Twinmotion 2020 Animation Tips and Tricks

What’s happening ladies and gentlemen, this is Minh from Architecture Inspirations. Today I’m going to show you some tips and tricks for creating an animation in Twinmotion 2020. Let’s get started 1. Animation Basics First, let’s talk about the basics of creating an animation in Twinmotion. We can start by going to the Media mode, choose Video and click the big plus button to start creating our video. You can see that the first keyframe has been added automatically. Now we can move the camera in the viewport, and click the plus button to add the second keyframe. Now you can preview the movie clip by using these controls here. The left and right buttons let you go to the first and last key frames, and the middle one let you play and pause the video. By default, the length will be at 10 seconds, but you can change it by typing in a specific value here. Remember to use a speed that’s not too fast. You can also drag the vertical line to scroll through the video. Similar to creating an image, you can change the settings of the whole movie clip using the Settings button. For example, if I change the Field of View here, then all the keyframes will be affected.

Alternatively, you can change the settings for each keyframe separately using the More button under each keyframe. For example, I will change the color gradient for this keyframe like so. You can see the previous keyframe is not affected but I can copy and paste the settings from one keyframe to another to make them match. There we go, now you can repeat this process to add more keyframes to the clip. If I want to delete a key frame, I can click on the 3 dots and delete, I can also press Delete on my keyboard as well. Note that you can always change the camera view and update the keyframe by using the recapture button. Instead of adding more keyframes in one clip, I can create a new part by clicking this plus button. Then use the same process to create your camera path. As you can see, this will allow us to have multiple parts with different camera paths. When working with multiple parts, you can collapse the parts with this button, and if you click again then the parts will be expanded. You can also select a specific part and collapse or expand it separately. After you collapse the parts, you will see a new setting. Clicking on it will let you change the transition. By default it is set to “Cut”, but you can change it to “Fade to black” or “Fade to white”. Adding a transition to the beginning or the end of the whole video can make it fade in and out smoothly. You can also reposition each part by dragging it like so. Those are the basics of creating an animation in Twinmotion 2020. Now let’s talk about creating cool effects 2. Time-lapse effect The first effect I’m going to show you is the Time-lapse effect. A time-lapse is simply a video where time seems to move by really fast. To do this, you need to have different time settings for your keyframes. I will set the time to sometime in the morning for my first keyframe, and for my second keyframe, I will change the time to later in the day. I can also go to the weather tab, effects, and increase the wind speed so that the clouds move faster. That looks good! If I add another keyframe, you can see that I need to edit the settings for the new keyframe to make the timelapse effect work. But instead, I can click on the three dots and choose Start and End Ambiance.

