time. This is the only camera displayed with its sun and view angle markers. The active camera is always the one that was last placed, unless you select another one. Any cameras placed on the Floor Plan will be attached to the current Fly-Through path after the active camera.
Note: Collections of 3D parallel projections can also be linked to create a Fly-Through, but these are handled differently from perspectives. Only a single set of parallel projections can exist, and you edit it in the View > 3D View Options> 3D Projection Settings > Parallel Projections > Pre-Sets dialog box, and not through the Camera Settings. Also, since the viewpoint distance is infinite for parallel projections, you cannot display them on the Floor Plan.