Creating Animated GIFs from ARCHICAD

Animated GIFs are an image encoded in graphics interchange format (GIF),which contains a number of images or frames in a single file and is described by its own graphic control extension. The frames are presented in a specific order in order to convey animation. An animated GIF can loop endlessly or stop after a few sequences.

Animated GIFs provide a useful method for presenting or visualising architectural concepts, the design process, or construction phases, quickly an efficiently. They allow a sequence of images to be combined into a simple animation, without large file sizes or additional software to view them. There is also free software available to combine the separate images into an animated GIF.

The individual images need can be created in ARCHICAD, saving each required image as a View to ensure it is set up with a consistent zoom and position. ARCHICAD’s different project filters, such as renovation filters and graphic overrides, can then be used to display different stages of the project or to show different information. This could be in 2D or 3D, or as rendered images.

Once the separate images have been exported from ARCHICAD, free software can be used to combine them into a single GIF. Each image will form a different layer in the final animated GIF.

See below for an example from the Carlton renovation project:

Animated GIFs

For more ARCHICAD tips and tricks, see our YouTube channel, or Tips & Tricks blog.

  • fusionBIM

    Nice video and short practical tip. Jip! GIFs in Architecture / Design is becoming a hot trend. It is actually very useful in communicating project concepts and visualization. Especially GIFs of details / assemblies convey a whole new level of understanding.

    Setting up these saved views in a Publisher set would save time vs manual rendering and saving the images out.