Making a Walkthrough Composed of Final View Renderings

Reference Number: KB-00514
Last Modified: October 13, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to create a walkthrough, but I would like the resulting movie file to be composed of Final View renderings, instead of previews. How do I do this?


With the exception of Vector Views, 3D views are generated using the Preview settings in the Preferences dialog. Rather than produce the best quality possible, the installed settings for Previews generate 3D views quickly but with reasonable quality, and are best when working on the model in 3D.

Final Views produce much higher quality images that are more suitable for printing or saving as graphics files. Final Views often take significantly longer to generate than Previews, so the 3D view reverts back to the Preview settings as soon as anything is changed within the view.

Walkthroughs use camera views generated using the Preview Options of Preferences. To create a walkthrough using Final View settings we need to update the Preview Options to match the Final View Options.


To set up Preferences for final views

  1. Select Edit> Preferences  from the menu in Windows or if you are on a Mac, select Chief Architect> Preferences

  2. On the Render panel of the Preferences dialog make note of the Preview Options settings:


  3. Next, match the Preview Options with the Final View Options by turning on Reflections in Mirrors and setting the Software Edge Smoothing 80%. 

    Note: Remember that the settings in the Preferences dialog are global, affecting all plan files.  

To create a walkthrough path

  1. From the menu select 3d> Walkthroughs> Create Walkthrough Path .

  2. Click and drag to create the walkthrough path.

    Please visit KB-02021: Using Walkthrough Paths to review how to add key frames using the Walkthrough Along Path tool.

  3. Once the path is created and desired key frames added select the walkthrough path in plan view and then click the Record Walkthrough Along Path tool.

  4. Choose a location to save the video file and give it a name.

  5. In the Walkthrough Options dialog specify the desired settings and click OK.

    • Frames Per Second - Input a value of 0-100, more frames per second results in higher quality video but also increases the file size. 30 is recommended.
    • Duration Along Path - Shows ho long it will take to get from start to finish of the Walkthrough path
    • Total Frames to Record shows for reference and equals the Frames Per Second multiplied by the Duration.
    • Compression - 0% mean there is no compression of the video however this will result in high file sizes. 75% compression is recommended.
    • Render Technique - Leave this as Standard to create the Final View Walkthrough.

To play a walkthrough

  1. Select 3D> Walkthroughs> Play Walkthrough

  2. Browse to where you choose to save the video file. Select the video and click Open.

  3. The video will open in your default Media Player.

    Note: If you experience trouble playing your video it is recommended to try a different video codec. You can change the default video codec in Preferences. Please review article KB-00076: Specifying What Video Codecs to use for Walkthroughs linked below for more information on codecs.