I find that the Export of Manipuate contains backforward play, see a simplified example:

  Plot[Sin[2 x + φ], {x, 0, 10}], {φ, 0, 2 π}]]

You can see the problem in the SWF file. (I'm sorry that the exported SWF file cannot be uploaded here)

Actually, I have two questions here,

  1. Is there any simple way to get a animation with only forward play? I can find nothing about this in the help documents.

  2. Why is GIF not working in Export? That is to say, if I use Export["try.gif", Manipulate[...]],the exported file, otherwise an animation, is only a static picture actually.

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    $\begingroup$ Try Export["yourfile.gif", Table[Plot[Sin[2 x + \[Phi]], {x, 0, 10}], {\[Phi], 0, 2 Pi, 2 Pi/20}]] $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2012 at 3:46
  • $\begingroup$ @ belisarius, you mean the gif can only be used in exporting a sequence of images? $\endgroup$
    – yulinlinyu
    Oct 29, 2012 at 3:49
  • $\begingroup$ An animated GIF is just a series of GIFs ... you have to specify them one by one, yes $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2012 at 3:50
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    $\begingroup$ There was also a way by using Animate[]. I don't remember it right now $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2012 at 3:51

1 Answer 1


Both questions can be addressed by using a Table to generate the frames of the animation rather than Manipulate:

mov = Table[Plot[Sin[2 x + ϕ], {x, 0, 10}, PlotRange->All], {ϕ, 0, 2 π, 
2 π/10}];
Export["movie.gif", mov] 

enter image description here

Although this runs the animation in the forward direction only, it does repeat indefinitely. This technique is not limited to .gif, e.g., I use this to export .swf animations quite a bit.

You can of course control the smoothness of the animation by changing the increment 2 π/10 to something smaller if you like.

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    $\begingroup$ Quick comment: better to use Export["movie.gif", Most[mov]] because your Table duplicates the starting point of the periodicity interval so that the movie appears to stop briefly when it completes one loop. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Nov 29, 2012 at 17:23
  • $\begingroup$ Good point, although I left that repetitious frame there so he could see the animation was repeating (and when). This may not be desirable in his final application though. $\endgroup$
    – JohnD
    Nov 29, 2012 at 17:31

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