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Offline br3ttj

Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« on: May 28, 2011, 10:14:47 pm »
From your latest newsletter announcing your KeyShot 3 Preview - World Premier at Planet PTC in Las Vegas:

"Exclusively for Planet PTC attendees, we are letting you catch the very first glimpse of KeyShot 3. Once again, we are out to further revolutionize the visualization process. This time, it is animation.
Simple, fast and accurate, KeyShot 3 allows any designer and engineer to create animations of their designs with the same photographic quality of still images. Stop by our booth, and be amazed. Once again."

Does this mean animation will be part of the Keyshot core package?! :o

Offline Robert V.

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 02:59:53 am »
Wow, that would answer one of my questions!


  • Guest
Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 08:57:51 pm »
Animation will be sold separately.

Offline jeffw

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 09:29:04 am »
This is great news. We have been wanting animation for some time. Is there any approximate date for release?

Offline eric

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 11:55:21 am »
Animation ok, but I hope that there will still be development in the Keyshot rendering field. (speed, extend network rendering (also for realtime), improve texuring, etc)

I remember that it turned out to be a big disappointment when Hypermove came out.
That was the end of Hypershot and Hypermove for me and I returned to the "old Hypershot"  (which is Keyshot)

Simple animations can be done by a lot of programs, the one that is shown in the KS3 preview is very easy to do in Solidworks also.
We just need the interface to render it with the same ease as Keyshot does the still images.

In my opinion in the logic of Keyshot you should do the same for animations: not create them in Keyshot but only render them in keyshot in a way that is a lot easier and more inuitive than in other programs.

so: import animation from an animation program - texturing/material - setup camera path - (realtime preview) - render

But maybe this is just how it is going to be......?

Offline quigley

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 04:28:35 pm »
Eric there is animation and there is animation!

Yes that example could probably be done in Solidworks, but it would take a hell of a lot of setting up. Like many others I am very interested in this development for Keyshot. HyperMove was a total dismal failure in my eyes - overpriced, buggy, and too limited for the price. I did consider buying it but in the end opted for Modo. I think that is maybe going to be the issue for many - HyperMove promised a lot but delivered little, so those of us that found we did have a need started looking for alternatives, and as a Solidworks user Modo was the obvious answer.

Having said all that though, Modo does have a fairly steep learning curve (compared to Keyshot) and getting renders like you get from Keyshot is not immediately obvious - it takes a good deal of time and practise.

I'll be very interested to see how Keyshot's animation compares in terms of ease of use and cost.


  • Guest
Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 05:13:36 am »
We know exactly what NOT to do when it comes to animation.

Also @eric, we will of course continue to improve the rendering engine.

Offline Speedster

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 07:43:59 am »
I'm very excited by the possibility of KeyShot Animation!  And I trust the KS team to do it right- they have so far!  I've been doing a lot of stop-motion animation in KeyShot lately, fortunately for my client's website, so the images are small.  It can be done now in KS, but it's painstaking and you really have to run a log of motion positions.  The nastiest was a "rotative-translation" for want of a better description, in which a 3 cm pitch four-start threaded thumb-nut drives another component along a threaded shaft.  Because of the fast pitch I had to render the nut in 2 degree increments, with corresponding travel to match the pitch.  But, it worked, and I'll share it as soon as my client approves public release.

I'll mention that I also use SimLab Animator, which is very good, but I use it as I can output as a 3D-PDF.  These are for active operator manuals.

I'm really lloking forward to KeyShot Animation!!  It's going to be a powerful tool for us, and an additional profit center for KS and ourselves to boot.

Bill G

Offline eric

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011, 12:14:53 pm »
Ok i think we are on the same line.
I just wanted to be sure that the development direction of Keyshot will not be only towards animation.

Of course if you can convince me in the same way that Keyshot convinced me to become the renderer we use the most it would be great.

On the other hand: If I look at what we use Keyshot for now:
set up a very quick scene and render it directly with realtime screenshot.
It's really great and it can never be quick enough. So please keep this strong features.

I Also tried Showcase. It looks rather spectacular and also is intuitive, but it just takes much longer to load and set up a model.
Then you already loose me.

We notice ourselves less and less using the render button in Keyshot. Why? Because at the moment you hit the render button your workstation is blocked for other work.

Thats also what bothers me in animation programs.

I think that before you start the animation introduction you should add the possibility to render while you can flexible add more workstations to the job. So serious flexible network rendering.

If I have to do serious animation with lots of moving objects and a large storyboard I use 3DSmax.
If I have to do serious flexible network rendering I use Maxwell.
If I have to do a quick simple technical simulation animation I use Solidworks

If I have do do a quick good quality visualisation I use Keyshot.
The last is by far the most fun and easiest to use.

So I wonder is Keyshot's next release strong enough to make me get rid of Maxwell or 3DSmax?
I surely hope so because I'd rather pay my anual license fee's to a strong Keyshot than keeping 3 different programs.

If i cannot get rid of one of the other programs, I'd rather have a Keyshot that improves what it is already good at.

Mind that the above is not criticism towards the Keyshot team.
We all just want to improve the program that we love the most!

Offline BurrMan

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2011, 06:43:16 pm »
Speedster just mentioned the simlab animation software.. I think they have setup a unique system, which for me, was very powerful in rendering animations that were set to take roughly 3-4 days of my dual quadcore xeon with a quadro fx 5600..  The system essentially was a Movie compiler, so rendering the animation was just rendering the sequence with the keyshot render engine in structured folders, then a movie compiler to manage the folders into a movie.. I could render different parts and sequences with different values... Return and re-render and replace very specific sections without redoing and entire set...I could break out a small focus sections and render them at extremly high detailed values... Worth takin a look and considering...

Offline Ed

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2011, 09:26:03 pm »
I like the SimLab two-step process as well, because you can also import the rendered sequential frames into a program like Adobe AfterEffects, do additional post work & effects layers, and make the final movie from AE.


Offline eric

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2011, 10:14:38 am »
Can you explain how to render a sequence from Simlab composer using the Keyshot renderer?
Can this be done automatically?

Offline BurrMan

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2011, 05:15:06 pm »
The simlab render engine "IS" the luxion render engine. No realtime though, and dont know what version they have licensed.

Offline youngt913

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 05:58:53 am »
that would be cool animation for keyshot nice im waiting on the release date to try it out

Offline PhilippeV8

Re: Keyshot 3 with Animation?
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 03:13:58 pm »
I am using 3D Via composer for 3D animations, which is relatively simple to learn/use .. though the end result also looks quite simple.  No real shadow/reflection/... So I am very curious to see the interface, the work-flow, the limitations, ...
I for one know that the way a camera moves is VERY important.  And 3D Via got it wrong.  There is no "speed up" and "speed down" motion from the camera.  It just starts moving 100% speed ... so it's not fluent.
It will be interesting to see which of all these animation options will be in KS3 ...