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Re: Mathematica 3.0 and QuickTime

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  • Subject: [mg14589] Re: [mg14578] Mathematica 3.0 and QuickTime
  • From: Andrew Watson <abwatson at>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 01:51:00 -0500
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At 12:07 AM -0800 10/30/98, Wagner Truppel wrote:
>Hello everyone,
>I'm using Mathematica 3.0.0 on a PPC Mac running MacOS 8.1 and whenever
>I  try to save an animation as a QuickTime movie, something strange
>consistently happens. Here's the sequence of events:
>1. I select all graphic cells belonging to the animation 2. Choose Save
>Selection As... QuickTime 3. The QuickTime compression options dialog
>box appears and I make my  choices, then hit OK
>4. The save-file dialog box appears, I type the file name, then hit the
>Save button
>So far, this is how it should be. But...
>5. The save-file dialog box appears *again*, right away 6. Okay, that's
>odd, but I type the file name I want once again, then hit Save 7.
>Mathematica returns to the FrontEnd very quickly, regardless of how
>large the animation is
>8. A movie file is created, with a single frame in it, the first frame
>of  the animation
>What gives??


I have also had problems in this arena (see below), which are
acknowledged to be bugs by wolfram. However, note also that for certain
conditions it works (see below).

>I have encountered the following problem:
>1) In a Mathematica Notebook, I create a sequence of graphic frames.
>2) I select them.
>3) From the Edit menu, I choose "Save selection as..." -> QuickTime
>4) In the dialog box, under Compressor Settings" I choose "None" and
>"Millions of Colors".
>5) The sequence of graphics is correctly saved to disk as a QuickTime Movie.
>If, however, in step 4) I choose "None" and "256 Grays", then no file is


Andrew B. Watson
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NASA Ames Research Center
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