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

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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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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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How to make this beautiful animation

How to make an animation of following gif in Mathematica? Edit: The animation shown above was created by Charlie Deck in processing. And how to make 3D analog? I tried first few steps ...
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Random polyhedra walk

I would like to recreate ssch's random polyhedra random walk, which he posted in the chat. For convenience here it is again: This is my best attempt so far: You can download the notebook with ...
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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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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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How to draw a spring?

I am new to Mathematica and have recently been exploring graphical animations. So I was experimenting with simple concepts in periodic motion and hence wondered how can I draw a simple spring? Is ...
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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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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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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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How to build a bvh (a motion capture file format) player in Mathematica?

How to build a bvh player that can be used to visualize human motions in Mathematica? Any idea or sample code would be appreciated. ...
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General techniques for creating complex animations

I love good animations of abstract concepts, and when I try to create them myself, I prefer doing so in code to make sure they are exact (and because some things are just way too fiddly to do by ...
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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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How to include Mathematica animation in a PowerPoint presentation?

Note: Cross-posted at Wolfram Community I want to include a Mathematica animation in PowerPoint presentation. My code is: ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Better way to visualize cylinder puzzle solution

The above puzzle has been a recent source of amusement in my clique. I decided to provide a visualization to motivate solution (here): My code: ...
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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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Animation of double pendulum

Sadly, I am a completely newbie. I am studying Physics and in our theoretical physics class we got the task to solve the double pendulum using Mathematica. We just got the program, but no introduction ...
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3D orbits and inaccuracy over time

I wrote a little program to use Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation to animate 3 planets orbiting a central star, but I have run into a problem. Here is the code that I used to create the program (I ...
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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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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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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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How to avoid the wiggly text on Ticks and Labels when rotating 3D objects

Motivation I'm trying to do a nice animation of the rotation of a ParametricPlot3D . My problem is that the Ticks numbers and ...
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3D surface that looks like a virus

I have been recently using Mathematica for composing animations that are part of the supplementary information of my papers. I am currently trying to build an animation that involves a viral ...
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Animating moving surface of torus

I would like to try to recreate something similar to Paolo Čerić's torus animation: I have isolated the moving surface torus section form this Wolfram Demonstration by Kevin Sonnanburg: ...
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How to simulate the true reflective movement of a particle bouncing around in an ellipse?

Please help me to simulate the movement of a particle inside a region with elliptical walls such that particle is reflected from the walls and continues to move. A friend was able write code to ...
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Solving and Animating Three Body Problem

I am attempting to solve a three-body problem using the Lagrange formalism, with a 1/r potential. I started off by defining T and U (kinetic and potential energy) as follows: ...
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Mathematica, animations, and external ray tracing programs

As much as I enjoy and admire Mathematica's animation capabilities, I would like to take my animations to the next level by exporting the geometry of every frame to an external ray tracing program ...
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Animating transition between all graph representations obtained from curated data

Pappus graph is one of many graphs whose various data is contained within Mathematica. Mathematica typically keeps several ways of representing such graphs: ...
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Animate point going around a triangle

How can I animate a point moving on a triangle's sides? I can generate a triangle and point, but I have no idea how to define point movement. I'm guessing that I have to use $\sin$ and $\cos$ in ...
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How can I create a fountain effect?

Inspired by this (please use Chrome or Firefox), I tried to simulate it, but I couldn't do it. I'm not familiar with Dynamic. Here is my simple code: ...
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How to make a movie from a complex demonstration?

I have a complex Manipulate-based demonstration containing a few sliders and a Setterbar. I would like to make a movie out of it, avi, or whatever else. The ...
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How do I emulate MATLAB's comet plot?

I have tried the following code: ParametricPlot[{Sin[12 u] Cos[u], Sin[12 u] Sin[u]}, {u, 0, 2 Pi}] and it produced the following image: MATLAB has a ...
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How can I collect data for visualization of quick sort?

I know how to implement quick sort in Mathematica. But I don't know how to get the temp data for visualization, because I used recursion. I want the effect similar to this: ...
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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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How to plot GDPs in this way?

Actually the current answer is very wonderfull.The bouns just for someone can complete this question. I found this interesting plot of how the relationship between the GDPs of different countries has ...
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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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Wiggly and imprecise animated gif output

Trying to make animated gif of zooming into famous Ford circles. With the code ...
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How can I simulate this animation of checking for prime numbers?

I can only implement a very simple one, I want to make my code look like that. Any better ideas? ...
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How to obtain transparent animated gif via Export?

I have the following code to create animated GIFs: ...
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How to make a Cahn–Hilliard model GIF

The question derived from @Jason B 's answer.I wanna make it but don't how to do.But we can get some rule about the GIF The change of the total pixel is very small. ...
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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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Morphing a “sheet of paper” into a torus

How can I visualize the standard topological "rubber-sheet" construction of a torus, that is, morphing a square into a torus? How can I start or are there any examples in the Mathematica ...
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How should I reproduce this colorful swirling gif?

Surfing on the web, I came upon this cool gif: Does any one know how to reproduce this in Mathematica? I have some ideas myself, so I will try to answer this question as well.
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How can I highlight a moving bar in an animation of a bar chart?

I wrote the following code, but I don't know how to highlight the moving bar. ...
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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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Make the moon's 3D gif

How do I make the following gif I tried: ...