Using Walkthrough Paths

Reference Number: KB-02021
Last Modified: June 21, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to record a video tour of my plan. How can I do this using Chief Architect?


The Create Walkthrough Path  tool allows you to record a video going through your structure slowing and panning at key points to create that perfect presentation for your clients. In this tutorial we cover making the path and setting key frames.  You can watch a sample walkthrough video here: Walk Through Video


To create a basic walkthrough

  1. From a Floor Plan view click 3D> Walkthroughs> Create Walkthrough Path .

  2. Decide which direction you want your walkthrough to move along. Click and drag to draw the walkthrough path in your floor plan view in the direction you have chosen.

  3. If you would like to create more segments to your walkthrough, this can be done by moving the mouse cursor over the camera symbol on the end of the line segment, then click and drag the camera again and again. This will continue adding segments to your spline. 

  4. The line between two segments will convert into a spline when the mouse button is released.

    When a walkthrough path stops at the bottom of a set of stairs it will automatically extend the path up, or down the stairs to the next floor where you can continue the path through the next floor's rooms.

To modify the path

Notice the edit handles of the segments drawn when the path is selected. To get more control over the shape of the path, or to smooth out the curves use the Break Line Edit tool to add additional edit handles.


Using key frames

  1.  Using the Select Objects  tool select your walkthrough path and click the Add Key Frame  edit button.

  2.  Click on the walkthrough path where you would like to place the key frame, and with the edit handles you can modify the key frame however you would like.

  3. You can click Open Object  and modify the different key frames as well.


To record the walkthrough

  1. With the walkthrough path selected, click Record Walkthrough Along Path .

  2. Choose a location to save the AVI file, or MOV file if you are using a Mac.

  3. Select your recording options.

    • Choose how many Frames Per Second,The recommended value is 30. Values 0-100 can be used however the more frames per second, the bigger the end video file will be. 
    • Choose the Duration Along Path.
    • Total Frames to Record shows for reference and equals the Frames per Second multiplied by the Duration Along Path.
    • Set the desired Compression percentage, the recommended is 75%. A lower compression rate will result in higher quality video but also increases the size of the video file.
    • Choose the Rendering Technique to use.

  4. Click OK to start the recording process.

To play a walkthrough

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

  2. Browse to the .avi or .mov file saved on your computer and click Open. Your default video application will open and play the walkthrough video.

    Note: If you are having trouble playing the video try using a different codec for recording. Please review article KB-00076: Specifying What Video Codecs to use for Walkthroughs linked below.