animations in mathematica

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg33784] animations in mathematica*From*: Richard Easther <easther at physics.columbia.edu>*Date*: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 03:50:37 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: ISCAP (Inst. for Strings, Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics) Columbia U*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I am using Mathematica to plot the results of some numerical simulations, and then to animate the plots. The issue for me is that I eventually want to save these animations as Quicktime movies, but doing so seems to require that I generate *all* the frames in advance. Unfortunately, I want to have several hundred frames, and the notebook swells up to over 10Mb for forty frames of a simple simulations -- so I will run out of memory long before I generate all the frames. What I want to know as this: can Mathematica create an animation (and save it as a movie) where each frame is generated "on the fly" and then discarded once it has been used? I know that this could be very slow if I watched it in real time, but since I am looking to generate a movie this will not be a problem. Alternatively, if this is not possible, the approach seems to be to save each "frame" of the movie as a .jpg or .gif image, and then stitch them into a movie using some third party utility. If this is my only option, can anyone suggest a program that can do the stitching (that runs on either MacOS X or Solaris)? Richard

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: animations in mathematica***From:*SteveC <steve@fractalus.com>