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Questions on Mathematica's ability to create "moving pictures" from its graphical output, including exporting these animations to other formats.

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How to create animated snowfall?

Well, the title is self-explanatory. What sorts of snowfall can we generate using Mathematica? There are two options I suggest to consider: 1) Continuous GIF animations with smallest possible number ...
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Creating an animation illustrating the time-evolution of a pre-computed orbit

As the title says, I would like to use Mathematica in order to create an animation depicting the time-evolution of a three-dimensional (3D) orbit. To begin with, I have an ASCII file which contains ...
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Why animator smoothes dynamic updates, or how to make pacman drink beer

How could I make a pacman drink beer in Mathematica? This is what I have so far ...
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how to draw a moving point on a curve?

I almost remember an example that has a moving red point on a given curve, which will moving time and time again, with no controls... now, here is my question: given a curve by ...
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Why can't Mathematica parallelize this?

The following code makes mathematica print "ParallelTable::nopar1: [...] cannot be parallelized; proceeding with sequential evaluation." ...
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How to eliminate the backward play in Export of Manipulate?

I find that the Export of Manipuate contains backforward play, see a simplified example: ...
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How can I completely remove the ListAnimate controls?

I want to use ListAnimate to show an animation but I want to remove the slider and all of the buttons from the top and show the animation panel only. There is an ...
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Animating mathematica.se logo

As we all know our site's logo was completely generated by Mathematica. I suppose it is quite natural to make the next step -- to generate the animated version of this logo. There's a lot of space for ...
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Exporting to quicktime in linux version?

In MMA (8.0.0/Linux), I tried to to create an animation using the command Export["s4s5mov.mov", listOfFigures] and got the output Doing a little research, one ...
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Why is my animation so slow?

I have an animated plot of the kind ...
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Animate the scattering of a Wave Packet

I know mathematica is probably not the best choice for intense numerical integration, but its the only software I know. I would like to create an animation (not real-time, but pre-render the ...
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Make ControlActive respond faster within Animate

The following code uses Animate to create an animation that displays as {t, "Inactive"} when paused, and {t, "Active"} when running: ...
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How to add a short wav music clip into a Mathematica animation

I have the following Mathematica animation: Animate[Plot[k*x^2, {x, -2, 2}, PlotRange -> {{-2, 2}, {-10, 10}}], {k, -2, 2, 0.1}] I also have a sound file ...
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How to create this four-dimensional cube animation?

This is a tesseract, a four-dimensional cube, which contains two cubes. Here, each side length of the smaller one is 1, while the side length of the bigger one is 2. How do make I it? I am still ...
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Animation of Differential Equations from NDSolve with ParametricPlot3D and Evaluate

I have a system of differential equations (referred to as "s") and use NDSolve to obtain the solution. I substitute the interpolated functions for the original ...
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Making mathematical animations with Mathematica

I recently stumbled upon the Cycloid and was working on finding its length and such when I found this animation on Wikipedia. Strikingly pretty and small in size too (66KB) So on searching how he ...
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How to do System dynamics simulations / diagrams in Mathematica?

System dynamics is an approach to understanding the behaviour of complex systems over time. It deals with internal feedback loops and time delays that affect the behaviour of the entire system. What ...
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How can I make a list animation of images that fade in and out?

I'm not sure how to get a "fade in" effect.
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Color based on (discrete) derivative of function

I am making a very basic stock simulation. I want ListLinePlot to color my stock viewer based on whether the price went up or down from the previous price. Here is ...
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Export Animate command to MOV video

I'm trying to export a rather complex Animate command into a full-HD resolution video, but having no success so far. The animation has around 520 frames (the number ...
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How can I animate a set of points imported from file?

I have an external program which generates a set of data - X points at the time t1, X points at the time t2 and so on. These points are stored in CSV file and I can change the format if necessary. ...
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When exporting an (animated) GIF, is it possible to specify the size of the color palette?

