Creating a Walkthrough of Final View Renderings

Reference Number: KB-00515
Last Modified: March 29, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


When I create a walkthrough in Home Designer Pro, the quality is that of a preview rendering, and I would like the resulting file to be composed of a final view renderings with shadows. How do I make a walkthrough movie that is composed of final view renderings?


A walkthrough is a series of image frames rendered into a video and saved in either an .avi (Windows Media Player, etc.) format for Windows, or a .mov (Quicktime) for Mac.

The quality of walkthrough videos depends on the quality settings of standard Floor Cameras. To create a high quality walkthrough movie, you will need to adjust your Camera Defaults as well as the Preferences on the Render panel for Preview Options in order to mimic that of a Final View with Shadows. Use the following procedure to create a walkthrough file composed of final view renderings.

Keep in mind that generating a walkthrough created using Final View with Shadows settings will take significantly longer to generate than a standard preview walkthrough.

To adjust the Render Preferences

  1. Select Edit> Preferences , then select on the Render panel.

  2. Make a note of the default settings in this dialog so that you can return to them after your walkthrough is generated.

  3. Next, under Preview Options, edit the settings to match the Final View Options by setting by:

    • Setting Software Edge Smoothing to 80%.

    • Place a checkmark next to Reflections in Mirrors.

    • If you are using Home Designer 2016 or prior, place a checkmark next to Show Shadows.

    • Specify a Codec from the drop down menu. To learn more about specifying video codecs for Walkthroughs, see the appropriate link in the Related Articles section at the end of this page.

  4. Click OK to apply these changes to your Preferences.

To adjust the camera defaults 

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings .

  2. Under Camera, select General Camera and then click the Edit button.

  3. Under the Perspective View Options, place a checkmark next to Show Shadows.

  4. Click OK and Done.

Once you have set up your Camera Defaults and Preferences so that standard preview renderings will generate the same quality as a Final View with Shadows, you are ready to record.

There are two ways to record a walkthrough:

  • Draw a path in floor plan view using the CAD tools, then direct the program to record a walkthrough along that path.

  • Create a 3D view, then begin recording and use the Move Camera tools to navigate through the view.

To record a walkthrough along a path

  1. Select 3D> Walkthrough> Create Walkthrough Path , and draw a path in floor plan view that travels through your plan, then select the polyline or spline path.

    More information on using the Walkthrough Path tool can be found linked in the Related Articles section at the bottom of this tutorial.

  2. Next, in floor plan view, select the walkthrough path and on the Edit Toolbar click Record Walkthrough Along Path .

  3. In the Save Video As dialog, choose a location to save the video file to and give it a name.

  4. In the Walkthrough Options dialog:

    • Specify the desired number of Frames Per Second, between 1 and 100.

      A higher number results in a higher quality recording but also a larger .avi file.

    • Specify a Duration Along Path, in seconds.

    • The Total Frames to Record displays for reference, and is equal to the Frames Per Second multiplied by the Duration along Path.

    • Specify a Compression percentage between 0 and 100.

      A value of 0 gives the highest quality images and largest file sizes.

    • Leave the Rendering Technique at Standard.

    • Click OK.

  5. To cancel the recording as it is being created, press the ESC key on your keyboard.

    If you resize the current view window while recording a walkthrough, the program will also stop recording.

To record a walkthrough frame by frame

  1. Create a camera view. This view is the first frame of the walkthrough.

  2. From the view, select 3D> Walkthroughs> Record Walkthrough .

  3. Specify a location and name for the walkthrough in the Save Video As dialog and click Save.

  4. In the walkthrough Options dialog:

    • Select a Frame Rate between 1 and 100. The value entered is the number of frames per second.

    • Select a Compression percent between 0 and 100. A value of 0 gives the highest quality images and the largest file size.

  5. Click OK, then select 3D> Move Camera  or use the keyboard hotkeys to create additional views.

    • F - Forward
    • B - Backward
    • L - Left
    • R - Right
    • U - Up
    • D - Down
    • You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward, backward, or rotate left and right respectively.

    Each time the screen redraws, that view is recorded as the next frame in sequence.

    Zooming in and out, or using the scroll bars, does not change the viewpoint so it does not produce a frame for the walkthrough.

  6. To move the camera without saving a view, select 3D> Walkthroughs> Pause Recording  to temporarily stop recording.

    You can then select 3D> Walkthroughs> Save Frame  button to control which views are saved.

    You can start recording again by selecting Pause Recording once more.

  7. When the walkthrough sequence is complete, select 3D> Walkthroughs> Stop Recording , or close the view.

To play a walkthrough

  1. Select 3D> Walkthroughs> Play Walkthrough to open the Select Video File dialog.

  2. Browse to a video file saved on your computer, select it and press Open. Your default video application plays the walkthrough.

  3. Once you are satisfied with your walkthrough, return to the Preferences  and Default Settings  dialogs, and restore the Render Preview Options and Perspective View Options back to their previous values.