1. Rendering an Animation is ofcourse possible in solidworks. Example attached.
Design the parts and put them in an assembly
Create an exploded view with your parts (this is the Basic Animation you are looking for)
You can then Switch to Motion study and fine tune the Animation with different camera view, part transparency etc. There are quite a few Features you can explore. You have the Chance to save the Animation as a Video file.
Here you can also choose 'photo view' Rendering Option during creating the Animation to get a HD Quality animation