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This allow me to adjust the settings for the start and end of the entire video without having to adjust the settings for each keyframe. Now you can repeat the same process as before to create a time-lapse effect. 3. Vegetation Growth Effect You can use the vegetation growth effect to make your timelapse even better. To do that, you can go to the weather setting and adjust the growth slider for each keyframe. I will set the growth slider to 0.1 for the Start keyframe, and for the End keyframe, I will increase it until it looks good. As you can see, the vegetation growth effect allows us to show the clients how the vegetation will affect an architectural design as time passes. 4. Phasing Effect The phasing effect is useful for demonstrating the building process of your architectural design. For this effect to work correctly, I need to set up the project with multiple phases. You can do it inside your 3d software before importing but in this case, I used the Twinmotion asset manager to separate the model into different folders for all the Phases. Next, I will click here and select Phasing, then use the dropdown arrow to see more options. Now I will use the asset manager to hide certain objects and only show the objects that I want to see in Phase 1. Then I can click the plus button to create a new Phase and rename this as Phase 1. Next, unhide Phase 2, and click the plus button again and rename as Phase 2. Now just repeat this process for as many Phases as you need. You can see that I have 3 keyframes for this timelapse, but I will add two more so we have enough for all 5 phases. Then go to the settings for the first keyframe, and go to Camera, Phase, choose Phase 1. Now just repeat this process for all the keyframes. That looks good, but I’ll add an extra keyframe at the end to make it a little longer. 5. Animated Objects and Effects When creating animation, you can also add some animated objects. For example, here I added construction workers in different phases to make the scene look more lively. There are also animated effects in the library. I will add a fire effect for this fire pit, and I’ll add some smoke as well. That looks good! 6. Moving Objects Effect Besides using animated objects and effects, you can also animate them on a path. To add some cars to this highway scene, I will first go to Context, and choose Paths. Here I have several options, but I will choose to create a Vehicle Path. Now I can click on the Pen tool and start drawing a path for the cars. I can left click to start adding more points to the path and I can right click to finish. I can always go back and adjust the existing points or click on the plus button to add more points. This will help me fine-tune the curve of the path. Once you’re happy with it, you can edit it with these settings here. The first one let you control the amount of lanes. The second one will let you make it 2 directional. The lane offset will increase the size of the lane. While the density will control the amount of cars on the path at once. Then you can also change the speed with this slider, or you can manually type in a specific value. And you can change the traffic rule to left hand or right hand as well. Finally you can reverse the direction here. There we go, looks good! 7. Animating Rain & Snow Effect To animate the rain effect, I will go to the settings of my first keyframe, and then adjust the weather so that it’s completely sunny. Then I can go to my second keyframe and adjust the weather so that it’s completely cloudy and rainy. As you can see, this will create a time-lapse effect where the weather changes from sunny to rainy. It looks good but I will add another keyframe at the end, and increase the clip length to 10 seconds. This will allow me to see the rain effect a little longer. I can also increase the wind speed a bit to add some movement to the clouds like so. That looks good! For the snow effect, I can use the Single Ambiance Settings, and go to weather and change the season to Winter to add some snow to the scene. Then I can change from sunny to cloudy to have some snow falling but it’s a little too dark, and I want some sunlight so I will slide it back a little. If it’s still a little dark, then I can change the exposure to make it a little brighter. 8. Video Texture Effect As I mentioned in my previous video, you can now use a video as a texture. This allows you to create TV screen effect like this or as seen in the Twinmotion 2020 trailer. You can also use a video with an alpha channel to create moving people like this 9. Depth of Field Effect Next is Depth of Field effect, which is a good effect to control the focus of the camera Here I have a clip with the first keyframe focusing on a rock on the foreground, and the second keyframe focusing on the cabin in the background. To create the depth of field effect, I will go to the camera settings of the first keyframe and turn on depth of field, I can click on More to change more settings such as aperture, field of view, and distance. I can use the distance slider to make the camera focus on the rock or I can use the autofocus tool and click on a spot on the scene where I want the camera to focus on. Then I can repeat this process for the second keyframe and use the autofocus tool again to focus the camera on the house. There we go, let’s take a look at the clip. As you can see the Depth of Field Effect is a good way to control the story of your animation. Pretty cool huh? 10. Sound Effects In the Twinmotion library, there are sound effects that you can use to enhance your animation. For this scene, I will use the calm forest sound effect. Each sound effect has several settings such as the on and off button, the volume slider, the size, which determines the area where you can hear the sound, and the shape, which controls the shape of that area. For the forest sound effect, I can make the size really big to cover the whole scene. And I will add a fire sound effect but I will make it smaller so that I can only hear it when I’m closer to the firepit. You can also use different sound effects for different scenes and then use the asset manager to turn on and off the sound effects for those scenes. This will allow you to create multiple interactive environments in one model. However note that sound effects only work in the viewport and in the presenter but not for exported videos. But this is still a good way to make your model more interactive especially when using the Presenter. Finally let’s talk about exporting your movie clips. Before exporting, you can choose the output size here. If you go to export and click here, then you can choose the video that you want to export. If you click on more, you will see more options. For example you can choose specific clips that you want to export as separate files. ou can also choose the format and the frame rate. There are different modes that you can choose as well, for example, here’s a 360 video exported from Twinmotion where you can move around while the video is playing But in this case, I will choose the standard mode. I will also turn on Refinement and max lighting for better reflections and overall quality. And those are the tips for creating an animation in Twinmotion 2020. If you want to get this software, then follow this link here. That’s all for today guys, leave a like if you enjoyed the video, comment below and let me know what you think of the new version. Stay inspired guys, and I will see you, next time 😉

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