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Hello Paul,
thank you for posting your question.

I recommend the Ultimate edition, however the animation path feature is also included in the Platinum edition https://www.myarchitect3d.com/architect-3d-platinum

The Animation Path is a way for you to create a movie-like navigation path through or around your design. You can create a number of paths to view your design, set the viewing elevation, speed, and other settings. You can even export the animation as an .AVI file.

Along the path you set cue points in which points you can freely adjust the camera positing.  Set points more frequently and have the camera moving slow to show all details of the room. Speed through the hallways by settings cue points in both ends of the corridor.

To change a segment’s viewing position

1 Open a 3D view window.

2 Right-click the segment you want to update and choose Update 3D From Animation Segment from the context menu. The 3D view updates to position itself at that segment.

3 Adjust the 3D view so it is positioned in the direction you want to face while viewing the animation. You can use the Viewpoint icon in the 2D design window or the Walk-Through Tool in the 3D View window. The animation path is updated based on the view(s) you’ve set.

(optional) To preview a segment on the path, select the segment and click 3D menu > Animations > Preview Selected.

Animation path properties are available to control the display of the path in the design window as well as the playback behavior. You can edit the animation path properties before or after you draw.

Note: Always press the ENTER to accept new values in a text box.

■Segment Length defines the playback length for each segment in the path.

■Curve options control curvature. For more information, see “Changing Curve Tension”, which begins on page 246.

■Display checkboxes control the options that are displayed in the 2D design window. Selected options are displayed; deselected options are hidden. By default, paths display their elevation, segment time, view angle, and path name.

■Fade checkboxes allow you to specify a fade effect at the beginning, end, or both for your path(s). This is especially helpful when you’ve defined more than one animation path in your drawing because the transitions between the paths appear smoother.

Note: You can customize the fade color during export.

■Preview Speed slider increases or decreases the preview playback speed.Animation path properties are available to control the display of the path in the design window as well as the playback behavior. You can edit the animation path properties before or after you draw.

Note: Always press the ENTER to accept new values in a text box.

■Segment Length defines the playback length for each segment in the path.

■Curve options control curvature. For more information, see “Changing Curve Tension”, which begins on page 246.

■Display checkboxes control the options that are displayed in the 2D design window. Selected options are displayed; deselected options are hidden. By default, paths display their elevation, segment time, view angle, and path name.

■Fade checkboxes allow you to specify a fade effect at the beginning, end, or both for your path(s). This is especially helpful when you’ve defined more than one animation path in your drawing because the transitions between the paths appear smoother.

Note: You can customize the fade color during export.

■Preview Speed slider increases or decreases the preview playback speed.

To export animation

1 Click File menu > Export > Animation. The Animation Export Settings dialog box is displayed.

2 Specify the export settings you want.

■ Video Size slider defines the size of the

exported video. As you drag the slider, a

preview is displayed.

■ Video Quality slider allows you to define a

Quick, High Quality, or Ultra-High video.

■ Render Shadows On Export checkbox

enables shadows in the exported video

when selected; shadows are excluded

when deselected.

■ Play After Export checkbox opens the

exported video after the file is saved.

■ Fade Color allows you to define the color

of the fade effect.

3 Click OK. The Export Animation Video dialog box is displayed.

4 Browse to the folder where you want the video to be exported and type a new file name. Architect 3D automatically adds the extension.

5 Click Save. The video file is exported to the location you’ve specified.

To play the animated path, navigate to the file location and open the file. The AVI file opens in your default media player.

Kind regards,
Architect 3D Support team