Camera Spiral

Camera Spiral Sketchup Extension

You can download for free Camera Spiral (signed extension signée for SU, Windows and OSX) here or on the extension Warehouse.

In version 1.5:

  • bugfix “Blocking when choosing center view”
  • Improved Help files

In version 1.3: Allows to choose the center of the rotation

Source code of Camera Spiral (MIT license).

Camera Circle is a Sketchup extension to spiral around your model around some points, radius and distance evolving between a starting and an ending position.

You may visualize the show or generate images to prepare a video.

A nice example on the Sketchup model of Arecibo radiotelescope. Sketchup model by Brian C. on the 3DWarehouse.

Colors represent the number of hours of direct sun on surfaces calculated with SunExposure.


  • Select images folder: select the directory were computed images are saved.
  • Edit config: choose various configuration options, see below.
  • Set start position: choose current view as starting position.
  • Set end position: choose current view as ending position.
  • 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: center the camera view on either axe origin, start position or progressive move from start to end position.
  • Duration: duration of rotation in seconds.
  • Loop: for show only, keep rotating for ever.
  • Rotations: specify the number of rotations, 1.0 for one 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.
  • Image type: for images generation, choose either JPG or PNG format.
  • Transparency: for images generation, set background to transparent.
  • 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.