I've exported an animation to animated GIF, which generated a 15mb file. I've been asked if I could regenerate the file, limiting it to only 16 colors, but I can't find any documentation on how I ...
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Animate a position change along the curve for every iteration

I've only had few previous experiences on Mathematica before. So basically an entry-level question that harasses a rookie like me. I made the following attempt using bisection method to calculate ...
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Animating a 3-D arrow given the vector's x, y, and z components as a function of time

I am trying to show how a vector M varies over time. I have the following code: ...
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Animation: presenting events that persist in time

I have a list of events that occurred on specific moments in time. In the example below, the three events occurred at 23:09, 23:13 and 23:17. I was able to build an animation that flows from time ...
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Rotating an image along a Möbius strip?

I am trying to make a GIF which will be a rotating Möbius strip, with some text printed along its (one!) side. I am trying to (obviously) do this in Mathematica. After some diligent searching and a ...
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Exporting images as .avi

Here's a list of images: images = Table[ExampleData[i], {i, ExampleData["TestImage"]}]; And according to the reference "Export exports a list of graphics, ...
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Exporting Animations under Duration constraints to view on an iPad

I would like to show some eye-movements datas as animation on an iPad. That is to see the gazes as they occured as a function of time. Ideally We would only see the Graphics objects, not the ...
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When importing GIF animation, how to find the correct list of “DisplayDurations”?

When importing GIF animations with variable frame durations, the settings for "DisplayDurations" are not recovered correctly. As an example, I'm using the movie from this earlier question: Here I'm ...
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Animate ParametricPlot3D for two different parametric equations

I want to write a computer program to generate 3-D plots (with x-y-t axes) to demonstrate the evolution of the two missiles in the following case: i. $x = 100t$, $y = 80t-16t^2$ for $0\leq t\leq 5$ ...
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Creating ghost trail effects

Does anyone know how to create a ghost trail effect? For a simple example look at this screenshot: You can find the actual animation here. What I would ultimately like to see it happen is to make ...
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Does Mathematica support variable frame rate for any video format, in analogue of GIF-style “DisplayDurations”?

The good old GIF animation format allows us to set the duration of each individual frame in the animation separately. This is especially useful if some frames in ...
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Rotating 3DPlot into animated gif

I'm trying to make an animated gif of a 3D plot by rotating the plot in its middle, around a vertical axis. I used the tricks gave by F'x and Heike in this thread autorotating 3D plot but I ...
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How to save animation in mp4 format instead of avi?

I'd like to save Manipulate[] output so that I can embed an mp4 in my pdf document (using the media9 latex package). I've done this successfully in the past by ...
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Animating a Voronoi Diagram

edit: Excellent answers have been provided and I made an animation which is suitable for my use, however, all the examples rely on bitmap/rasterized data; is there a vector based approach? I would ...
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Autorotating 3D plots

These days, I have to produce quite a few 3D surface plots (mostly functions of the type $\rho(\theta,\phi)$ plotted with SphericalPlot3D). To exchange these ...
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Morphing Graphics, color and location

I would like to make a small animation : 1-We start with a random distribution of gray points : ...
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What changes in Dynamic have occurred from Mathematica 7 to Mathematica 8 that might induce incompatibilities?

I have a function that outputs a Manipulate (say FAnimated[params_]:= Manipulate[F[params,t], {Time, Animator[t]}] where F ...
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Is it possible to insert an animated image into Mathematica notebook?

I find it very convenient to use Mathematica notebooks to organise the codes + results. I was wondering if it is possible to insert an animated image (say an animated gif) in the middle of a ...
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Incorporating an additional graphics element when using Animate and ParametricPlot3D

I'm trying to animate some curves that wrap around a cylinder. OK so far: ...
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Create a “perspective animation”

Inspired by How can this confetti code be improved to include shadows and gravity? I would like to create my new experiment/stimuli using Mathematica. The idea is to study how people move their eyes ...
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Animating a rotating disk

I have a system with 3 degrees of freedom that I want to know if it is possible to visualise with Mathematica in the two-dimensional $X-Y$ plane. I have a plane ...
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Is it possible to prerender animation in Wolfram Mathematica?

I have a DensityPlot which is evaluated for a long time. I wish to use it with animation, but it is absolutely inapropriate. Is it possible to render animation ...
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Using ListPointPlot3D to simulate 2D plots moving in time

I wrote a 1D solver for the heat equation $u_t=u_{xx}$, and I can animate the solution using normal ListPlot command, where the x-axis is the rod length, and the ...