VideoTrace on Google 3D Warehouse

If you’re not already familiar with it, the Google 3D Warehouse is an online repository for sharing 3D models. It’s completely free for anyone to use, and it’s getting bigger every day. You can learn more about it here.

You can now easily use the 3D Warehouse to post examples of what you’ve created using VideoTrace, and to see what others are creating. We’ve added a VideoTrace models collection to the warehouse to make things easy for you to find, and we’d love to have you add your own contributions to the collection.

From beta version 0.3.2 onwards VideoTrace can export models in the KMZ format used by Google Earth and SketchUp. This also means you can upload models created using VideoTrace to the Google 3D Warehouse, without needing to first convert them using SketchUp. You can also download models that other people have created and save them in KMZ or Collada format, for use in various 3D modelling tools.

Here’s how to contribute your own VideoTrace models to the collection on the 3D Warehouse:

  • Create your 3D model using VideoTrace.
  • Select ‘Export 3D Scene…’ from the File menu and choose the KMZ format, then save the exported model.
  • Log in to the 3D Warehouse using your Google account (you may need to add some extra details in order to use the warehouse). Once you’re logged in, click the ‘Upload’ button at the top right of the main 3D Warehouse page.
  • Select the KMZ file you just created and enter all the required information (you’ll also need to create a small thumbnail image of the model) – be sure to include ‘VideoTrace’ as one of the Tags for your model.
  • Make sure the model is ‘Publicly-viewable’ (under Sharing Settings), then upload your model.
  • Your model is now in the 3D Warehouse!

Next, add your model to the VideoTrace models collection:

  • Below the thumbnail on your model’s webpage, click the ‘Share’ button and select ‘Get the link to share’.
  • Copy the URL that pops up.
  • Go to the VideoTrace models collection page.
  • Select ‘contact the owner’, which you’ll find below the Punchcard logo and collection description.
  • Select ‘Model suggestion for 3D collection “VideoTrace models”.
  • Paste the link to your model in the ‘Message’ box.
  • Click ‘Send Message’ – and you’re done!
You can also see the SketchUp Help document on adding models to collections if you need more information.It’s also a good idea to set a Ground Plane for your model before exporting, which ensures that it’s correctly oriented when imported into other tools.  Here’s how to do that:

  • If it doesn’t already have one, create a surface for the base of your model.
  • Using the Snap Plane tool, click on that surface – this will set the snapping plane to the base of the model. If necessary, click ‘Flip Plane’ to make sure that the red arrow is pointing upwards.
  • Select ‘Set Ground from Snapping Plane’ from the Task menu.
  • Save and export your model.
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of new content from all of our VideoTrace beta users, so be sure to upload some of your favourite models and browse through the collection. Have fun!
Jeremy.

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