preview animations

What is the best way in Blender to preview an animation clip without rendering? Using Alt+A is very slow. Can’t you produce an AVI or something like it from the wireframe or solid mode?

On the 3D View header bar the very right-most button is the “Render this window” button. (All it does is draw the window into an image instead of into the window.)

Hold the Ctrl key and press it.

Once done, you can play back your AVI to see it work.

The other way is to press F10 twice and toggle the “Sync” button. Then Alt-A will skip frames as necessary so that the animation plays at full-speed.

Hope this helps.

thanks so much, that’s exactly what I was looking for…