Camera Circle
Camera circle is a basic utility to rotate camera around some origin and make a show or generate images
Camera Circle

New in version 1.5:

  • Mainly bug fixe about some blocking case
  • Improved help

New in version 1.3:

  • Removed blocking option
  • Display ETA, to restart a stopped image generation
  • Possibility to choose the center independentl of the axes
  • Choose start position (to restart a stopped image generation).

New in version 1.2 :

  • choice to export in png or jpg
  • possibility to export with transparent background

Camera Circle is a basic utility to rotate camera around some origin and make a show or generate images.

From the bunch of images you get, you can easily make a movie with any video editing software.

  Select images folder: select the direcrory were computed images are saved.
  Edit config: choose various configuration options, see below.
  Make show: only display the rotating show, no images created.
  Make images: display the rotating show and create images.
  Stop: stop show and images computation.
  Help: show this message.
  About: about this utility.

  Center origin: center the camera view on the axes origin.
  Duration: duration of rotation in seconds.
  Loop: for show only, keep rotating for ever.
  Arc: specify the degrees of the rotation, 360 for full circle, negative to reverse direction.
  FPS: for images generation, number of frames per second.
  Images prefix: for images generation, prefix of the generated images files.
  Width: for images generation, width in pixels of images.
  Height: for images generation, height in pixels of images.
  Antialias: for images generation, use antialias.
  Blocking: for images generation, lock the process. WARNING: using this option will lock the application during the (maybe long) duration of images generation. Do not set this option or you may need to kill the application and lose your model.

License : MIT



Does it work with Vray?

Jérôme C's picture

SU 2016 hangs indefinitely whenever I click on "Make show"... The plugin is impossible to use.

Edit :
I finally made it work by doing the following :
1) press "Alt" when SU is frozen to make the "Config" window appear
2) select the "Orbit" tool for the show to begin

JeanDo L.'s picture


We were finally able to reproduce the kind of problem you described. Sorry for the delay but it tool some time.

New version with fix is online

Thanks for the report.

László H's picture

How to use this tool?
Both "Make show" and "Make images" functions does nothing for me.

Federico G.'s picture

me neither. how does it work?

JeanDo L.'s picture

Which version of sketchup do you use ?

Federico G.'s picture

I use Sketchup 2015.

JeanDo L.'s picture

It works only from Sketchup 2016 as it uses the method Axes that was not available before.

Federico G.'s picture

Thanks! i had understood that the method from the origin was not available, not the axes.
Thank you!

JeanDo L.'s picture

A bit strange.

Careful it works only on Sketchup 2016 as the method Axes did not exist before.

If you are on SKP 2106, then go into the menu / Edit config to set up what you need (loop, speed etc.), then Make show should make your view circle around the building immediately.


jcohen71's picture

Works as described with intuitive menu options.

As a side note, it's pretty cool that the first version of this extension was uploaded on Apr 18th, and then I show up needing this exact function just a day later. That's what I love about the SketchUp community. Thanks JeanDo L!!